Course Map & Information
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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! Enjoy our famous downhill finish and party on the riverfront. Celebrate with pizza and a Sierra Nevada beer while you wait for the half and full finishers to join you! All participants receive a medal…because we know you want that bling!
Take some time to revel in your accomplishment, but don’t let your Richmond experience end there. Whether you’re a local or from out of town, there’s a whole city to explore. You might just decide you don’t want to leave!
(Subject to change)
|Through June 20, 2019||$30|
|July 1 – Sept. 30||$35|
|Oct. 1 – Nov. 11||$40|
|Race Week Nov. 12 – 15||$50|
|Race Day on Nov. 16||$60|
THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP!
Note: A $50 donation to Kids Run RVA (our official event charity) will automatically reduce your race entry fee by $20.
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Need help preparing? We offer in-person and virtual training teams to help you get to the finish line and reach your goals!
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 hard, now it’s time to take it easy and run in style. Go ahead, you deserve it!
Every 8k runner receives a special technical race shirt along with a medal at the finish line and is admitted to the post-race celebration with plenty of free food, drink, and lots of smiles and pats on the back.
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. 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. Age group winners will receive their personalized awards by mail after the race.
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 will be notified by email on or about Tuesday, Nov. 26, with instructions on how to redeem their personalized award.
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.
49 minutes & under
:50 – :59
1 hour – 1:10
1:11 & over
Already registered? You can confirm your entry here.
Entry fees are non-refundable; 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. Anyone found participating with another person’s number will be disqualified and both people will be barred from future Sports Backers events, including the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k and VCU Health Richmond Marathon.
If you are unable to participate and would like your race shirt mailed to you, there is a $5 cost to do so. Checks (made payable to “Sports Backers”) can be mailed to us at the following address:
100 Avenue of Champions
Richmond, VA 23230
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 31 or in person at the Race Expo, 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 2018 to 2019 and would now like switch distances, you must email [email protected] or call 804-285-9495 x250 in order to process the switch.
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.
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).
Still have questions or trying to switch between one of our training teams? Please e-mail [email protected].
You may defer your registration from the 2019 VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Markel Richmond Half Marathon or Richmond 8k to the 2020 event. The fee to defer a registration is $10 for the 8k and $20 for the half or full marathons. You may only defer to and from the same event: 2019 8k to 2020 8k, 2019 Half to 2020 Half or 2019 Full to 2020 Full. Deferred registrations may not be transferred to another person. Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances. All deferrals must be done by October 31, 2019 and may be used only for the 2020 event. You may only defer an entry once (i.e., if you deferred your 2018 entry to 2019, you will not be able to defer it again in 2019 to 2020). There will be no deferrals at the race expo.
Please note: Deferrals do not apply to training team registrations.
Still have questions? Please e-mail [email protected].
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 Monday, November 11, 2019 unless otherwise noted:
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].
If you would like to enter the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Markel Richmond Half Marathon or Richmond 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]
To be eligible for elite entry or prize purse at the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Markel Richmond Half Marathon and Richmond 8k, an athlete must:
Double your money! Bonuses are offered for course records for both male and female athletes.
Bonuses of $500 will be awarded marathoners that finish under a certain time.
|Richmond 8k||< 0:24:30||< 0:27:30|
|Markel 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
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:
Please note: Plaques will be awarded to the top three local male and female finishers in the Markel Richmond Half Marathon and Richmond 8k. Richmond-Area Marathon Championship prize money and plaques will be mailed after the event.