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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, November 10, 2018
2017: Saturday, November 11, 2017

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

2017: 4,250 Finishers
2016: 4,056 Finishers
2015: 4,523 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: 12.4%
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.

This year 12.4% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 13.7% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Richmond Marathon the 113th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 114th highest percentage so far in 2017.


Its Course Score of 99.08 ranks it as the 185th 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 128th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 3rd fastest in Virginia.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.


Elevation Chart

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

Richmond




Recent Richmond Marathon Reviews

4.8 Stars from 15 Reviews
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review of 2017 Richmond Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

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.



review of 2017 Richmond Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

This is a great course with lots of crowd support. The fall foliage is just spectacular and the swag abundant!

Race Tips


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

Stay in a hotel downtown near the race start for an easy race morning.



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.

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




review of 2016 Richmond Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review

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

Race Tips


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




review of 2016 Richmond Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars

Review


Race Tips


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




Finish Time Equivalent

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