Fredericksburg Blue & Gray Half Marathon & 5K

Sunday, December 8, 2024 • Fredericksburg, VA • Course Map

Staged during the waning weeks of fall and early weeks of winter in this historic southeastern Virginia city, this race marks its 23rd annual running this year along a course that unfolds through the city’s downtown areas, past the campus of the University of Mary Washington and along the waters of the Rappahannock River that flows through the heart of the town.

From the starting line in Old Mill Park, the race follows an out-and-back multi-loop course through the city, taking runners along the Rappahannock Canal, where runners follow the canal path that runs alongside it.

After repeating one loop and passing Old Mill Park, runners continue along the Rappahannock Canal, but this time they keep going along Fall Hill Avenue and tackle the only hill of note on the course, with a elevation change of 200 feet in less than half a mile. After tackling that hill, runners follow Fall Hill Avenue and Shelton Boulevard, where they turn around near Marks & Harrison Amphitheatre and coast down Fall Hill.

It’s smooth sailing from there, as runners make another loop through downtown Fredericksburg and back toward the finish line at Old Mill Park.

The race is run, organizers add, whether it’s raining, snowing or the sun is shining. There’s a 3 hour, 30 minute time limit for the half marathon.

The Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Va. (Photo by justin.critzer/flickr)

The Rappahannock River in Fredericksburg, Va. (Photo by justin.critzer/flickr)

Race Weather & Climate

Located in northern Virginia, about an hour’s drive from Washington D.C., Fredericksburg typically experiences cool to cold weather conditions in the late fall and early winter weeks, with relatively even precipitation throughout the year.

In December, temperatures range between 27°F and 49°F, while precipitation totals average just under 3.3 inches for the month.

On the day of the race (Dec. 8), the average low is 30°F and the average high is 53°F.

Past Results

Course Map

See the Fredericksburg Blue & Gray Half Marathon course map here.

Starting Time

  • 7:30 AM – half marathon


  • $65 – $80 for the half marathon


To reserve your spot in the late fall/early winter 2024 running of the Fredericksburg Blue & Gray Half Marathon, register online at here.

Official Race Website


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5 comments… add one
  • Simon Fiscus December 2, 2018, 6:54 pm

    I ran the Marine half and the Blue and Gray. I saw on face book their is a third medal for the Fredericksburg Marathon. How can I get mine? I also paid for the 10 dollar medal with name and time. Can you ship me both at the same time? Thanks for your time.

  • Vic Culp November 19, 2017, 10:31 pm

    This is the Race Director for the Fredericksburg Blue & Gray 1/2 Marathon on Dec 3, 2017. You have a lot of incorrect information about my race on your site. Here is the link to the race information page.

  • Paige Beidelman October 28, 2017, 11:47 pm

    Is there a way to volunteer at the run?

  • T. Jay Wheeler December 19, 2016, 10:13 pm

    Where can we see the race photos of fredricksburg b&g half?

  • Brian December 1, 2016, 1:18 pm

    do you offer a military discount code?


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