Charlottesville Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K & Kids Mile

Saturday, October 24, 2020 • Charlottesville, VA • Course Map

activeregisterKnown 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 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 near the city’s downtown on E. Jefferson St, runners will head onto 2nd St NW, to Mcintire and Northwood Street as the enjoy the views of historic north Charlottesville. Runners will make their way back towards the starting line and onto Chesapeake St. before hitting mile 3.

There, runners will follow the Rivanna River trail for the next few miles heading further north along the water.

The course takes runners around downtown roads for miles 7-9, before hitting the turnaround point near East Rio Road. From here it’s a repeat of the last few miles back to the start/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 mild (and sometimes cold, especially in the early morning) weather in late October, with moderate precipitation all year long.

On race day (October 24), the average low is 45°F and the average high is 67°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Charlottesville Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

  • 7:00 AM – half marathon, full marathon, 8K
  • 8:00 AM – kids race


  • $60 – $85 for the half marathon
  • $70 – $105 for the full marathon
  • $40 – $70 for the marathon relay (per person)
  • $20 – $45 for the 8K
  • $10 – $15 for the kids race


To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the Charlottesville Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K or Kids’ Race, register online at here.


Official Race Website

Facebook Conversations

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2 comments… add one
  • Rick April 8, 2016, 2:59 am

    I have to agree with the comments Jeff posted. I’d had my eyes on this half marathon for a couple of years until finally taking the plunge in 2016. The worst race I have ever run and I’ve run quite a few. The half marathon does NOT take you through the University of Virginia Campus at all. It’s almost 80% hills both down and up. Nothing interesting or scenic to really see except the Start/Finish area in the Town Square. You literally run through hilly residential neighborhoods and dodge cars of the locals trying to get in and out of their homes. To make matters worse, no finisher medals at the end and no t-shirts. I was told that someone left the shirts out overnight and it rained so many of them got ruined. I was promised a shirt and medal would be mailed out but in regards to my shirt, I just signed a piece of paper on a clipboard and no idea if it will ever reach the right hands. A total joke and not the funny kind.

  • Jeff April 4, 2016, 7:05 pm

    Don’t waste your money. Do the Charlottesville 10 miler or a Richmond, VA race if you want to have a destination race for a long weekend or week of it. Bad to the Bone, the company that runs it, is for-profit and had poor post race food, drink and no music. No Charlottesville local would choose to run this route as it is not scenic in addition to being very difficult. The awards for top three in each age group were pieces of paper that said “congratulations.” I live in Charlottesville and will not do this race again.


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