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Race Dates

2018: Sunday, March 18, 2018
2017: Sunday, March 19, 2017

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Out and Back
Surface: Trail
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 50°F (10°C)
Average High: 62°F (16°C)
Average Low: 38° F (3°C)

PR Score & Course Score

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Race Size

2017: 73 Finishers
2016: 83 Finishers
2015: 80 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 2.7%
2016: 10.8%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: No

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Course Description

The Virginia Creeper Marathon follows an out-and-back first two miles on gently rolling Watauga Road, the rest of the race is run on the Virginia Creeper Trail, a former railroad bed.

One of the two out-and-back segments on the Trail is repeated, as is a short portion of the other segment. Runners pass the start/finish area at 2, 9, 18 and 25 miles.

The Trail is flat to gentle grade, with (except for the occasional wooden trestle) a soft running surface.

Marathon Rankings

The Virginia Creeper Marathon was the 414th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 436th largest in 2016.

Last year 2.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 10.8% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Virginia Creeper Marathon the 413th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 172nd highest percentage in 2016.

There are currently no Course or PR Scores for the Virginia Creeper Marathon. If you would like scores calculated, send a request here.

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Elevation Chart

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Recent Virginia Creeper Marathon Reviews

5 Stars from 1 Reviews
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review of 2014 Virginia Creeper Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


This is a well run and very small race. 24 miles are run on the Virginia Creeper trail, a soft surface away from traffic. The surrounding landscape is beautiful. Food after the race consisted of bananas and Rice Krispies treats.

Race Tips

The trail has a slight incline in each direction. You will run a very slight uphill for several miles at a time, followed by a very slight downhill for several miles. The incline is almost imperceptible. The race passes the start/finish area several times, which makes it easy to shed clothes in a safe place. You can pick up the clothes later. The surface is called a trail, but there are no roots or rocks to speak of. It is hard packed something, but it is softer than asphalt and wide enough for runners to travel three abreast. Aid stations are not staffed by many people. One aid station I passed was staffed by one person (on my way out) and by nobody at all (on my way back). The day I ran was cold, with temperatures in the 30s and a wind chill in the 20s throughout the race. Typically, the weather in this region is warmer than that in late March.

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

Race is held approximately two miles from an exit on I-81 where there are several hotels and restaurants. A higher class of restaurant can be located on and near Main Street in Abingdon. Parking is at a school one mile from the start line. Runners are shuttled to the start.

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