5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Sentara Colonial Half Marathon and 5K
    The race starts with a processional by the WIlliamsburg Fife and Drum Company. The course begins and ends on the beautiful campus of William and Mary and has a combination of flat stretches and hills.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  The top overall male and female finishers and top masters male and female finishers will receive various Under Armour gear. Medals will be given to the 2nd and 3rd overall and masters male and female finishers. Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Williamsburg 26 February 2017 Colonialhalfmarathon
    Rock n' Roll 5K
    This mostly flat course offers runners plenty of musical entertainment along the route and a scenic finish along the boardwalk.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the Remix Challenege by completing both the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon and 5K to receive an additional medal. Complete the Land to Sand Challenge by completing both the 5K and Mile on the Sand to receive a pin.
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    Virginia Beach 2 September 2017 Runrocknroll
    We Promise Norfolk Harbor 5K
    The course travels around Norfolk's downtown area before finishing along the harbor.  All race finishers receive a bottle opener medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 5 overall male and female finishers, top 3 overall masters male and female finishers, and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the Triple Jog Dare Holiday Challenge by completing the Wicked 10k, Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon, We Promise Norfolk Harbor 5K, and the Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler. Complete the Get Nauti Challenge by completing the We Promise Norfolk Harbor 5K and Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon to receive an additional medal.
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    Norfolk 18 November 2017 Norfolkharborhalf
    Kings Dominion 5K
    This race will take runners around Kings Dominion amusement park. Runners receive park ticket with race registration.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Doswell 2 June 2018 Runandriderace
    George Washington Patriot Run
    This out and back race travels along the Potomac River and finishers at Geroge Washington's Mount Vernon Mansion. Registration includes admission to Mount Vernon.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, top 3 military finishers, top 3 public safety/first responder finishers, and top male and female finisher in each age group.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Mount Vernon 10 September 2017 Mountvernon
    New Year's Day 5K
    The course travels along Rappahannock River in historic Frederickburg. This race benefits Make-A-Wish Foundation.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.
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    Fredericksburg 1 January 2017 Bishopsevents
    Lucky Leprechaun 5K
    The course loops around the Reston Town Center. First time 5K participants receive a special bib and commemorative medal.  Cash prizes will be given to top 3 overall male and female finishers. Awards will be given to top male and female finishers in each age group and top 3 male and female first time 5K finishers.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Reston 12 March 2017 Prraces
    Chessie Trail 5K
    Taking place along the wooded Chessie Trail, runners will enjoy a scenic view along Maury River on this gravel and grass trail.  Awards will be given to top overall male and female finishers and top male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Lexington 15 April 2017 2017chessietrailsspringhalf-marathon5k
    CASA Superhero 5K Race
    This race is run to support the fight against child abuse. Runners are encouraged to dress up in super hero costumes and can win awards for best costume.  Awards will be given to male and female finishers in each age group and those with best costume.
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    Richmond 22 April 2017 Casarun
    The Hard Cider Run
    This run takes place at Albemarle CiderWorks and the course has one small, long hill with a mostly flat finish.  All race finishers receive a medal a pint glass filled with hard cider upon completion of the race.  Complete the The Hungry Apple by completing the race and eating a donut at each mile marker to receive an additional medal. Complete Hard 2 The Core by completing two different Hard Cider Run races to receive an addtional medal.
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    Charlottesville 22 April 2017 Thehardciderrun
    Run The D.O.G. St.
    This run travels through the College of WIlliam and Mary as well as Colonial Williamsburg, which offers sites of many famous historic buildings.  Cash prizes will be given to top 3 overall male and female finishers and top masters male and female finisher. Awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Williamsburg 22 April 2017 Runsignup
    Virginia War Memorial 5K Run to Remember
    This run travels through historic Hollywood Cemetary with views of Virginia War Memorial, James River, and the River City skyline. Proceeds benefit the Virginia War Memorial educational programs.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers.
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    Richmond 22 April 2017 Vawarmemorial
    Checkered Flag 5K
    This race takes place in and around Richmond International Raceway.  A portion of the race will take runners on to the track with the race finish being at the track finish line.
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    Richmond 27 April 2017 Runsignup
    5KRunDead
    Runners will have flags that represent their health and have to avoid zombies along the path that try and take their flags. The race is not timed and just for fun. All proceeds go toward cancer and Alzheimer's research.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers for each number of flags remaining and zombies that collect the most flags.
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    Alexandria 6 May 2017 5Krundead
    Glow For Good 5K
    The race takes place along a cross country type course with a combination of hills and flat surfaces.  Awards will be given to top 3 overall male and female finishers in each age group, best costume, and top fundraisers.
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    Gloucester 20 May 2017 Thegivinggarden
    Assateague Island National Seashore 5k
    This race takes place on the Virginia portion of Assateague Island located in Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge. Runners will have the opportunity to run past various wildlife.
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    Chincoteague Island 3 June 2017 Runsignup
    Arlington Police, Fire & Sheriff 9/11 Memorial Race
    Over 3,000 runners participate in this race. Proceeds will be donated to the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Project Enduring Pride, and National Police Suicide Foundation.  Awards will be given to the top 2 overall male and female finishers, top 2 male and female finishers in each age group, and top 5 male and female law enforcement, fire fighter, and military finishers.
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    Arlington 9 September 2017 Arlington911race
    Hokie 5K
    The course loops around the Virginia Tech campus with a mixture of hills and flat surfaces.  Awards will be given to top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Blacksburg 17 September 2017 Hokiehalf
    Ghoul Glow Run
    Runners are encouraged to wear bright clothing and any other bright accessory for this night race to have a chance at winning a prize. This is an untimed race on a mostly flat course.  Awards will be given to runners with costumed deemed eye catching.
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    Ashburn 28 October 2017 Adventureenablers
    Turkey Trot 5K
    More than 3,000 runners participate in this run that travels through the College of WIlliam and Mary as well as Colonial Williamsburg, which offers sites of many famous historic buildings. Proceeds benefit Literacy for Life.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.
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    Williamsburg 23 November 2017 Bluetalonbistro

