Registration for the 2021 event now open!

Get in on the race day fun with an 8k (4.97 miles) run or walk through downtown Richmond and Virginia Commonwealth University. You’ll be the first on the course to experience our awesome crowd support and enthusiastic spectators. Go your own speed, as this race welcomes all paces, from the super-fast, to those just starting out, and walkers as well!

All participants receive a medal…because we know you want that bling! So what are you waiting for?! Let’s run Richmond! 

Please Note: Race format and amenities are subject to change due to current COVID-19 mandates and recommendations.

Race Date

Saturday, November 13, 2021
7:00 a.m. start time

8k Entry Fees

Through June 30: $30

Note: A $20 donation to Kids Run RVA (our official event charity) will automatically reduce your race entry fee by $10.

Register Now

or print out an entry form and mail it in with payment

Course Map & Information

If the past year has proven anything, it’s shown that the running community is resilient and that the desire to cross a finish line remains strong. We don’t know if the 2021 Allianz Partners 8k will be in Downtown Richmond or not, but we do know that you’ll be able to cross a finish line with us!

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Safety Procedures

We have also proven our ability to organize a race experience tailor-made to fit the needs of our environment and of our participants—your safety and the safety of our community is our top priority.

Check out our training solutions!

Need help preparing? We offer in-person and virtual training teams to help you get to the finish line and reach your goals!

Here is what 2020 participants said
It was such a great experience! Thank you ALL so much for everything you’ve been doing. So glad I was able to run Richmond today!!
– Marcia Chipperfield
Thanks for an amazing event and for adapting and overcoming! Trifecta completed this morning. Way to go Sports Backers.
– Sinead Lynch Hall
Thank you very much for making the Richmond challenge experience feasible with all the chaos going on around us. It has made some sort of normalcy for the running community.
– Daniel Lee Jordan

Additional Info

Safety and COVID-19 Event Impacts and Procedures

As we navigate our ever-changing world, our mission to inspire you to live an active lifestyle remains. Now, more than ever, the Sports Backers team wants to keep you moving, but only in a way that keeps our participants, volunteers, staff and communities safe and healthy.

We have also proven our ability to organize a race experience tailor-made to fit the needs of our environment and of our participants. Our team is working hard to build an event that meets the current social distancing requirements so that we can get back to celebrating your active lifestyles through our events in the safest way possible.

These policies and procedures are based on current recommendations for COVID-19 safety protocols and are subject to change at any time.

 

Course Details

Course Support*

  • Diamond Springs water and NuunMiles 2 and 4 and finish. Water is also available at the start
  • Porta-johns: Start, Miles 2 & 4, and at the finish
  • Medical attention: Available at the start, along the course and at the finish

*Course support and amenities are subject to change due to current COVID-19 mandates and recommendations

At this time, we are able to guarantee:

  • USATF Certified course
  • Start and finish line
  • Mile Markers
  • Bottle refill stations
  • Restrooms along course

 

Awards

Please Note: Awards are subject to change due to COVID-19 procedures.

Place Prize
1 $1,000
2 $500
3 $250
4 $150
5 $100

Overall awards are determined by clock time; age group awards by chip time.  Awards will be presented to the top five in all age groups in all races. Age groups for the 8k are: 19 & under, 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.

Age group winners will be notified by email the week after the race, with instructions on how to redeem their personalized award.

Starting Corrals

Participants in the 8k will be corralled for the start based on predicted times listed on their completed entry form. The 8k begins at 7 a.m. sharp. Note: Start Corrals and race start time are subject to change.

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

Corral
Predicted Times
1
49 minutes & under
2
:50 – :59
3
 1 hour – 1:10
4
1:11 & over

8k Finisher Swag

8k Finisher SWAG will include:

  • Gender specific long sleeve technical race shirt
  • Finisher medal
  • Buff

Entry Confirmation

Already registered? You can confirm your entry here.

Event Rules

  • Entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of a race cancellation, updated race format, and/or if you are unable to participate; 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.
  • Courses are USATF Certified
  • The age minimum to register for the Allianz Partners 8k is 6 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.

Cancellations, Switches & Deferrals

Postponements/Cancellations

Entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of a race postponement, cancellation, updated race format, and/or if you are unable to participate; race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. No exceptions. This means once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number or timing tag to anyone else.

Switching Races

There will be no refunds and no transfer of entries from person-to-person. You may switch between the three events (8k, half, and full) for a $10 fee plus the difference in entry fee at the time of the switch. If you are already signed up for one race and want to switch to the other, you may do so online through October 30, provided the race you are switching to has not reached its capacity.

