Saturday, November 14, 2020 • Richmond, VA • Course Map
Now an annual fall tradition in this Virginia capital city for the past three decades, the VCU Health Richmond Marathon added the first-ever running of its Markel Richmond Half Marathon in the fall of 2008, run on a course that follows portions of the full marathon course in the early and late stretches of the race.
The 13.1-mile race (officially titled the Markel Richmond Half Marathon) also takes runners to entirely different parts of the city, including Joseph Bryan Park and the Arthur Ashe Jr. Athletic Center, where the course will take runners past The Diamond, the former home of AAA-level minor league baseball’s Richmond Braves.
Like the full, 26.2-mile marathon, the 13.1-mile half marathon begins in downtown Richmond at the corner of 9th Street and Broad Street, and follows Broad Street northwest for a long straightaway for the first two and a half miles of the race.
Once they reach the intersection with Boulevard, runners then turn right and head north, for a stretch that takes runners past the Avenue of Champions and the Diamond, and then back onto Boulevard, which becomes Hermitage Road.
Once they’re on Hermitage, runners then follow the course as its winds northward for the portion of the race that runs on the loop roads around Joseph Bryan Park, a 262-acre public park on the northern side of the city that is home to hardwood forests as well as plenty of ponds, streams, an azalea garden and grassy, wide-open fields and recreation areas.
Runners then return to Bellevue as its winds its way along Pope Avenue and then turns onto Fauquier and begins its long stretch southward back toward the finish.
After the run around the park, the race course becomes a stretch through the tree-lined residential neighborhoods along Pope and Fauquier Avenues. The stretch along Fauquier then turns onto Brock Road, which takes runners southward all the way toward the campus of Virginia Union University, where runners cross through and then head onto Lombardy Street.
As Lombardy turns onto Grace, the last couple of miles of the race take runners home toward the finish at the corner of 9th and Cary Streets.
The race is run on paved surfaces for the entire course, and runners should expect a mostly flat and fast course with only a few rolling hills — as race organizers add, the race is considered an excellent one for first-time marathoners as well as first-time half-marathoners.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the state’s northeastern corner, just a couple hours’ drive from nearby Washington D.C., Richmond typically experiences moderately cool to cold weather conditions in the mid-fall, with relatively even precipitation year-round. In November, temperatures average between 38°F and 60°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 3 inches for the month.
On race day (Nov. 14), the average low is 39ºF and the average high is 61ºF.
- 2019 Richmond Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Richmond Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Richmond Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Richmond Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Richmond Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Richmond Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Richmond Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Richmond Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Richmond Half Marathon Results
- 7:00 AM – 8K
- 7:30 AM – half marathon
- 7:45 AM – full marathon
- $75 – $125 for the half marathon
- $85 – $145 for the full marathon
- $30 – $60 for the 8K
To reserve your spot in the 2020 running of the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Markel Richmond Half Marathon or Richmond 8K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
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