    About 5k races

    A 5K is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular event you are looking into running.  5Ks are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and newcomers as well.  5Ks are also something fun for families to do together.

    How did we choose the best 5K events in Virginia?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors included how long the course has been around, the race swag and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.  There are currently 900 5K races in the state of Virginia.  Most of these 5K races are held in April, May, October and November with over 100 events in each month.

    How did we choose the best 5K races in Richmond?

    There are many 5K races in this capital city.  In 2016, Richmond was the 4th most populous city in Virginia, which makes it a great location for 5K races.  The Casa Superhero 5K Race, the Checkered Flag 5K and the Virginia War Memorial 5K Run to Remember are popular 5K races in Virginia.  The Casa Superhero 5K is a fun 3.1 mile race that encourages racers to dress up in superhero costumes.  The Checkered Flag 5K gives runners an opportunity to experience the Richmond International Raceway.

    What are the best 5K races in Williamsburg?

    Williamsburg is a small independent city in Virginia.  This independent city is home to Colonial Williamsburg and the College of William & Mary.  A few of the best 5K races in Williamsburg include Run the D.O.G. ST., the Sentara Colonial Half Marathon and 5K and the Turkey Trot 5K.  The Sentara Colonial Half Marathon and 5K features the Williamsburg Fife & Drum Company and brings runners onto the campus of the College of William & Mary.  The Turkey Trot 5K takes runners past many of the historic sites that give Colonial Williamsburg its charm.

    What are the best 5K races in Virginia Beach?

