The VCU Health Richmond Marathon is “America’s Friendliest Marathon” (thanks, Runner’s World!) and with the Markel Richmond Half Marathon and Richmond 8k also taking place on November 16, we’ve got great races and great courses for every runner. Check out a few of the highlights—we can’t wait to see you in November!
Fast, Flat Course with Downhill Finish
Looking for a new PR? Hoping to qualify for Boston? Richmond is a great place for both! With a flat, fast course and downhill finish (not to mention mild fall temperatures) plenty of runners cross the finish line with a new personal best. We’re also a top 20 Boston Marathon Qualifying race, helping you get one step closer to a major running milestone.
Enthusiastic Course Support
Richmond is ‘America’s Friendliest Marathon’ for a reason, and that reason is incredible support from registration to expo, and from race start to race finish. With street art and, river views, historic architecture and beautiful parks, our race routes treat runners to a unique and unforgettable tour of RVA that includes incredible spectator enthusiasm every step of the way. Need more proof? How about junk food, wet washcloth, and even pickle juice stops for a much needed burst of energy along the way to the finish line!
Unique Finisher Swag
All finishers receive a one-of-a-kind finisher medal, as well as our signature fleece blanket! They both pair perfectly well with the riverfront finish festival on Brown’s Island, where you can enjoy pizza and a Sierra Nevada beer on the house! Take some time to revel in your accomplishment, but don’t let your Richmond experience end there. Keep the party going! No matter if you’re a local or from out of town, there’s a whole city to explore!
Here’s What Some of Last Year’s Participants Had to Say
“This was a great race! Great organization, support, crowds, city, swag and postrace party!”
– Steve Mruskovic, High Bridge, NJ
“I’ve participated 3 years in a row and I just love this event! It is so well organized and Richmond residents come out in full force and excitement for the runners. I can’t say enough good things and the finish party is just so much fun with pizza and yoga and beer. If you’re on the fence, just sign up – you’re going to have a great experience!”
– Jeanne Boone. Arlington, VA
“Excellent race and beautiful city!”
– Emilio Del Toro, Hightstown, NJ
Run Richmond once and you, too, will know why we’re “America’s Friendliest Marathon!” Visit www.richmondmarathon.org to register now!