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Race Dates

2018: Saturday, April 7, 2018
2017: Saturday, April 1, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Mostly Out and Back
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 67°F (19°C)
Average Low: 43° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 94.78
Course Score: 94.78

Race Size

2017: 226 Finishers
2016: 233 Finishers
2015: 290 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 5.8%
2016: 4.3%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The challenging Charlottesville Marathon course starts and finishes near historic downtown Charlottesville, Virginia then traverse some of the most scenic and historic areas on the East Coast.

Proceeding out of Charlottesville, the course runs past many historic sites including Thomas Jefferson's Rotunda, located at the University of Virginia. Runners will proceed through the Albemarle Wine and Horse country, then back through some of Charlottesville's most historic downtown neighborhoods.

Runners will get a break from the rolling course for two miles starting just past mile 22 as the course goes along the flat, paved Riverview Park footpath.

Marathon Rankings

The Charlottesville Marathon was the 233rd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 240th largest in 2016.

Last year 5.8% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 4.3% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Charlottesville Marathon the 330th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 399th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 94.78 ranks it as the 426th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 6th 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 Charlottesville Marathon a PR Score of 94.78. This PR Score ranks it as the 416th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 6th fastest in Virginia.

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

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 613 feet (186m)
Min Elevation: 310 feet (94m)


Recent Charlottesville Marathon Reviews

2.5 Stars from 2 Reviews
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review of 2017 Charlottesville Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


I ran this race on a whim, signing up the day before with my wife while on the train down to Charlottesville for a wedding. She signed up for the half marathon. I was in the middle of training for an ultra, and I was planning on doing a 22 mile tun that day anyway, so I decided to give it a go.

Pros: The course is beautiful! I used to live in Cville and the course winds through some of the prettier parts. There was plenty of water, gatordade, and gels on the course. As someone who is used to New York Road Runners events the pre and post-race festivals were small, but relatively well run affairs with very friendly staff. The course was well marked, and the portable toilets were clean.

Cons: Not enough Port-A-Potties! At the start there was a HUGE line for the one set of bathrooms. The course is wicked hilly, and seems to be a little sadistic in the fact that they put a huge incline right at the end. There were a couple of points on the course where drivers annoyingly honked at runners because roads were not fully shut down.

Overall: A great small town marathon. The only major hiccup was the line to poop pre-race. I missed the start by 4 minutes because I was waiting to use the loo.

Race Tips

Pace yourself extra conservatively. The really hilly bits are near the end, and toward the warmer part of the day, so it is tough.

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

Arrive to the festival early, drop your bag early, and poop early. Just stay at the OMNI downtown if you can get a room. It's a nice hotel and super close to the race start. Grab some bagels at Bodos while you're in town.

review of 2013 Charlottesville Marathon.   

1 / 5 Stars


The course is very scenic and the town has a great atmosphere. The race, unfortunately, is very poorly organized -- in 2013 the mile markers did not seem to be accurate (some with GPS watches indicated that mile marker 2 was actually closer to 2.5, for example), and the course lacked clocks reflecting time elapsed since the start. I've tried this race twice but won't be back, since it seems its organization hasn't improved.

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Finish Time Equivalent

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