    Virginia Beach is a resort city located at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay.  This city is part of the Hampton Roads metropolitan area, which also includes the city of Norfolk.  A popular 5K event in Virginia Beach is the Rock N' Roll 5K.  The We Promise Norfolk Harbor 5K is another 5K race, located in Norfolk, that gives runners an opportunity to enjoy a coastal city in Virginia.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    James River Scramble 10K
    This trail run crosses several bridges en route through Brown's Island and Belle Isle.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the Trail Takedown by completing the James River Scramble 10k Trail Run and the Bust the Banks Half to receive an additional finisher's medal.
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    Richmond 20 May 2017 Dominionriverrock
    Bluemont Shamrock 10K
    The course travels over paved and dirt roads across rolling hills. The run benefits The Bluemont Community Center Advisory Council Scholarship Fund.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and top male and female finisher in each age group.
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    Bluemont 18 March 2017 Bluemontshamrock
    Mother's Day 10K
    The course travels along the Rappahannock River in historic Fredericksburg. This race benefits Relay for Life.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Fredericksburg 14 May 2017 Bishopsevents
    Father’s Day 10k
    The point to point course is flat and travels along a wooded paved bike path through Mason Neck State Park. This race benefits the Semper Fi Fund.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Lorton 17 June 2017 Bishopsevents
    George Washington Patriot Run
    This out and back race travels along the Potomac River and finishers at Geroge Washington's Mount Vernon Mansion. Registration includes admission to Mount Vernon.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, top 3 military finishers, top 3 public safety/first responder finishers, and top male and female finisher in each age group.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Mount Vernon 10 September 2017 Mountvernon
    Anthem Wicked 10K
    This race is run on a flat course that travels along the Virginia Beach oceanfront. Awards will be given out based on judging of costumes worn during the race.  All race finishers receive a bottle opener medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, top 3 masters male and female finishers, and top male and female finisher in each age group.  Complete the Triple Jog Dare Holiday Challenge by completing the Anthem Wicked 10k, Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon and 5K, and the Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler.
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    Virginia Beach 28 October 2017 Wicked10k
    Victory at Yorktown 10K
    Taking place on the Yorktown Waterfront, this course travels through historic locations including Yorktown Battlefield and past several notable landmarks such as Cornwallis Cave and the Yorktown Victory Monument. All proceeds benefit the Victory Family YMCA.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Yorktown 15 April 2017 Runsignup
    Frozen Toe 10k
    The course travels mainly along the Chestnut Loop Trail, located around the Roanoke Mountain Campground.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, top 40+ year old male and female finishers, and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Roanoke 7 January 2017 Mountainjunkies
    Turkey Trot 10K
    A combination of road and trail run, runners are encouraged to dress in festive Thanksgiving costumes and possibly win a best costume award. The course does contain one hill with elevation climb of almost 200 feet but the finish is mostly flat.  Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers, top 2 male and female finishers in each age group, and best costume.  Become a Distinguished Participant by completing the Historic Half events (13.1, Semper 5ive, Devil Dog Double), Run Amuck, the Quantico Tri or Quantico 12k, and Turkey Trot 10k to receive an additional medal.
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    Annapolis 18 November 2017 Marinemarathon
