Sunday, October 15, 2023 • Charlottesville, VA • Course Map
Runners get the chance to run through one of Virginia’s most beautiful cities here in the hills of Albemarle County, just south of Shenandoah National Park, at the Charlottesville Fall Classic Half Marathon & 10K, which saw just over 400 runners cross the finish line last year.
Here in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, at the home of the Thomas Jefferson-designed University of Virginia campus during the fall when the fall foliage should be around its peak, the race takes runners on an out-and-back course that starts near Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall, at Lee Park. From there, the course heads first through downtown along Market Street toward Riverview Park.
Once runners meet up with the trail along the water’s edge in Riverview Park, the course heads north and west for the next couple of miles as it winds along the banks of the Rivanna River.
They’ll follow the paved footpath all the way to the area where Darden Towe Park looks across from the other side of the river, and then turn left onto River Road for a brief stretch, and then onto Locust Avenue.
Next, the course begins the stretch that takes runners north into the residential areas north of downtown, with a long stretch along the Rivanna Trail through the Willow Heights, Stonehenge and Dunlora areas.
The course makes a counter-clockwise loop around Dunlora Drive, Loring Run, Farrow Road and Belvedere Boulevard before turning back onto Rio Road for a brief stretch, and then turning runners back onto the Rivanna Trail for the return stretch back toward downtown.
The home stretch of the race includes all the same roads and turns runners made earlier in the race until they reach Calhoun Street and Locust Avenue. Instead of turning left onto Locust, they make a right and head south back toward downtown.
They’ll cross Market Street and turn right onto Water Street, which is followed by a less-than-a-mile-long stretch on Main Street to head back to the race finish line at the downtown mall. The race features a number of stretches through some of Charlottesville’s most historic neighborhoods, organizers note.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the banks of the Rivanna River in northern Virginia, about 70 miles northwest of Richmond and roughly 115 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., Charlottesville typically sees cool to moderately warm weather in October, which has brought record temperatures as low as 26°F (in 2001) and as high as 89°F (in 2007).
On race day (Oct. 15), the average low is 48ºF and the average high is 67ºF.
- 2022 Results
- 2021 Charlottesville Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Charlottesville Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Charlottesville Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Charlottesville Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Charlottesville Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Charlottesville Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Charlottesville Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Charlottesville Half Marathon Results
- $80 and up for the half marathon
- $45 and up for the 10K
To reserve your spot in the 2023 running of the Charlottesville Fall Classic Half Marathon & 10K race, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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