Shamrock Spotlight: Kellie Zinchini


We are so excited to be bringing you the “Shamrock Spotlight Series” on our blogs! The Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 8k Races bring thousands of runners, of all ages, abilities and locations, to the Virginia Beach oceanfront every year! As J&A Racing Live Love Run Ambassadors, we decided we wanted to celebrate these races, J&A Racing, and our community by doing a series that highlights participants, both local and out of town, on their journey to this years’ races.

We were incredibly fortunate to get the response we did when asking for volunteers to be spotlighted, and are grateful for the opportunity to share their stories with you!

Kristy and Lesleyanne



Age on Race Day:     24

Current City: Virginia Beach

Training for the Shamrock Half-Marathon

“I’m a mom of boy/girl twins (one and done baby!) and a Navy Diver wife. I love beer, wings, football, and Peyton Manning.”

Why you are running a Shamrock race in 2014? I’m running Shamrock to raise money for the charity, Courage Beyond, in dedication of my late brother, Kyle. Also, in hunt of a PR on the flat course 🙂

When did you start running? I ran a lot when I was younger but stopped after my freshman year of high school. I picked running back up January 2013.

How many races have you done and what’s your favorite? A lot throughout my life but I would say the Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon is my favorite because it was my first ever half marathon last year.

Where do you prefer to run? First Landing State Park

What’s the longest distance you’ve run? 22 miles

What is the one thing you DON’T like about running? I would pass on the ugly feet

 Favorite post-run indulgence? Chocolate Milk

Favorite running shoe? Saucony Mirage

Favorite song to run to? I rarely run with music

Favorite website to waste time on? Pinterest pinning projects that I’ll never do

Favorite running moment? When I got 2nd female overall in a 5k while pushing my twins in their Bob. I felt like I could achieve anything.

If you could pick one celebrity to run with, who would it be? My man Peyton Manning



If you’d like to help Kellie raise money for Courage Beyond, you can visit her fundraising page at here.

If you are participating in one of the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon, 1/2 Marathon, 8k Races this year and are interested in being spotlighted, please email

Published by Kristy

Storyteller. Copywriter. Connector. Documenting the inhales and exhales of daily live.

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