Sunday, September 4, 2016 • Virginia Beach, VA • Course Map
Fast and flat and featuring a running finish along this coastal Virginia city’s beachfront boardwalk, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon is one of the country’s most popular races of its kind, typically drawing a field of more than 10,000 runners every year for its annual Labor Day weekend running.
While they’re out on the course, runners encounter local bands playing from stages set up throughout the race, from the starting line near the Virginia Beach Convention Center all the way down to Camp Pendleton and out to the Oceanfront Boardwalk, where the finish line lies.
Largely because it’s run along a coastal route, this point-to-point is mostly fast and flat, from the starting line all the way through the middle of the course to the finish.
From the starting line near the convention center, at 19th and Parks Avenue, the race takes runners along 19th Street for several blocks until the intersection with Pacific Avenue, where runners then turn right and head south for a long straightaway within just a couple blocks of the nearby beach.
This portion of the race course follows Pacific Avenue as it turns into General Booth Boulevard, which runners follow southward all the way down to the Camp Pendleton military base.
After making the turn at Prosperity Road and heading back northward along Prosperity toward Birdneck Road — and past the trees and green fairways of Red Wing Lake Golf Course on the right — runners follow the course as its winds through several twists and turns through the base, exiting back onto General Booth Boulevard for the run back north toward the beach.
Runners follow this stretch of the course all the way up to the intersection with 14th Street, passing by the waters of Virginia Beach’s Lake Rudee and Lake Holly on the left along the way. The course turns quickly onto 14th and then proceeds for just one block before turning right again onto Atlantic Avenue.
Runners follow it until it dead ends near the Rudee Inlet and turns around again, and then heads along the boardwalk for the final stretch toward the finish line, where race organizers add there will be plenty of beer and other refreshments awaiting the runners.
The race will have a course time limit of 4 hours, which means that runners will need to finish the race within the time limit or leave the course. (Note that this means from their personal chip time, not 4 hours from the starting gun time.)
Race Weather & Climate
Set along the Atlantic coastline in the southeast corner of the state, about a two-hour drive from Richmond, the city of Virginia Beach typically sees September temperatures between 65°F and 80°F, while also seeing some of its heaviest rainfall of the year.
On race day (Sept. 4), the average low is 67°F and the average high is 82°F.
- 2015 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon Results
- 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon Results
- $65 for the half marathon, if registered by January 31, 2016
- $70 between February 1 – March 31
- price subject to additional increases as the race grows closer
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2016 running of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon, 1-Mile or 5K race, register online at the event website here.
Official Race Website
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