Run for the Animals Half Marathon & 10K

Saturday, May 2, 2021 • Onancock, VA • Course Map

You’re welcome to bring your four-legged friends to join you in the race at Onancock’s Run for the Animals Half Marathon & 10K, which is set to make its 10th annual running along the streets of this small town set along the Chesapeake Bay on Virginia’s Eastern Shore, in a race that supports the local chapter of the Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

The race proceeds benefit a pair of nonprofits that work to improve the lives of mistreated and uncared-for pets and animals here in what is known as the Eastern Shore of Virginia, the peninsula of land that looks out onto Chesapeake Bay on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, about an hour and a half’s drive north from the Virginia Beach and Norfolk area.

The two charities are the no-kill shelter Eastern Shore SPCA and A Better Life, Inc., which helps provide better care for animals who are neglected and mistreated by supplying safe areas to run and play, better shelter and bedding and health care for underprivileged pets.

Runners start the race — baby strollers and/or pets are welcome too — at the historic Onancock School on College Avenue, which served for decades as the local high school until it was closed in 1984.

Since then, the high school has changed hands and now is part of a historic preservation effort launched in 2006 by a group of concerned local citizens, who plan to convert it to an arts, recreation and conference center in the coming years.

From the school building, runners first head through the streets of town in the direction of the wharf, via Liberty Street, Liberty Street, Mount Prospect Avenue and King Street.

Once they make it to the waterfront area, runners then follow the course as it heads north along Town Road toward the loop section of the race, a clockwise loop that takes runners around Bayside Road, New Branch Road and Merry Branch Road before bringing them back to Town Road.

Once on Town Road, the course then heads back along the route runners followed earlier in the race, in the opposite direction back toward the old Onancock School for the race finish, where the post-race party with a live band will be getting going.

The half marathon is open to runners only, while the 10K race is open to runners and walkers.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the Chesapeake Bay on the Virginia Peninsula, about 150 miles south of Annapolis, Md., and roughly 80 miles north of Virginia Beach, Onancock typically sees mild to warm weather in May, a month that typically sees temperatures from the mid-50s to the mid-70s.

On race day (May 2), the average low is 54ºF and the average high is 74ºF.

Past Results

Course Map

See the race route map for the Run for the Animals Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

8:30 AM


  • $40- $50


To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Onancock’s Run for the Animals Half Marathon or 10K race, visit the event website here.

Official Race Website

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