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Marathon host company J&A Racing

Although most athletes take running very seriously, there’s something unarguably carefree about sprinting in a large group of people dressed in costume, followed by the clinking of plastic cups of beer with fellow participants at the end of a race. Unique aspects like these are what make Jerry and Amy Frostick’s races stand out among others in Coastal Virginia.

For just over 10 years, the couple has owned J&A Racing, a race management company in Virginia Beach, but they each had a strong background in running before they even met. The sport eventually brought them together when Amy came into Jerry’s running store to buy shoes. The two hit it off and have been married for nearly 15 years.  “It’s helped us that the two of us share the same passion,” Jerry says. “She’s still by far my favorite person to run with.”

In 2003, the couple took over the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, which drew 3,500 runners at the time. “We didn’t have a clue what we were doing, but we got our feet wet and ended up loving it,” Amy says. “We both had the passion for it and really wanted to see it grow.” And, oh, did it grow. The race now attracts 28,000 participants.

Along with the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon (which encompasses the Anthem Half Marathon and TowneBank Shamrock 8K), their company hosts four additional races each year: the Coors Light Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon & 5K; the Anthem Wicked 10K; the Norfolk Southern Surf-n-Santa 10 Miler, Frosty’s 5K and Rudolph’s 1K; and the Bon Secours In Motion Virginia is for Lovers 14K (which incorporates the Sweetheart 6K and Cupid’s 1K). The couple isn’t opposed to offering more races in the future, but for now they’re concentrating on perfecting their current ones. “We never really tried to be the biggest; we wanted to be the best, and I think that’s still what drives us,” Jerry says.

For those who have made it a New Year’s resolution to compete in a race, the Frosticks have created a group called the J&A Training Team with accomplished runner Coach Ryan Carroll. This 16-week training program is tailored to both seasoned runners and newcomers. “Sometimes the word ‘marathon’ scares people,” Jerry says. “You’re not going to be last, and if you are, who cares? It’s about being healthy and enjoying the process.”

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