    MCM10K
    The start line is located by the Pentagon and the course travels past many monuments and notable buildings in the nation's capital, finishing at the Marine Corps War Memorial.  All race finishers receive a medal from a Marine Corps lieutenant upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, top masters male and female finishers, and top male and female finishers in each age group. Other awards are given to top Marine, Navy, and Special Olympics finishers.
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    Arlington 22 October 2017 Marinemarathon
    Into the Woods Summer Trail Series
    The final run in a series of 4 trail runs takes place along Osprey Trail.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to top overall male and female finishers.  Complete all 4 races of the Into the Woods Summer Trail Series (West Neck Creek Trail Virginia Beach (5k), Windsor Castle Trail Smithfield (5k), Sandy Bottom Trail Hampton (8k), and First Landing State Park Virginia Beach (10k)) to receive an additional medal.
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    Virginia Beach 16 September 2017 Runsignup
    Terrain Virginia Beach Race
    Taking place at Virginia Beach Sportsplex, athletes must endure 25+ various obstacles.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers.
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    Virginia Beach 22 October 2017 Terrainracing
    Terrain Richmond Race
    Taking place at Richmond International Raceway, athletes must endure 25+ various obstacles.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers.
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    Richmond 16 September 2017 Terrainracing
    Operation Turbo 10k
    The course takes runners along the Washing & Old Dominion Trail located inside Washington & Old Dominion Railroad Regional Park park. There is a total ascent of almost 300 feet.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Arlington 18 November 2017 Bishopsevents
    Apple Blossom Valley Health 10K
    Over 1,500 runners take part in this race that travels along parts of the Apple Blossom parade route. The first male and female finishers get to ride in the parade that follows the run.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 5 overall male and female finishers, top 2 masters male and female finishers, top grand master male and female finishers, and top 2 U.S. male and female finishers. Awards will be given to top male and female finishers in each age group.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Winchester 6 May 2017 Thebloom
    Heart of Ghent 10K
    This race takes place in the historic and scenic Norfolk neighborhood of Ghent. This race will benefit several local charities.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the Best of Norfolk Series by completing the Heart of Ghent 10K, Wards Corner 10K, and Tacky Sweater 5K to recieve an additional medal and be eligible for Best of Norfolk overall and age group awards.
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    Norfolk 23 September 2017 Heartofghent10k
    Fall Classic 10k
    Taking place in downtown Charlottsville, the course travels through many scenic and historic neighborhoods while also traveling along the Rivanna River.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Charlottesville 8 October 2017 Badtothebone
    Run Through History
    This race takes runners around a loop through Spotsylvania Battlefield.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Spotsylvania 15 October 2017 Racetimingunlimited
    Anthem Star 10K
    This race offers a total elevation gain of over 850 feet. The course takes runners up the Fishburn Parkway to the Mill Mountain Star, which offers great views of the city.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to top male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Roanoke 21 April 2018 Blueridgemarathon
    Pocahontas 10K
    Taking place in Pocahontas State Park, this race will travel one loop around the mostly flat Bright Hope Trail.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.
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    Chesterfield 9 December 2016 Bishopsevents