The distance of the event you are switching to/from is a non-factor in determining what you will owe when you switch events. The determining factors are what you have already paid and the current price of the event you are switching to. If you have already paid more than the current price of the event you are switching to, you will only owe the $10 transfer fee. If you have paid less than the current entry fee of the event you are switching to, you will owe the difference in what you have paid and the current entry fee + the $10 transfer fee. You will not receive a refund of any entry fees.

PLEASE NOTE: If you deferred your race entry from 2020 to 2021 and would now like switch distances, you must email [email protected] or call 804-285-9495 x250 in order to process the switch.

1. Switching to an event that is less expensive than what you have already paid:

EXAMPLE: If you registered for the half marathon for $75 and then want to switch to the 8k when its entry fee is $30, you would only pay the $10 transfer fee.

2. Switching to an event that is more expensive than what you have already paid:

EXAMPLE: If you registered for the marathon for $85 and would like to switch to the half marathon in July when the half’s entry fee is $95, you will owe $20 ($10 difference in entry fee + $10 transfer fee).

To begin the switching process, click here and follow the prompts.

Still have questions or trying to switch between one of our training teams? Please e-mail [email protected].

Deferrals

You may defer your registration from the 2021 VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half Marathon, or Allianz Partners 8k to the 2022 event. You may only defer to and from the same event distance. Deferred registrations may not be transferred to another person. Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances. All deferrals must be done by October 30, 2021 and may be used only for the 2022 event.

Please note: Training team registrations have different deferral rules and deadlines. Check each Training Team page for details.

To begin the deferral process, click here and follow the prompts.

Still have questions? Please e-mail [email protected].

How do I make changes to my registration information?

If you need to make a change to your registration, you may do so online. You have the ability to change the following online until Saturday, October 30, 2021 unless otherwise noted:

  • Predicted time (until September 29)
  • Gender
  • Shirt size (until September 29)
  • Shipping Address
  • Birthdate
  • E-mail address

To edit any of your registration information, click here for instructions.

If you need to change information other than is listed above, please e-mail [email protected].

Elite Athlete Information

Please Note: Elite athlete and prize money are subject to change due to COVID-19 procedures.

If you would like to enter the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half Marathon or Allianz Partners 8k as an elite athlete, please fill out this application and return it, along with a running resume, to the elite athlete coordinator, Thom Suddeth at [email protected]

Prize Money

Place Marathon Half Marathon 8k
1 $2,500 $1,000 $1,000
2 $1,500 $500 $500
3 $750 $250 $250
4 $500 $150 $150
5 $250 $100 $100

Eligibility

To be eligible for elite entry or prize purse at the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half Marathon and Allianz Partners 8k, an athlete must:

  • Not be currently serving a suspension for use of a banned substance
  • Not have ever served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs
  • Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who have had 2 or more athletes receive such suspensions in the previous 4 years
  • Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who ever served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs during their own athletic career
  • Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9, W-8ECI or W-8BEN)

Course Records

Double your money! Bonuses are offered for course records for both male and female athletes.

  • $2,500 bonus for VCU Health Richmond Marathon course records
  • $1,000 bonus for Markel Richmond Half Marathon course records
  • $1,000 bonus for Allianz Partners 8k course records

Bonus Money for Fast Marathon Times

Bonuses of $500 will be awarded marathoners that finish under a certain time.

  • Male – 2:20
  • Female – 2:46

Travel & Accommodations

  • There is no available travel and accommodations for the Richmond Half Marathon and Allianz Partners 8k.
  • We have limited travel and accommodation for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon

Requirements to be considered for free entry*

Event Male Female
Allianz Partners 8k < 0:24:30 < 0:27:30
Richmond Half Marathon < 1:10:00 < 1:22:00
VCU Health Richmond Marathon < 2:25:00 < 2:50:00

*All times must have been run in the last 18 months
*Comparable times from other distances are considered

Richmond-Area Marathon Championship

The VCU Health Richmond Marathon is awarding the top local finishers with cash prizes! Any current resident of the Richmond-Petersburg MSA is eligible to win prize money for being the first Richmond resident to cross the finish line at the VCU Health Richmond Marathon. Prize money will be awarded to the top three males and females as follows:

Place Amount
1…………………………..$500
2…………………………..$300
3…………………………..$100

Please note: Plaques will be awarded to the top three local male and female finishers in the Richmond Half Marathon and Allianz Partners 8k. Richmond-Area Marathon Championship prize money and plaques will be mailed after the event.

Team Registration

Are you part of your local running club? Do you run with a group of friends or co-workers? Do you just want to do this thing with your people? Either way, running as a team is always more fun and at the Richmond Marathon, we invite you and your squad to join in on that fun, TOGETHER! Bring your community to be a part of our community – after all, we are America’s Friendliest Marathon! Click here to learn more!