Richmond is on more and more “hot” lists as one of the best places to live, visit, and run 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. No matter if you’re a local or from out of town, there’s a whole city to explore!
*Marathon and Half Participants Only
Run Richmond and you, too, will know why we’re “America’s Friendliest Marathon!”
The Anthem Richmond Marathon begins at 5th & Grace Streets in downtown Richmond, one block south of the start line for the Markel Richmond Half Marathon and VCU Health 8k.
7 Hour Course Time Limit
All participants must be able to finish the marathon in 7 hours. In order to do so, you will need to maintain a 16:02 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. There will be four designated checkpoints along the course with shuttles available to take participants back to the finish area if anyone does not reach a checkpoint by these times:
Mile 7 by 9:45 a.m.
Mile 11 by 10:50 a.m.
Mile 16 by 12:10 p.m.
Mile 20 by 1:15 p.m.
Diamond Springs water and POWERade are offered every other mile beginning at Mile 2 and every mile from 21-25 on the Marathon course, as well as at the finish. Water is also available at the start. Port-o-johns are located at the start, all water stops, and at the finish. Honey Stinger energy gel is offered at Miles 14 & 21 and wet washcloths are available at Mile 17 & 23. Spectator Party Zones are located at Miles 7, 13 & 19.
Pickle Juice Stop added to marathon course
While we all relish the challenge of the marathon, no runner should have to dill with leg cramps during a race. That’s why we’ve adding a Pickle Juice Stop at Mile 23 on the marathon course. We’re not gherkin your chain when we say that research suggests pickle juice helps relieve muscle cramps. Don't worry, we’ll have volunteers on hand to make sure you don’t mistakenly grab a cup of pickle juice instead of water. And if you find that cue cumbersome, there will also be signage to alert you.
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.
Entry fees are non-refundable; 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 Anthem 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.