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Race Dates

2017: Saturday, November 11, 2017
2016: Saturday, November 12, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 50°F (10°C)
Average High: 61°F (16°C)
Average Low: 39° F (3°C)

Historical Weather


PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 99.08
Course Score: 99.08

Race Size

2016: 4,056 Finishers
2015: 4,523 Finishers
2014: 5,098 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 13.7%
2015: 9.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The rolling Richmond Marathon course travels through scenic and historic sections of Richmond and also along and across the James River. The majority of the rolling terrain is in the first half of the course and it is mostly flat (with a few changes in elevation) the second half to the finish.


Marathon Rankings

The Richmond Marathon was the 19th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 16th largest in 2015.

Last year 13.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 9.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Richmond Marathon the 116th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 187th highest percentage in 2015.


Its Course Score of 99.08 ranks it as the 177th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest course in Virginia.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Richmond Marathon a PR Score of 99.08. This PR Score ranks it as the 123rd fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Virginia.

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Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 272 feet (82m)
Min Elevation: 85 feet (25m)

Richmond




Recent Richmond Marathon Reviews

4.8 Stars from 13 Reviews
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review of 2016 Richmond Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.

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review of 2016 Richmond Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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

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review of 2016 Richmond Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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review of 2016 Richmond Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.

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review of 2016 Richmond Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.

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