Saturday, August 29, 2020 • Ashland, VA • Course Map
Set for its 14th annual running this summer, the Patrick Henry Half Marathon takes runners on a scenic, out-and-back loop route through both downtown and the rolling countryside just outside Ashland, Va., for a race that sees more than 1,000 runners cross the finish line every year.
The race is part of the Richmond Road Runners Club’s Grand Prix series of races, and is organized by both the club and Sports Backers, a Virginia-based sports organization that puts together a wide range of races across the state each year.
From the starting and finish lines inside Poor Farm Park, runners follow Hanover County’s rolling county roads through the race’s 13.1 miles, which entrants must be able to complete within three hours or less, organizers note.
Perhaps known best as the home of Randolph-Macon College, Ashland is a town of about 6,000, and runners will enjoy the town’s sights including a wealth of large Victorian homes, quaint residential neighborhoods and plentiful parks and trails.
And history buffs among the runners will no doubt note that the race is named for the area’s most famous Colonial-era hero, Patrick Henry, whose famed quote “give me liberty or give me death!” inspired America’s revolutionary heroes.
Runners start the race in downtown Ashland on Center Street right next to the Randolph Macon campus, and from there head first on a clockwise loop through city streets, along Henry Clay Road, James Street and Patrick Street before heading south again on Center Street.
From there, the course continues south through the city, past Dejarnette Park and eventually heading west out onto Yowell Road, which begins a long, looping section of the race that unfolds along the country roads to the west of the city.
For the 2020 virtual race, run your distance anytime from August 29 to September 28 and submit your results. Packets will be mailed after the in-person event.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in eastern Virginia, about 19 miles north of Richmond and roughly 90 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., Ashland typically sees its warmest weather of the year in August, which has brought record temperatures here as low as 43°F (in 1986) and as high as 104°F (in 1953).
On race day (Aug. 29), the average low is 63ºF and the average high is 84ºF.
- 2019 Patrick Henry Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Patrick Henry Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Patrick Henry Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Patrick Henry Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Patrick Henry Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Patrick Henry Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Patrick Henry Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Patrick Henry Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Patrick Henry Half Marathon Results
- $55 – $70 for members of the Richmond Road Runners Club
- $60 – $75 for non-members
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of Ashland’s Patrick Henry Half Marathon, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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