Richmond is earning more and more accolades as one of the best places to live and visit in the country, and each of our scenic courses showcases some of our city’s favorite attributes. With street art and river views, historic architecture and beautiful parks, our race routes treat runners to a unique and unforgettable tour of RVA that ends with a grand finale finish line and post-race party on the riverfront!
During your race, you’ll also encounter live bands, DJs, spirit groups, and Party Zones that will offer plenty of encouragement and motivation. Need an extra burst of energy? We have you covered with junk food stops and wet wash cloths!* Once you cross the finish line, you’ll be greeted by a well-earned celebration on Brown’s Island complete with pizza and a Sierra Nevada Beer on the house! Take some time to revel in your accomplishment, but don’t let your Richmond experience end there. It’s our birthday, so let’s keep the party going! No matter if you’re a local or from out of town, there’s a whole city to explore!
*Marathon and Half Participants Only
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The Anthem Richmond Marathon is one of the top 25 races most frequently used by runners wishing to qualify for the Boston Marathon!
Along with VIP Treatment, All Marathon Participants Receive...
Who says you can’t get better with age? Over the past 40 years, we’ve stepped up our swag game, and we have a feeling you won’t want to miss this year’s lineup of commemorative birthday perks! Along with phenomenal course support and VIP treatment, all runners receive…
Gender specific long sleeve technical race shirt
Custom medal at the finish line
Premium item celebrating our 40th birthday
Our famous fleece Finisher Blanket*
*Marathon and Half Participants Only
All finishers can redeem a free certificate to recognize and commemorate their accomplishment. Water stops are positioned at the start and every two miles until Mile 20, then every mile thereafter. Diamond Springs water and Mountain Blast POWERade (the blue stuff) are available at every water stop on the race course. Assorted flavors (vanilla, chocolate & citrus orange) of energy gel are available at Miles 14 and 21. Marathoners looking for an extra burst of energy in the waning miles will want to make sure to hit the Junk Food Stop at Miles 16 and 22. Wet wash cloths are available at Miles 17 and 23. Porto-johns are stationed at the Start/Finish and adjacent to every water stop. Medical attention is available along the course.
The marathon starts on Grace Street at 5th while the half marathon and 8k courses start one block over on Broad Street (at 7th and 8th Streets, respectively). All three end on a downhill slope at 5th & Tredegar Street at Brown's Island and the Canal Walk on Richmond's beautiful downtown riverrfont. The courses run through scenic and historic sections of the city while the marathon also runs along and across the beautiful James River.
Overall, the half marathon and marathon courses are great for first-timers and features some rolling hills. The 8k course also features some mild hills.
The marathon course will be open from 8 a.m. until 3p.m. The course will reopen to vehicular traffic at a 16-minute per mile rate.
Free shuttle service will be available to take participants and spectators from the Post-Race Party back to parking areas located near the Start. The shuttle will run on a loop from 8 a.m. until the conclusion of the event. You can pick up the shuttle in the cobblestone circle on 7th Street just across the pedestrian bridge from Brown’s Island.
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