Sunday, December 7, 2014 • Fredericksburg, VA
Staged during the waning weeks of fall and early weeks of winter in this historic southeastern Virginia city, the VA Runner Blue & Gray Half Marathon marks its 14th annual running in 2014 along a course that starts and finishes in Fredericksburg’s Central Park and takes runners through the city’s downtown areas, past the campus of the University of Mary Washington and along the waters of the Rappahannock River that flows through the heart of the town.
From the starting line at the Central Park location of VA Runner, a local running, walking and athletic wear retailer, the race follows an out-and-back loop course through the city, taking runners first along Cowan Boulevard to Hospital Drive, which participants follow until it reaches the Rappahannock Canal, where runners make a right and follow the canal path that runs alongside it. They take this stretch all the way to Kenmore Park, where they turn right and head onto Washington Avenue.
Runners continue along Washington as it passes by the Thomas Jefferson Religious Freedom Monument, and stay onto Washington as it heads south and then north toward Mary Ball Avenue, where they turn left and head southwest and then turn again onto Kenmore Street.
This is followed by some twists and turns through the city’s Hazel Hill neighborhoods as they make their way westward toward the athletic fields just off Hanover Street. After a run around the sports fields, runners head northward again through the University campus, running through neighborhoods toward Kenmore Park.
The run around the edges of Kenmore Park is followed by a few more city blocks, and then onto the path along the trail that parallels the Rappahannock Canal for roughly a mile, back up to Hospital Drive, which takes runners back to the starting line for the finish. The race is run, organizers add, whether it’s raining, snowing or the sun is shining, organizers add.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in northern Virginia, about an hour’s drive from Washington D.C., Fredericksburg typically experiences cool to cold weather conditions in the late fall and early winter weeks, with relatively even precipitation throughout the year.
In December, temperatures range between 27°F and 49°F, while precipitation totals average just under 3.3 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Dec. 7), the average low is 29°F and the average high is 51°F.
- $47 for the half marathon, if registered by October 31, 2014
- $57 between November 1 – 30
- $60 between December 1 – 7
To reserve your spot in the late fall/early winter 2014 running of Fredericksburg’s VA Runner Blue & Gray Half Marathon or 5K, register online at the event website.