Safe House Project Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, September 8, 2018 • Smithfield, VA • Course Map

Part of a series of running events that take place across the mid-Atlantic and the Southeast each year that also serve as fundraisers for the Safe House Project, a nonprofit that helps to create refuges — “safe houses” — for the victims of sex trafficking, the Safe House Project Hampton Roads Half Marathon makes its inaugural running this year as summer is turning to fall.

Runners will follow an out-and-back course for the race, which starts and finishes along South Church Street in Smithfield, a town in the South Hampton Roads area of the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, just across the water from Newport News.

The town itself lies along a bend in the Pagan River, and you’ll follow alongside the river for portions of the race, which has only minimal changes in elevation — the course ranges from a low of just over 4 feet above sea level to just shy of 50 feet at its highest point.

The race opens with a stretch down South Church Street before turning into Windsor Castle Park, a 158-acre park whose history dates back to the mid-1700s, when it was originally a plantation.

You’ll run through the park for the first 3-4 miles of the race, and then out into the town of Smithfield, before heading out for a long out-and-back along North Church Street.

Once you hit the turnaround at River Oaks Lane, then you retrace your steps along the route you’ve just run, all the way back to South Church Street for the race finish.

Race Weather & Climate

Nestled along the Pagan River in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia, roughly 77 miles southeast of Richmond, Smithfield typically sees September temperatures between the low 60s and the low 80s, with just shy of 5 inches of rainfall for the month.

  • Sept. 8 average low temp: 67ºF
  • Sept. 8 average high temp: 82ºF

Course Map

See the race route map for the Safe House Project Hampton Roads Half Marathon here.

Starting Time

7:00 AM


  • $60 (and up) for the half marathon
  • $30 (and up) for the 5K
  • $25 for the virtual 5K


To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of the Safe House Project Hampton Roads Half Marathon or 5K race, register online at the official race website here.

Official Race Website


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