Run Richmond — America’s Friendliest Marathon!

No matter which distance you choose, when you run Richmond, you’ll receive VIP treatment! With the best volunteers and spectators cheering you on, and more race perks than you can count, you’ll see why we’ve earned our rep as ‘America’s Friendliest Marathon’ over the past 43 years. Click here to register now!

Come run Richmond and discover why The New York Times and Travel & Leisure say we’re a Top Destination! Each of our scenic courses showcase some of our city’s favorite attributes. With street art, river views, historic architecture, and beautiful parks, each route treats runners to a unique and unforgettable tour of RVA that ends with our renowned downhill finish on the riverfront! Not only are the routes beautiful, but they’re fast too! We’re a “Top 25 Qualifying Race” for the Boston Marathon.

During your race, you’ll experience our famous course support guaranteed to make the miles fly by and give you the encouragement and motivation you need to cross the finish line. Along the course, we’ve been known for things like junk food stops, pickle juice, bands, and cheer zones—we can’t wait to see what unfolds for 2021 and we hope you’re a part of it!

Not only are we committed to making your race experience exciting and fun, but safe too. With the 2020 Richmond Marathon as proof, the nonprofit team at Sports Backers has shown our ability to organize a race experience tailor-made to fit the needs of our environment and of our participants. We can assure you that we have our eye on all of the most recent COVID-19 guidelines and will make updates to our event as needed to stay within those guidelines, but most importantly to keep you safe.

Along with phenomenal course support and VIP treatment, all runners receive great swag to celebrate their race-day accomplishments, including:

  • Long sleeve technical race shirt
  • Custom medal at the finish line
  • Premium finisher item (marathon and half only)
  • Our famous fleece Finisher Blanket (marathon and half only)

Once you cross the finish line, we’re ready to celebrate your miles with you! Nothing tops the finish-line feeling, but when combined with the amazing outdoor scene, activities, and food that the Richmond region has to offer, the VCU Health Richmond Marathon won’t be the only highlight of your trip! Discover wonders like our world-class trail system and the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, or just revel in your accomplishment at one of our many rooftop bars. Richmond is ready for you!

Click here to register now!

Noteworthy Mentions:

Group Discounts
Running as a team is always more fun and at the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, we invite you and your running buddies to join the fun TOGETHER! Team perks are available for groups of 10 or more.

Run Richmond Premium Package
Let us roll out the red carpet and give you a race experience fit for a king (or queen)! You’re going to train hard, so be sure to make race day easy. This add-on is available when registering online.

Sports Backers Training Teams
We want to make sure you do your best in whichever race you choose! Sports Backers offers training plans (in-person and virtual) for each race to help you get to the finish line and reach your goals! 

Official Event Charity
You know what’s better than running? Running for a purpose! Kids Run RVA, our official event charity, motivates thousands of youngsters across our region to run and walk on a regular basis. A donation to Kids Run RVA of $50 will automatically reduce your marathon or half marathon entry fee by $20.

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