Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon
Richmond, VA USA
Saturday, November 10, 2013

Richmond Marathon Information

The Richmond Marathon, which bills itself as "America's Friendliest Marathon," is held every November in the capital city of Virginia. This popular course has been named twice as a "Must Do" marathon by "Runner's World Magazine."

The 26.2-mile race winds through the heart of Richmond's historic and charming downtown area and in some stretches alongside the scenic James River. This racecourse does feature some hilly sections, including a downhill section to the finish. In addition to the marathon, this event also offers a half marathon and an 8k for those who want to participate but don't want to run the full distance. All of the races are held on the same day, with staggered starting times.

The organizers try to make the event a fun and lively one for its runners by adding DJs, live bands, and junk food stops along the course. In addition, Richmond, which was also the former capital of the Confederacy and home to many historic buildings and districts, makes for a beautiful backdrop for the race.

Runners must register before the day of the race. They can do so by either printing out an entry form from the race's website and mailing or faxing it in, or they can register online. Racers can also register in person as late as the Friday before the event, but only if the race he or she is interested in has not reached its 7,500-person capacity. No registrations are accepted on the actual day of the marathon. The earlier a participant submits his registration form, the lower the cost of his entry fee.

Race packets must be picked up prior to race day at the place designated on the marathon's website. Racers are allowed to change from one race to another prior to the event, but they must pay a $10 change fee. They will also not be given a refund if they choose to move to a lower cost race.

Rooms in hotels situated along or near the course do sell out quickly, so it is important for a participant to try and book a room as soon as he or she knows that they will need one. Booking a hotel room near the beginning of the course will make it easier to reach the starting line on the morning of the race, as many streets near and along the route are blocked off for miles.

The Richmond Marathon's website lists a number of hotels that are located along the course route, as well as some that are close to the marathon. Each hotel listing includes distance to the start and/or finish line, contact information and prices.

Marathon participants who are unable to get a hotel room that is within easy walking distance to the starting line should give themselves plenty of time on the morning of the race to get to the event. Traffic can be horrendous due to all the blocked streets and a participant may have to park many blocks away from the starting line.