VCU Health Richmond Marathon

Registration for the 2021 event now open!

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

DID YOU KNOW? The VCU Health Richmond Marathon is one of the top 25 races most frequently used by runners wishing to qualify for the Boston Marathon!

Race Date

Saturday, November 13, 2021
7:45 a.m. start time

Marathon Entry Fees

December 1 – March 31: $85
April 1 – June 30: $95
July 1 – September 15: $105
September 16 – November 7: $125
Race Week, November 8- November 12: $135
Race Day, November 13: $145

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

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 hope and are planning for the 2021 VCU Health Richmond Marathon to return to Downtown Richmond. Come discover the River City and cross the finish line with us!

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Safety Procedures

We have 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.

Marathon Swag

All Marathon SWAG Packets will include: Gender specific long sleeve technical race shirt, finisher medal, premium finisher item, and our famous fleece finisher blanket!

Qualifying for Boston

The VCU Health Richmond Marathon is proud to be one of the most frequently used races to qualify for the Boston Marathon!

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
Great race! Richmond race shows an in person race can be done safely! Excellent support from workers, made my end of race memorable.
– Jane Brown
Every aspect of this event has exceeded expectations. Thanks for giving us an awesome running experience in this crazy time.
– Judy Yox
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 & COVID-19 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. We can assure you that we have our eye on all of the most recent COVID-19 guidelines and will make updates to our event as needed to stay within those guidelines, but most importantly to keep you safe.

As we get closer to the event date, any updated COVID-19 safety policies and procedures can be found here.

 

Course Details

Course Support*

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

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 marathon 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

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

Participants in the marathon will be corralled for the start based on predicted times listed on their completed entry form. The marathon begins at 7:45 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
3:30 & under
2
3:31 – 3:59
3
4 hours – 4:14
4
4:15 – 4:30
5
4:31 – 5 hours
6
5:01 & over

Boston Qualifying Race

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

The VCU Health Richmond Marathon is a great event for anyone trying to qualify for Boston. In fact, we are one of the top 25 races most frequently used to qualify for the Boston Marathon, based on the number of accepted entrants into the event.

Entry Confirmation

Already registered? You can confirm your entry here.

Event Rules

  • 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.  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 30 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 VCU Health Richmond Marathon is 16 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.

Marathon Finisher Swag

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

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

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. The fee to defer a registration is $10 for the 8k and $20 for the half or full marathons through August 31 and then $20 for the 8k and $30 for the half or full marathons from Sept 1 – October 31. All deferrals must be done by October 31, 2021 and may be used only for the 2022 event. You may only defer an entry once (i.e., if you defer your 2021 entry to 2022, you will not be able to defer it again to 2023)

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]

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)

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! Any current resident of the Richmond-Petersburg MSA is eligible to be awarded a plaque for being the first Richmond resident to cross the finish line at the VCU Health Richmond Marathon.

Please note: Plaques will be awarded to the top three local male and female finishers in the Richmond Half Marathon and Allianz Parnters 8k 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 VCU Health 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!