Saturday, November 20, 2021 • Roanoke, VA • Course Map
Now an annual autumn running tradition in this southwestern Virginia city, Roanoke’s Star City Half Marathon & 10K takes runners on a course that incorporates a mix of both hills and flat stretches along a loop course that unfolds throughout the city, from the start and finish area near the Hotel Roanoke on Shenandoah Ave.
From there, the race features a loop tour of Roanoke’s city streets and neighborhoods and several city parks, including Wasena, Smith and Mill Mountain Parks. Just over 98,000 people make their home here (and more than 300,000 in the surrounding metro area), along the edge of the Blue Ridge Mountains in southwestern Virginia.
Several hundred runners turn out for the race each year — most years see finishers’ lists that number over 600 runners — and the event is sponsored locally by the Roanoke-based running club Star City Striders and Virginia Amateur Sports.
The race is open to both runners and walkers, though organizers say they discourage walkers from entering if they cannot complete the 13.1-mile course for the half marathon within the event’s 3-hour, 15-minute time limit.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in the southwestern part of the state, about a three-hour drive west from Richmond, the city of Roanoke tends to experience moderately cool to cold weather conditions in the mid-fall season, with relatively even precipitation throughout the year.
On the day of the race (Nov. 20), the average low is 36°F and the average high is 57°F.
- 2020 Star City Half Marathon Results
- 2019 Star City Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Star City Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Star City Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Star City Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Star City Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Star City Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Star City Half Marathon Results
8:15 AM – half marathon, 10K
- $70 – $85 for the half marathon
- $45 – $55 for the 10K
- $40 – $50 for the virtual race
To reserve your spot in the 2021 running of Roanoke’s Star City Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at RunSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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