    About 10k races

    A 10K is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 (10 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into.  They are twice the distance of the 5K and still relatively short in distance.  Less runners tend to participate than the 5K, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10K events in Virginia?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors included how long the course has been around, the race swag and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.  According to Running in the USA, there are 165 10K races in Virginia with most of these 6.2-mile races being held in April, May and October.

    What are the best 10K races in Richmond?

    The James River Scramble 10K and the Terrain Richmond Race are popular 10K races in Virginia's capital city.  The James River Scramble 10K is a trail run and the Terrain Richmond Race is an obstacle run.

    What are the best 10K races in Arlington?

    Arlington, Virginia is located directly across from Washington, D.C., along the south bank of the Potomac River.  One of the most popular 10K races in Arlington is the MCM10K, which is part of the historical Marine Corps Marathon Weekend.  Operation Turbo 10K is another popular 10K race in Arlington.

    What are the best 10K races in Virginia Beach?

    This coastal city is home to the Anthem Wicked 10K, Into the Woods Summer Trail Series, and the Terrain Virginia Beach Race.  Each of these races offers runners a different experience.  The Anthem Wicked 10K is a road course while Into the Woods Summer Trail Series is a trail run.  The Terrain Virginia Beach Race features obstacles throughout the 6.2-mile course.

     

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Shamrock Half Marathon
    Held around St. Patrick's Day, the race is so popular that it is limited to 10,000 runners. The course is a fast, flat loop with only 51 feet of elevation. The race starts at the Virginia Beach resort area and finishes on the Virginia Beach boardwalk.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 5 overall male and female finishers, top 3 overall masters male and female finishers, and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the Dolphin Challenge by completing the Anthem Half Marathon and TowneBank Shamrock 8k to receive an additional finisher's medal.
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    Virginia Beach 18 March 2018 Shamrockmarathon
    Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon
    Located between Washington D.C. and Richmond, the course in Fredericksburg features historical attractions from the Revolutionary and Civil War periods, views along the Rappahannock River, and the well known Hospital Hill.  All race finishers receive a medal from a Marine Corps lieutenant upon completion of the race. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers as well as top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the FXBG 26.2 Challenge by completing the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon and Blue/Grey Half Marathon to potentially receive additional awards determined by running times. Complete the Devil Double Dog by completing the Semper 5ive with a 9 minute mile or faster pace and Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon with a 16 minute mile or faster pace.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Fredericksburg 20 May 2018 Marinemarathon
    Rock n' Roll Half Marathon
    This point to point race has little elevation gain but many rolling hills. Numerous local bands can be heard along the route. Up to 10,000 runners will attend this Labor Day weekend race and enjoy a finish along the boardwalk.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and awards will be given to the top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the Remix Challenge by completing both the Rock n' Roll Half Marathon and 5K to receive an additional medal.
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    Virginia Beach 3 September 2017 Runrocknroll
    Petersburg Half Marathon
    The course has an elevation gain of 389 feet, with a 115 feet climb over the length of a mile starting at mile 2.5. Three miles of the course passes through Battlefield Park, where a battle reenactment will occur.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers as well as top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Petersburg 21 April 2018 Runpetersburg
    Bristol Half & Half
    This races starts in Bristol, Virginia and ends in Bristol, Tennessee. It benefits the American Cancer Society.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.
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    Bristol 21 April 2018 Bristolhalfnhalf
    Run & Ride Kings Dominion Half Marathon
    The course will pass through Kings Dominion amusement park. A park ticket is included with registration and discounts are available to friends and family.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers as well as top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Doswell 3 June 2017 Runandriderace
    Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon
    The course travels around Norfolk's historic neighborhoods and Old Dominion University before finishing along the harbor. All race finishers receive a bottle opener medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 5 overall male and female finishers, top 3 overall masters male and female finishers, and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the Triple Jog Dare Holiday Challenge by completing the Wicked 10k, Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon, We Promise Norfolk Harbor 5K, and the Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler. Complete the Get Nauti Challenge by completing the We Promise Norfolk Harbor 5K and Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon to receive an additional medal. Participate in all three of the Coastal Virginia Half Marathon Series races (Anthem Shamrock Half Marathon, Crawlin’ Crab Half Marathon, Chartway Norfolk Harbor Half Marathon) to receive an additional medal.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Norfolk 19 November 2016 Norfolkharborhalf
    Sentara Colonial Half Marathon
