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Richmond Marathon Reviews


4.8 Stars from 14 Runners





  Great course, wonderful support, loved this race.

By about 2017


Review

I loved this marathon. The course was lovely, including a long peaceful stretch with the James River on the left and a woods on the right, and interesting variety in neighborhoods within Richmond. There were flat stretches but also plenty of hills, some fairly steep with the downhill on the other side as a reward, just enough hills to challenge you without leaving you feeling you couldn't deal with another one. The long, splendid downhill to the finish line, with a view of the river and the white tents at the end took away any fatigue and lightened the legs for an energetic finish. The spectators were lovely and the race was well supported, with lots of very friendly volunteers. The expo was also good with friendly, helpful people.


Race Tips

The half starts at pretty much the same time but at a different place and I made the mistake of just following a group as I left the hotel without looking at their bibs, then had to figure out why the corrals didn't make sense, and ended up sprinting to get to the marathon start once I figured out what I'd done. Probably most of you know better, but for scatterbrains like me, a word to the wise.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I suggest booking your hotel early, as soon as you register for the race, if you want to be sure to get any race-related discount. I waited a while and even though I booked pretty far in advance, some of the hotels were full and the one that still had the discount no longer had it for the night after the marathon.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

The streets were lined with people cheering you on the whole way. The entire city becomes part of the marathon. It's very motivating. There is also a beautiful portion along the water. The con is that it is quite hilly. Expo was great and the people running were also very friendly.


Race Tips

Make sure you run hills as part of your training to be prepared for the hilly terrain.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Lots of breweries in the area to enjoy after race day


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Excellent course support and crowd support. Well organized and beautiful course during a time of year where that weather is on the colder side. My favorite.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Get your hotel a long time in advance!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

This a great marathon with a supportive crowd. The pacers were helpful in providing a Boston qualifying pace from the beginning. The last big hill is at mile 19 and from there is flat and down hill. I would highly recommend this race.


Race Tips

Rolling course with nothing too extreme. Be smart at mile 14-16 when you cross the bridge back into the city. Its a steady uphill with a headwind most years.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Book a hotel walking distance to the race


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Unconditionally, Richmond is the best kept secret in marathons. An absolutely wonderful course with at most only 4 miles of marginal course. Compare to philly, as example with about 12+ miles of crapulous course. Richmond is perfect size 4,500ish and has wonderful support and best chance of great weather for fall marathons. The city is a gem too for pre/post race fun.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Unconditionally, Richmond is the best kept secret in marathons. An absolutely wonderful course with at most only 4 miles of marginal course. Compare to philly, as example with about 12+ miles of crapulous course. Richmond is perfect size 4,500ish and has wonderful support and best chance of great weather for fall marathons. The city is a gem too for pre/post race fun.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

I like the course and the wether has been great during my two marathons. The only bad thing is some of the roads are toll roads and the exit ramp is exact change only. Had to drive past and pull over and look for change. I wasn't the only one. A warning on the race site would help. It wasn't expensive but we didn't have any warning.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Great crowd support, water/fuel. Nice course! Great pace groups. Not too crowded!


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2016


Review

Rolling hills but not excessively difficult hills anywhere. The last half mile or so downhill to the finish is a marathoners dream! Water/Powerade abundant. Fruit around 20mile marker. A snack table with pretzels, M&Ms, gummies, etc. was a great treat. Plenty or portolets on the course. Did not know about the fleece throw until they handed it to me...wow, what a great thing to have! It was windy and cold to the blanket was perfect. I got my BQ here and I will definitely be back!


Race Tips

Hang out in the Marriott until 15-20 from start if it's cold. Run your own pace (my pace group seemed a little slow so I left it). The water and Powerade cups were almost the same color...it was hard to tell which was which (and yes, water was first, Powerade in back but you couldn't tell where the transition was). A different color cup would have made it much easier to locate what you were looking for ir even seperating the tables by 30-40 feet or so.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


Review

Its a fun marathon, well put on with a great course.


Race Tips

The course is very flat, don't worry about any hills.


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2015


5 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2014


Review

I loved the medal and the fleece blanket at the end, especially on a freezing cold day! They were out of a lot of the food when I finished (5:45) and it was too cold to wait for more.


Race Tips

The start was a little confusing, with the 8K going first, and then the half and full marathon starting out together on opposite sides of the road. Since the start lines for the 3 races aren't at the same place, you will see 3 different 1 mile mark signs and wonder what's wrong with your GPS. If you're doing the marathon, the first 1 mile marker sign is not for you. It also got confusing as I got to mile 19 and then saw a mile marker sign that said 3! The most scenic miles were miles 2-10, with the beautiful historic neighborhoods and running along the river. My least favorite miles were in the second half, when we follow the half marathon course. I found the last 3 miles to be utterly depressing -very industrial, kind of desolate. Also, when you turn the corner and they say the end is just down the hill -- it's actually down two hills, so don't get carried away!


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Make post-race dinner reservations in advance. Omni hotel or Marriott hotel are easiest to stay at, logistically. The Tobacco Company Restaurant had fabulous desserts that I downed with no guilt!


3 / 5 Stars


  

By about 2013


Review

A lot of friendly supporters along the run and with beautiful scenery along the river. Overall a very pretty run.


Race Tips

The course didn't have many steep hills but did have rolling hills. The segments with downhill running are somewhat drastic but nothing to make it very difficult.


Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

I arrived an hour ahead of time and there are numerous parking garages in the immediate are that you can utilize. I had plenty of time to get to the start line


4 / 5 Stars





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