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It's 26.2 miles of smiles!
Richmond is on more and more “hot” lists as one of the best places to live, visit, and run in the country, and each of our scenic courses showcases some of our city’s favorite attributes. 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 ends with a grand finale finish line and post-race party on the riverfront!
During your race, you’ll also encounter live bands, DJs, spirit groups, and Party Zones that will offer plenty of encouragement and motivation. Need an extra burst of energy? We have you covered with junk food stops and wet wash cloths!* Once you cross the finish line, you’ll be greeted by a well-earned celebration on Brown’s Island complete with 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. No matter if you’re a local or from out of town, there’s a whole city to explore!
*Marathon and Half Participants Only
Run Richmond and you, too, will know why we’re “America’s Friendliest Marathon!”
The VCU Health Richmond Marathon is one of the top 25 races most frequently used by runners wishing to qualify for the Boston Marathon!
Along with VIP Treatment, All Marathon Participants Receive...
Along with phenomenal course support and VIP treatment, all runners receive…
- Gender specific long sleeve technical race shirt
- Custom medal at the finish line
- Premium finisher item*
- Our famous fleece Finisher Blanket*
*Marathon and Half Participants Only
All finishers can redeem a free certificate to recognize and commemorate their accomplishment. Water stops are positioned at the start and every two miles until Mile 20, then every mile thereafter. Diamond Springs water and POWERade are available at every water stop on the race course. Assorted flavors of Honey Stinger energy gel (Gold, Chocolate (caffeinated), and Organic Gel Fruit Smoothie) are available at Miles 14 and 21. Marathoners looking for an extra burst of energy in the waning miles will want to make sure to hit the Junk Food Stop at Miles 16 and 22. Wet wash cloths are available at Miles 17 and 23. Porto-johns are stationed at the Start/Finish and adjacent to every water stop. Medical attention is available along the course.
Run Richmond Premium Package
You’re running Richmond!! Let us roll out the red carpet for you, and add that one-of-a-kind touch to your race experience. You’ve trained this hard, now it’s time to take it easy and run in style.
Race morning will begin in your own private area where you’ll enjoy light breakfast items and coffee, private gear check and private restrooms. After the race, celebrate with a catered brunch, celebratory champagne, massage, and more! Go ahead, you deserve it!
The cost for the Run Richmond Premium Package is $199 and can be added to your entry while registering online. A limited number of packages are being offered. Check out the details.
The VCU Health Richmond Marathon begins at 5th & Grace Streets in downtown Richmond, one block south of the start line for the Markel Richmond Half Marathon and Richmond 8k.
Participants in the marathon will be corralled for the start based on predicted times listed on their completed entry form. The marathon begins at 7:45 a.m. sharp.
*Racing wheelchair participants, please email Sportable to coordinate your starting corral position.
3:30 & under
3:31 - 3:59
4 hours - 4:14
4:15 - 4:30
4:31 - 5 hours
5:01 & over
7 Hour Course Time Limit
All participants must be able to finish the marathon in 7 hours. In order to do so, you will need to maintain a 16:02 per mile pace or you will be asked to move to the sidewalk to enable the reopening of the streets to vehicular traffic. At that time, there will no longer be traffic protection, medical aid or water stops offered. There will be four designated checkpoints along the course with shuttles available to take participants back to the finish area if anyone does not reach a checkpoint by these times:
- Mile 7 by 9:45 a.m.
- Mile 11 by 10:50 a.m.
- Mile 16 by 12:10 p.m.
- Mile 20 by 1:15 p.m.
Diamond Springs water and POWERade are offered every other mile beginning at Mile 2 and every mile from 21-25 on the Marathon course, as well as at the finish. Water is also available at the start. Port-o-johns are located at the start, all water stops, and at the finish. Honey Stinger energy gel is offered at Miles 14 & 21 and wet washcloths are available at Mile 17 & 23. Spectator Party Zones are located at Miles 7, 13 & 19.
Pickle Juice Stop on the marathon course
While we all relish the challenge of the marathon, no runner should have to dill with leg cramps during a race. That’s why we’ve got a Pickle Juice Stop at Mile 23 on the marathon course. We’re not gherkin your chain when we say that research suggests pickle juice helps relieve muscle cramps. Don't worry, we’ll have volunteers on hand to make sure you don’t mistakenly grab a cup of pickle juice instead of water. And if you find that cue cumbersome, there will also be signage to alert you.
Free shuttle service will be available to take participants and spectators from the Post-Race Party back to parking areas located near the Start. The shuttle will run on a loop from 8 a.m. until the conclusion of the event. You can pick up the shuttle in the cobblestone circle on 7th Street just across the pedestrian bridge from Brown’s Island.
Shower facilities offered for out-of-town runners
The Downtown YMCA is offering shower facilities to participants after the race. The Downtown YMCA is located at 2 W. Franklin Street (between Foushee and Adams Streets), a block off the course about a half mile from the finish line. Please bring your race number with you on race day and show it to the front desk. Towels are not provided, so be sure to bring your own.
Overall awards are determined by clock time; age group awards by chip time. Cash awards go to the top five overall finishers, male and female. Additional awards will be presented to the top five in all age groups in all races. Age groups are: 9 & under*, 10-14*, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70-74 and 75 & up. (*8k only)
The Awards Ceremony for overall winners in each race will take place on Brown's Island in the Finish Festival area soon after they have all completed the race.
Age group winners will be notified by email on or about Tuesday, Nov. 26, with instructions on how to redeem their personalized award.
Sports Backers Marathon Training Team
The Sports Backers Marathon Training Team is a comprehensive 24-week marathon training program. Individuals of all levels interested in running with a specific goal in mind – the 2019 VCU Health Richmond Marathon - will work together to reach this goal.
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Pace Teams and Course Tours
The Richmond Road Runners Club is proud to offer these two special, complimentary services to all Marathon participants. Pace Teams will be available to help you reach your time goal. Course Bus Tours will be available on Friday, November 9 and depart from the Race Expo (advanced reservations encouraged).
For Pace Team info and registration, click here.
For course bus tour info and registration, click here.
- Entry fees are non-refundable; race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. No exceptions. If you are already signed up for one race and want to switch to another and assuming the race you want to switch into has not reached capacity, you may do so online through October 31 or in person at the Race Expo. There is a $10 fee to do so, along with any applicable entry fee difference. You may also wish to click one of the following links for information about:
- This race is conducted under the rules of USATF and the Road Runners Club of America.
- The age minimum to register for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon is 16 years of age on or before race day.
- In consideration of the safety of all participants, NO HAND CYCLES, STROLLERS, BABY JOGGERS, BABIES IN CARRIERS/BACKPACKS, IN-LINE SKATES, SKATEBOARDS, BICYCLES OR ANIMALS ON LEASHES will be allowed on the course. This will be strictly enforced.