    The race starts with a processional by the WIlliamsburg Fife and Drum Company. The course begins and ends on the beautiful campus of William and Mary and has a combination of flat stretches and hills.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Cash prizes will be given to top 3 overall finishers.The top 10 finishers will receive various Under Armour gear. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall masters finishers and top 3 finishers in each age group.
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    Williamsburg 26 February 2017 Colonialhalfmarathon
    Virginia Wine Country Half Marathon
    The race starts and ends at Doukenie Winery. The course is very scenic and rural with many wineries, vineyards, and farms to view along the way.  Cash prizes will be given to top 3 overall finishers.The top 10 finishers will receive various Under Armour gear. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall masters finishers and top 3 finishers in each age group.
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    Loudoun County 2 June 2018 Destinationraces
    VA Runner Blue & Gray Half Marathon
    The course is an out and back loop that travels through the city of Fredericksburg.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers as well as top overall masters male and female finishers. Awards will be given to top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the FXBG 26.2 Challenge by completing the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon and Blue/Grey Half Marathon to potentially receive additional awards determined by running times.
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    Fredericksburg 3 December 2017 Racetimingunlimited
    Trail Nut Half Marathon
    Part of the Roanoke Non Ultra Trail Series (RNUTS), enjoy plenty of wildlife in a wooded setting at Bedford Trails. The course contains a 9 mile loop followed by a 4.1 mile loop and has a mix of trail, grassy fields, and gravel road.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, top 3 masters male and female finishers, and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Bedford 6 May 2017 Mountainjunkies
    Race 13.1
    The race starts and finishes in downtown Roanoke, mostly along the Roanoke River Greenway. It is and out an back course that is mostly flat with only minor hilly stretches.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  There are age group and overall awards for males and females.  Complete the Roanoke Triple Crown by completing the Race 13.1 Roanoke Half Marathon, the Blue Ridge Full or Half Marathon, and Star City Half Marathon to receive an additional medal.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Roanoke 17 June 2017 Race13.1
    Star City Half Marathon
    This is an out and back course through the city of Roanoke with a combination of flat and hilly stretches. The course starts along the Roanoke river in downtown Roanoke, travels throughout city neighborhoods and parks across several bridges, before finishing along the river.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, top 3 masters male and female finishers, and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the Roanoke Triple Crown by completing the Race 13.1 Roanoke Half Marathon, the Blue Ridge Full or Half Marathon, and Star City Half Marathon to receive an additional medal.
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    Roanoke 18 November 2018 Starcitystriders
    Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon
    Although not as difficult as the full marathon, the Blue Ridge Half Marathon is still very challenging with a total elevation gain of almost 1900 feet.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to top male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the Roanoke Triple Crown by completing the Race 13.1 Roanoke Half Marathon, the Blue Ridge Full or Half Marathon, and Star City Half Marathon to receive an additional medal.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Roanoke 21 April 2018 Blueridgemarathon
    Freedom Fighters Half Marathon
    The race is a mix of paved roads with small stretch of gravel and sand. The course takes runners through William Forest Park making a loop around the park before returning to the start/finish line. The race benefits the Semper Fund, which provides financial assistance lifetime support to post-9/11 wounded, sick and injured members of all branches of the United States military and their families.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.
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    Quantico 30 July 2017 Bishopsevents
    Fredericksburg Half-Marathon
    This race begins and ends in Old Mill Park and loops four times along the Rappahannock River in historic Fredericksburg.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.
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    Fredericksburg 15 July 2017 Bishopsevents
    Markel Richmond Half Marathon
    The race takes runners along many of the city's historic neighborhoods in downtown Richmond. The course is mostly flat and offers a downhill finish. There is plenty of entertainment along the way.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Cash prizes will be given to top 5 overall male and female finishers. Awards will be given to the top 5 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Richmond 11 November 2017 Richmondmarathon
    Terrapin Mountain Half Marathon
    This race takes runners on a loop along trails around Terrapin Mountain, White Oak Ridge, Goff Mountain, and Hunting Creek. Runners will experience an overall elevation change of over 3,200 feet.  All race finishers receive a Patagonia award upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and top finishers in each age group.
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    Sedalia 24 March 2018 Eco-xsports
    Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon
    This race is a flat out and back one that travels along the paved Dismal Swam Canal Trail through the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 5 overall male and female finishers. Awards will be given to top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Chesapeake 8 April 2017 Dismalswampstomp
    Chessie Trail Fall Half Marathon
    This mostly flat, gravel and dirt trail is an out and back race that travels along the Maury River through a woodland setting.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers and top finishers in each age group.
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    Lexington 28 October 2017 2017chessietrailfallhalfmarathon5k

