Saturday, April 10, 2021 • Charlottesville, VA • Course Map
Known for its rolling green hills, gorgeous farmlands and famous residents such as John Grisham, Sissy Spacek and the fact that it served as the home base and launching pad for the Dave Matthews Band, the city of Charlottesville plays host each spring to more than 1,000 runners at the Charlottesville Marathon & Half Marathon.
Named by the New York Times as one of the country’s top destination marathons, the Charlottesville races take runners on a tour of the countryside outside the city that has taken shape over the centuries since Thomas Jefferson first conceived plans for the University of Virginia, now home to more than 20,000 students and known for its beautiful architecture and rolling green campus lawns as well as for the quality of its academic reputation.
From the starting line at Knight’s Gambit Vineyard outside of downtown Charlottesville, runners will head north, weaving their way up the quiet country roads. You’ll catch views of Shenandoah National Park along the way, along with views of the Blue Ridge Mountains at the finish line. You’ll also pass horse farms and wineries while running along the mixture of pavement and gravel.
You’ll run over Moormans River and Wards Creek — twice, in fact, as you’ll reach the turnaround point just after running over the creek. From there you’ll head south back to the finish line.
Runners in the half marathon have a course time limit of 3.5 hours. The race directors state that walkers are allowed in the 8K — which means that the full and the half marathon are reserved for runners — so the time limit doesn’t allow for walkers to participate in this race.
Race Weather & Climate
Set among the lush green rolling hills of northern Virginia, about 70 miles northwest of Richmond and just over 110 miles southeast of Washington, D.C., Charlottesville typically sees cool (and occasionally quite cold) weather in April, which is typically one of the city’s driest months of the year.
On race day (April 10), the average low is 41°F and the average high is 64°F.
- 2019 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
- 7:00 AM – full marathonK
- 8:00 AM – half marathon
- $85 – $115 for the half marathon
- $100 – $130 for the full marathon
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of the Charlottesville Marathon or Half Marathon, register online at Active.com here.
Official Race Website
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