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).


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.

Marathon Course Support

  • Diamond Springs water: At the start and every two miles until Mile 20, then every mile thereafter
  • POWERade: 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.