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon of 26 miles.  The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance, and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states.  The growth rate of participants for the half marathon distance is currently higher than that of the full.  According to Running In the USA, there are 78 half marathons in the state of Virginia.  Most of these half marathons take place in April, September and October.

    What are the best half marathon races in Roanoke?

    Roanoke is the largest city in Southwest Virginia.  The Roanoke River bisects this municipality.  The Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Half Marathon, Race 13.1, and the Star City Half Marathon are a few of the best half marathon races in Roanoke, Virginia.  The Race 13.1 and Star City Half Marathon give runners an opportunity to enjoy the sites of Downtown Roanoke and run along the Roanoke River.

    What are the best half marathon races in Fredericksburg?

    Fredericksburg, Virginia is located between Washington, D.C. and Richmond, Virginia and is part of the Northern Virginia region.  The Fredericksburg Half-Marathon, Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon and the VA Runner Blue & Gray Half Marathon are the best half marathon races in Fredericksburg, Virginia.  All three of these 13.1-mile courses give runners an opportunity to run along the Rappahannock River and enjoy the sites of Historic Downtown Fredericksburg.  Runners who complete the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon and the VA Blue & Gray Half Marathon will complete the FXBG 26.2 Challenge, potentially earning additional awards contingent upon race finish times.

    What are the best half marathon races in Virginia Beach?

    The Rock N' Roll Half Marathon and the Shamrock Half Marathon are two very popular half marathon races in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  In fact, both half marathon races are so popular that they are limited to 10,000 runners.  Both races offer opportunities for runners to complete additional races for bonus Finisher's Medals.

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  • Marathons
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    Newport News One City Marathon
    This flat, fast, point to point course will take runners all throughout Newport News starting in Newport News Park and finishing at the Newport News Victory Arch.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and top 3 overall masters male and female finishers.  Complete the Whale Challenge by completing the Yuengling Shamrock Marathon and TowneBank Shamrock 8k to receive an additional finisher's medal.
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    Newport News 4 March 2018 Onecitymarathon
    Instant Classic Marathon
    This run benefits the Fisher House at McGuire Hospital, which supports our military's veterans and their families.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.
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    Chesterfield 18 March 2018 Instantclassictrailrace
    Shamrock Marathon
    Held around St. Patrick's Day weekend, this race is the oldest continuously running road race in Virginia Beach and limited 4,000 runners.The course is a fast, flat loop and finishes along the Virginia Beach boardwalk.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 5 overall male and female finishers, top 3 overall masters male and female finishers, and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Virginia Beach 18 March 2018 Shamrockmarathon
    Virginia Creeper Marathon
    The race begins as a two mile out and back before continuing along the Virginia Creeper Trail. The trail is relatively flat with very little elevation increase and a soft running surface with the occasional wooden trestles. The course will loop several times past the start/finish line.  All race finishers receive a paperweight upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers and top male and female finishers in each age group.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Abingdon 19 March 2017 Runtricities
    Charlottesville Marathon
    The course has been voted as one of the most scenic in the East. Located below the Blue Ridge Mountains, it starts and ends at the historic Court Square and follows the Rivanna River.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, top overall masters male and female finishers, and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Charlottesville 7 April 2018 Charlottesvillemarathon
    Runners Marathon of Reston
    The course is a loop that has a combination of hills, roads, and paved trails. The race benefits the Reston Runners Community Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships to local high school students.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top overall male and female finishers, top overall masters male and female finishers, and top male and female finishers in each age group.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Reston 8 April 2018 Runnersmarathon
    Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon
    This race is considred one of America's most challenging road marathons. The course begins and ends in downtown Roanoke and will travel through the Blue Ridge Parkway, having three significant climbs and descents. The mountain ascends about 780 feet in two miles and will provide many scenic views.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  Complete the Roanoke Triple Crown by completing the Race 13.1 Roanoke Half Marathon, the Blue Ridge Full or Half Marathon, and Star City Half Marathon to receive an additional medal.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Roanoke 21 April 2018 Blueridgemarathon
    North Face Endurance Challenge
    The course will take runners high above the Potomac River for a three mile section. In Great Falls Park, runners will experience elevation climbs up to 300 feet.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Sterling 29 April 2017 Thenorthface
    Conquer the Cove Marathon
    Part of the Roanoke Non Ultra Trail Series (RNUTS), this is a challenging course with great scenic views taking place in Carvins Cove Natural Reserve. There is about 3,500 feet of elevation gain with 1,000 feet of that happening after mile 18. All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race. Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, top overall masters male and female finishers, and top male and female finishers in each age group.
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    Roanoke 4 June 2017 Mountainjunkies
    Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon
    The course will begin and end at The Intervale Trail Head of the Jackson River Scenic Trail, following the Jackson River. The trail has a smooth crushed gravel surface and is mostly flat with a few hills.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers and top 3 male and female finishers in each age group.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Covington 24 June 2017 Runsignup
    Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon
    This race is 1 of 6 places in USA to currently host indoor marathon. It will be completed by completing 211 laps around an indoor track.  All race finishers receive a belt buckle upon completion of the race.
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    Arlington 25 June 2017 Racepacket
    Odyssey Trail Running Rampage

