Anthem Richmond Marathon

Run Richmond Once and You’ll Know Why We’re “America’s Friendliest Marathon”!


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Come experience "America's Friendliest Marathon".  It's 26.2 miles of smiles!

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Why run Richmond? It’s the little things that add up. A great scenic course that takes you through some of Richmond’s most historic neighborhoods, culminating in a downhill finish in the heart of downtown. On-course support featuring live bands, DJs, spirit groups and Party Zones guaranteed to give you that extra burst of energy. Unique features, including junk food stops and wet washcloths along the course, as well as hot pizza and a complimentary massage to greet you at the finish line. Even an online registration system that doesn’t hit you with extra fees to sign up. It’s what led Runner’s World to confirm what we’ve been saying all along: The Anthem Richmond Marathon truly is “America’s Friendliest Marathon”!

Runner's World Magazine named us a "Must Do" marathon in 2005 & 2009 and twice selected us as the site of their Marathon Challenge!

The January 2005 issue of Runner’s World magazine had this to say in touting Richmond as one of the 12 must-do marathons that offer “big fun, big scenery, big rewards”:

This marathon starts and finishes in charming historic downtown Richmond, once the capital of the south. The scenic, fast loop course takes in all of the city’s old neighborhoods, traveling up Monument Avenue, past statues of Confederate soldiers and Richmond native and tennis star Arthur Ashe, through the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, then alongside the James River. Along with the typical water and sports drink stops, this is probably the only race in the country that offers junk food stops, at miles 16 and 22, stocked with Gummy Bears, cookies, and soda. There are also two wet-washcloth stations, at miles 17 and 23, perfect for cleaning up for your finish-line photo. Three party zones set up along the way with free food, prize giveaways, and noisemakers for spectators and family means lots of enthusiastic, cheering support. The last mile features a fast downhill to the finish in the trendy Shockoe Slip area, where there are plenty of postrace goodies, including bagels, fruit, and pizza, and a band to celebrate your finish. (Runner’s World, January 2005)

The Anthem Richmond Marathon is a Boston Marathon qualifier!


Along with VIP Treatment, All Marathon Participants Receive...

Every participant receives an official long sleeve technical race shirt, a custom medal and fleece finisher blanket at the finish line, and is admitted to a special post-race celebration with plenty of free food, drink, and lots of smiles and pats on the back. 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 Mountain Blast POWERade (the blue stuff) are available at every water stop on the race course. Assorted flavors (vanilla, chocolate & citrus orange) of Accel Gel 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.


Starting Corrals

Participants in the marathon will be corralled for the start based on predicted times listed on their completed entry form.*

*Racing wheelchair participants, please email Kristen Lessig at Sportable to coordinate your starting corral position.


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 9:58 a.m.

Mile 11 by 11:02 a.m.

Mile 16 by 12:22 p.m.

Mile 20 by 1:26 p.m.

2014 Race Schedule

Thursday, November 13

  • 5 - 9 p.m. Health & Fitness Expo at the Arthur Ashe Center: Packet pick-up, Expo and walk-up registration

Friday, November 14

  • 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Health & Fitness Expo at the Arthur Ashe Center: Packet pick-up, Expo and walk-up registration
  • 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Marathon Course Bus Tours (reservation required).

Saturday, November 15

  • 7 a.m. 8k start
  • 7:30 a.m. Half Marathon start (Wave A)
  • 7:50 a.m. Marathon start
  • 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Post-race celebration at Finish Line
  • 3 p.m. Marathon course closes

Health & Fitness Expo/Packet and Shirt Pick-up

Packet pick-up will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo held at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center on Thursday, November 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, November 14 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

3001A N. Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23230

THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP! A photo ID is required to pick up your race packet. You may pick up a race packet for another pre-registered runner, provided you have a copy of their photo ID. 

Have your bib number and shirt mailed to you!

Can’t make it to the expo to pick up your packet? We now offer the option of paying to have your bib number and shirt mailed to you! The cost is $25 per person and the deadline to take advantage of this option is September 30, 2014. This option is only available when you register online.




1 $2,500
2 $1,500
3 $750
4 $500
5 $250

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 in the finish line area immediately after they have all completed the race.  Age group winners in all 3 races will be mailed their personalized awards after the race.


Sports Backers Marathon Training Team

Sports Backers

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 2014 Anthem Richmond Marathon - will work together to reach this goal. Get More Information »


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 14 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.

Race Day Bag Check

UPS trucks will be on site at the Starting Line to collect your bags and then take them to the Finish.  Clearly mark your bag with your name and race number.

Race Rules

  • 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 September 30 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.
  • 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.
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