Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon

Sunday, May 15, 2016 • Fredericksburg, VA • Course Map

The historic streets of Fredericksburg serve as the course for the annual late springtime Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, which marks its 8th annual running this year and usually brings more than 7,500 runners out to the streets of this northern Virginia city each spring.

Runners pound the pavement through the streets, city blocks and neighborhoods of Old Town Fredericksburg, which give the race a completely different feel as well as plenty of new scenery and attractions for runners and spectators in town for the entire race weekend.

From the starting line at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center on the Carl D. Silver Parkway, the out-and-back course for the race takes runners south along the parkway and then east on Cowan Boulevard, passing over Interstate 95 on the way into the Old Town section of Fredericksburg.

Once inside this section of the city, runners follow the course along a number of twists and turns through the city, passing through the campus of the University of Mary Washington and past Kenmore Park, on the way toward Canal Street and Princess Anne Street.

After the several-blocks-long stretch along Princess Anne, the course turns onto Caroline Street, which runners follow through town and then past the historic, green Old Mill Park, which lies on the banks of the bend in the Rappahannock River.

The course takes runners along Caroline as it becomes Riverside Drive, following the bend in the river to Fall Hill Avenue and Jefferson Davis Highway, one of many reminders of the city’s historic significance as the half-way point between the old confederate capital of Richmond and Washington, D.C.

(The city was the site of a Civil War battle in December 1862, as well as subsequent battles in May 1863 and May of 1864).

The race is run mostly on paved surfaces through the city streets of Fredericksburg, with the exception of a brief stretch along the combination gravel and natural-surface trail along the Vepco Canal, between Fall Hill Avenue and the Jefferson Davis Highway.

The course also features some hilly stretches, particularly between mile markers 3 and 5 and mile markers 10 and 12, where runners will face the steepest uphill stretch, rising about 200 feet.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in the northeastern corner of Virginia, about an hour’s drive south from Washington D.C., Fredericksburg typically sees mild to moderately warm weather in May, which has brought record temperatures as low as 28ºF (in 1966) and as high as 98ºF (in 1941).

On race day (May 15), the average low is 52ºF and the average high is 77ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon here.


See race website


To reserve your spot in the 2016 running of Fredericksburg’s Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon or Semper 5ive race, register online at the event website here.

Official Race Website

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6 comments… add one
  • CHERI WILLIAMS May 11, 2016, 9:59 am

    I registered DEC 16, 2015, for the 2016, historic half marathon, I have not received an email regarding my e card. Please HELP! Thank you.

  • Jason April 21, 2016, 10:18 am

    I’ve done the 10k in 2014 and the half in 2015, whatever you do, do not, I stress, do not let the “hype” of Hospital Hill dissuade you from this race, it’s not that bad, what’s worse is AFTER Hospital Hill and climbing over the highway to the finish line, I was like : “you have got to be kidding me!?” But I suggest doing the 10k if you haven’t done a half or a few halfs, but the race is great, it’s well organized, and the medals are by far superior.

  • Michael cain March 31, 2016, 10:24 am

    Are handcrank bikes allowed to complete the half marathon?

  • Terri February 26, 2016, 8:12 am

    When is the last day you can register?

  • Diane Eaton January 31, 2016, 7:08 pm

    i have registered but have medical issues preventing me from running. May I transfer my number/registration to someone?

  • Becky McKenzie January 18, 2016, 3:40 pm

    I registered for the May 15 race but have not received a confirmation email.


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