    The course makes 2 loops along a trail with difficult hills but beautiful views at various points along the trail. It will pass creeks, waterfalls, and travel through the Rhododendron-covered tunnels. There is a total elevation gain of 2,700 feet over 13 miles, with most of that after the first 4 miles.  All race finishers receive a pint mug upon completion of the race.

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    Douthat State Park 9 September 2017 Oarevents
    Appalachian Series
    The run begins in West Virginia and ends in Virginia. The course is 12 loops of paved road and some hills.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.
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    Bluefield 8 October 2017 Mainlymarathons
    Marine Corps Marathon
    One of the largest marathons in the United States and world, entry is granted via a lottery. The start line is located between the Pentagon and Arlington National Cemetery and the course travels past many monuments and notable buildings in the nation's capital.  All race finishers receive a medal from a Marine Corps lieutenant upon completion of the race.  Awards will be given to the top 3 overall male and female finishers, top masters male and female finishers, and top male and female finishers in each age group. Other awards are given to top Marine, Navy, and Special Olympics finishers.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Arlington 22 October 2017 Marinemarathon
    Cross County Trail Marathon
    The trail will have various running surfaces including asphalt, ballast, concrete, crushed stone, dirty, and gravel. A portion of the registration fees go to the Fairfax County Parks Department.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.
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    Springfield 10 November 2017 Altisendurance
    Anthem Richmond Marathon
    The race travels through many of Richmond's historic and scenic areas along the James River. The course is mostly flat with a few hills.  All participants receive a red stainless steel cup and fleece blanket.  All race finishers receive a medal upon completion of the race.  Cash prizes will be given to the top 5 overall male and female finishers. Awards will be given to top 5 male and female finishers in each age group.  This race is USATF certified.
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    Richmond 11 November 2017 Richmondmarathon
    Hawk Indoor Marathon
    This race is 1 of 6 places in USA to currently host indoor marathon. It will be completed by completing 211 laps around an indoor track.  All race finishers receive a belt buckle upon completion of the race.  Cash prizes for top 3 overall finishers.
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    Arlington 17 December 2017 Hawkindoormarathon

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2017 there are currently more than 800 events being held in North America, and that number is consistently growing.  Over 90% of these marathons are being held in the United States, with 7%  being held in Canada.  About 72% of these marathons are certified, which means they are Boston Marathon Qualifiers.  September and October are the most popular months for marathon events, with over 100 in each month.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Virginia?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the event has been around, the runner perks and Finisher's Medals, what runners thought of the event and how scenic the 26.2-mile course is.  Seven of the 17 marathons are USATF certified.

    What are the best marathons in Roanoke?

    The Foot Levelers Blue Bridge Marathon and the Conquer the Cove Marathon are two of the best marathon races in Roanoke, Virginia.

    What are the best marathons in Arlington?

    Arlington is home to two unique marathon events, the indoor marathon.  These indoor marathons include the Grant-Pierce Indoor Marathon and the Hawk Indoor Marathon.  The Marine Corps Marathon is another popular marathon event in Arlington, Virginia.

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