2020 Peace of Mind

We know you’re just as excited to run Richmond as we are, but we also know that you might have a lot of questions about our race day plans during these uncertain times. The one thing we can promise you is we are working extremely hard to make sure you have a race to run, even if it doesn’t look exactly as we all hope. We want you to feel totally comfortable in your decision to run the Richmond Half Marathon so we have several registration options available to our participants.

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Richmond Half MarathonSure it’s half the distance, but it’s just as fun! The Richmond Half Marathon takes everything we love about the full, and packs it into 13.1 miles. Along the course you’ll see beloved Richmond locations such as the downtown area, Virginia Commonwealth University, Northside, Bryan Park, Bellevue, Brown’s Island, and more! During the race you’ll be treated to the highest level of course support with a wet washcloth stop, junk food station, and our famous pickle juice stop. Neighborhood parties, community spirit groups, and enthusiastic crowds will keep you motivated and entertained as you make your way to our downhill finish! Celebrate your victory with all types of cool swag, Sierra Nevada beer, pizza, and a riverfront view. What are you waiting for?! Richmond is calling!

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!

Race Date

Saturday, November 14, 2020

Start Time

7:30 a.m. Sharp

(Subject to change)

Half Marathon Entry Fees

Through August 31 $75




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

Course Map & Info

With street art and river views, historic architecture and beautiful parks, the half marathon course treats runners to a unique and unforgettable tour of RVA that ends with a grand finale finish line and post-race party on the riverfront!

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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!

Run Richmond Premium Package

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 this hard, now it’s time to take it easy and run in style. Go ahead, you deserve it!

Additional Info

Half Marathon Swag

Along with phenomenal course support and VIP treatment, all half marathoners receive:

  • Gender-specific long sleeve technical race shirt
  • Custom medal at the finish line
  • Premium finisher item
  • Our famous fleece Finisher Blanket
  • All finishers can redeem a free certificate to recognize and commemorate their accomplishment.

Course Support

  • Diamond Springs water: At the start, Miles 2, 4, 6, and 8-12
  • Nuun: At every water stop on the course
  • Honey Stinger energy gel (Gold, Chocolate (caffeinated), and Organic Gel Fruit Smoothie): Mile 8
  • Junk Food Stop: Mile 9
  • Pickle Juice: Mile 10
  • Wet wash cloths: Miles 10https://nuunlife.com/
  • Port-o-johns: Start/Finish and adjacent to every water stop
  • Medical attention: Available along the course.

Course Time Limit

All participants must be able to finish the half marathon in 4 hours. In order to do so, you will need to maintain a 18:19 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.



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.  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 for the half marathon are 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.

The Awards Ceremony for overall winners in each race will take place on Brown’s Island in the Finish Festival area soon after they have all completed the race.

Age group winners will be notified by email on or about Tuesday, Nov. 24, with instructions on how to redeem their personalized award.

Starting Waves

Due to the size of the race, the Richmond Half Marathon utilizes wave starts. Participants start in equal size waves with others of the same general speed based on the predicted time indicated on their entry forms. Note: Start Waves and race start times are subject to change.

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

Richmond Half Marathon
Start Time
Predicted Times
7:30 a.m.
1:44 & under
7:32 a.m.
1:45 – 1:50
7:34 a.m.
1:51 – 1:59
7:36 a.m.
2 hours
7:38 a.m.
2 hours
7:40 a.m.
2:01 – 2:05
7:42 a.m.
2:06 – 2:10
7:44 a.m.
2:11 – 2:15
7:46 a.m.
2:16 – 2:29
7:48 a.m.
7:50 a.m.
2:31 – 2:59
7:52 a.m.
3 hours & over

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 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 or in person at the Race Expo. There is a $10 fee to do so, along with any applicable entry fee difference.
  • This race is conducted under the rules of USATF and the Road Runners Club of America.
  • The age minimum to register for the Markel Richmond Half Marathon is 12 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


Entry fees are non-refundable; even in the case of a race postponement, cancellation 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. 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 per person cost to do so. Checks (made payable to “Sports Backers”) can be mailed to us at the following address:

Sports Backers
100 Avenue of Champions
Richmond, VA 23230

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 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 2019 to 2020 and would now like to 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].


You may defer your registration from the 2020 VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half Marathon or Allianz Partners 8k to the 2021 event. You may only defer to and from the same event: 2020 8k to 2021 8k, 2020 Half to 2021 Half or 2020 Full to 20201 Full. Deferred registrations may not be transferred to another person. Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances. Due to COVID-19 we have waived the fee to defer your race entry. All deferrals must be done by October 31, 2020 and may be used only for the 2021 event. You may only defer an entry once (i.e., if you deferred your 2019 entry to 2020, you will not be able to defer it again in 2020 to 2021). There will be no deferrals at the race expo.

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 Monday, November 9, 2020 unless otherwise noted:

  • Predicted time (until September 30)
  • Gender
  • Shirt size (until September 30)
  • Address
  • Date of birth
  • E-mail address

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

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

Elite Athlete Information

Due to COVID-19, we have removed prize money for the 2020 VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half Marathon and Allianz Partners 8k, including the Richmond Area Marathon Championships. 

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


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 Richmond Half Marathon course records
  • $1,000 bonus for Allianz Partners 8k course records

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 event awards the top local marathon 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

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.