The marathon course through scenic and historic sections of the city, including along and across the beautiful James River.

The marathon course is great for first-timers and features some rolling hills. The marathon is USA Track & Field sanctioned and certified and is a top Boston Qualifier.

VCU Health Richmond Marathon Course Map

To print out a PDF version of this map, click here.
To view an interactive MapMyRun map, click here.
Click here for turn-by-turn marathon course directions.

For a combined marathon/half marathon/8k course map, click here.

Marathon Start

Grace Street at 5th (the half marathon and 8k courses start one block over on Broad Street at 7th and 8th Streets, respectively). For a map of the Start Area, click here.

Finish

All three races end on a downhill slope at 5th & Tredegar Street at Brown’s Island and the Canal Walk on Richmond’s beautiful downtown riverrfont, site of the CoStar Post Race Party.

Marathon Course Support

  • Diamond Springs water: At the start and every two miles until Mile 20, then every mile thereafter
  • POWERade: Mountain Berry Blast flavor (blue) will be at every water stop on the course
  • Honey Stinger energy gel (Gold, Chocolate (caffeinated), and Organic Gel Fruit Smoothie): Miles 14 and 21
  • Junk Food Stops: Miles 16 & 22
  • Pickle Juice: Mile 23
  • Wet wash cloths: Miles 17 & 23
  • Port-o-johns: Start/Finish and adjacent to every water stop
  • Medical attention: Available along the course

Course Time Limit

We encourage the seasoned and first time marathoners (including walkers) alike to take part.  Our course, however, is only open for 7 hours.  This requires a 16:02 per mile pace. You must pass these points by the following times in order to continue with course support:

Mile 7 – 9:45 a.m.
Mile 11 – 10:50 a.m.
Mile 16 – 12:10 p.m.
Mile 20 – 1:15 p.m.