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Richmond Marathon

Richmond, VA

Race Dates

2016: Saturday, November 12, 2016
2015: Saturday, November 14, 2015

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: 99.28
Course Score: 99.28

Race Size

2015: 4,523 Finishers
2014: 5,098 Finishers
2013: 4,842 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2016: N/A
2015: 9.9%
2014: 8.2%

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 16th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 18th largest in 2014.

Last year 9.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 8.2% of runners qualified for Boston in 2014.

This gives the Richmond Marathon the 195th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 253rd highest percentage in 2014.

Its Course Score of 99.28 ranks it as the 128th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 4th 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 99.28. This PR Score ranks it as the 88th 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)


Ratings & Reviews for the Richmond Marathon

4 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2015 Richmond Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Race Tips

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

review of 2014 Richmond Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


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!

review of 2013 Richmond Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


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

Finish Time Equivalent

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