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VCU Health Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon

lap9197 REPEAT RUNNER '17

VCU Health Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon

This is a home town race for me so no travelling but I hear the hotels downtown really cater to the runners. They even let the runners not staying there … MORE

This is a home town race for me so no travelling but I hear the hotels downtown really cater to the runners. They even let the runners not staying there hang out in the lobbies prior to race start. Which is awesome because that weekend can be pretty cold.

Plenty of water stops with tons of volunteers. Junk food, coke stops and bands along the route as well. Views along the course are good; city views and river views. Love it.

SportsBackers does a bus tour of the course, which is nice, especially for out of towners.

SportsBackers uses corrals to start to keep the race from being too congested. The amount of time between is perfect. You never feel claustrophobic or overcrowded. Bathrooms along the course are my only negative, if you really want to call it a negative. There are portapotties and within plenty of spaces. There just did not seem to be enough at each stop. About half a mile in there is a row of like 20 portapotties & you think “Wow, this is a great sign!” So my message to you, if you have to go then go and hope you won’t need to the remaining 25+ miles because the rest of the stops don’t have anywhere near that many. Lines were long, too.

The swag: the swag is pretty high up there on the “you will actually use these items” list. If you run the half or full you get a fleece blanket and medal. This year due to the 40th anniversary, you got a nice red aluminum cup. Also one randomly selected marathon medal had a real ruby. Sadly, it wasn’t me.

Last thing that I love about this race is the PR Bell & Boston qualifying prize. They have a bell set up that you can ring if your run was a PR. Also, if you qualify for Boston (they verify times) and you receive a prize of some sort. [can’t tell you what it is because I am not fast enough.]

Highly recommend this event!

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
5

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VCU Health Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon

portlandrunner FIRST-TIMER '14

VCU Health Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon

This race is touted as the friendliest half marathon in the country and it just may be! The community support was tremendous. I have never seen so many locals come … MORE

This race is touted as the friendliest half marathon in the country and it just may be! The community support was tremendous. I have never seen so many locals come out to cheer on a race. From the start to the finish, there were people with signs, making noise, and handing out treats to the runners. The post-race celebration was amazing: great food, music, and they even gave out blankets, which were a welcome sight on such a cold day. Well organized and fun, I would definitely run this one again.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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VCU Health Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon

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fchaogay FIRST-TIMER '16

VCU Health Richmond Marathon & Half Marathon

Friendly - definitely lives up to the billing there! Neighborhoods came out and cheered throughout the 26 miles which was fabulous! Folks had boxes of tissues, leftover Halloween candy, and … MORE

Friendly – definitely lives up to the billing there! Neighborhoods came out and cheered throughout the 26 miles which was fabulous! Folks had boxes of tissues, leftover Halloween candy, and shots 🙂 . Tons of music entertainment, never boring!

But, it was also a beautiful course! Running down historical Monument Ave was beautiful, and then running along the gorgeous river with Fall Foliage!

Packet pick up a breeze and the Expo was a nice sized, fun one that was easy to get to and park at! Swag at the end appreciated too 🙂

Getting there easy – parked within 2 blocks of race start about 45 min before race start and then hung out in a hotel lobby staying warm. No sweat!

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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The Cowtown

broche REPEAT RUNNER '19

The Cowtown

I may be biased as a Fort Worth native, but the Cowtown is THE BEST race in the country. I've run the half twice and did the full this year, … MORE

I may be biased as a Fort Worth native, but the Cowtown is THE BEST race in the country. I’ve run the half twice and did the full this year, and I plan to run some distance there every year until I physically cannot. Here’s why:

1) The volunteers and organization are unbeatable. Cowtown runs like a well-oiled machine, and a fun one at that! I’m a back-of-the-pack runner, and I STILL felt supported and loved during the final miles of the full or the half.
2) The full course gives you the excitement and entertainment of a big race AND the intimacy and charm of a small race. The half course is a 13 mile party, and once the full splits from the half, things became more serene. Also, the second half of the course goes through beautiful neighborhoods with few hills.
3) The CROWD SUPPORT in the second half was amazing! Miles 14, 15, and 20, I’m looking at you! Neighborhoods set up their own aid stations and cheer runners on. It really felt like everyone was out there to support the runners, which made a huge difference in my race.
4) The finish line/post-race festivities are full of Texan hospitality. Ice cream, beer, chicken noodle soup, fruit, bananas, water, Topo Chico, all handed off with big smiles and congratulations. Every single volunteer from the medical personnel just at the finish line to the people who gave out medal to the volunteers who served food congratulated me, and that meant the world to me.
5) The swag is GREAT! I love the 3 year medal series, and I always actually wear the shirts post-race.
6) Packet pickup is swift and well-organized. I have never waited to get my bib or shirts.
7) Cowtown is truly the friendliest race I’ve ever run. Something about the entertainment, the organization, and the race itself makes runners chattier and so kind. I’ve never hugged at stranger in a corral except at Cowtown. It’s THAT kind of vibe!

I will come back in 2020 and 2021 and 2022…seriously until I can’t even crawl the 5K!!!!! IT IS THAT GOOD.

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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The Cowtown

dantelm REPEAT RUNNER '19

The Cowtown

The health and fitness expo is amazing. Packet pick up was a breeze. I was originally registered for the 5k, but I changed my mind and went for the 10k … MORE

The health and fitness expo is amazing. Packet pick up was a breeze.

I was originally registered for the 5k, but I changed my mind and went for the 10k the night before the race. I paid the difference between the races and had to pay a $25 race change fee. So in the end, it was like I registered for the 5k AND the 10k, I should have just done both and walked the 5k after. The price of changing races felt like a rip off.

Other than that, it was an amazing race and weekend. This was the first time I wasn’t injured during the cowtown and I was able to do something more than the 5k

DIFFICULTY
2
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
5
SWAG
4

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Goodyear Half Marathon & 10K (Akron Marathon Race Series)

runningg8r FIRST-TIMER '18

Goodyear Half Marathon & 10K (Akron Marathon Race Series)

This race was put on very well. I was impressed with the organization and the swag. The registration included: a quality finisher's medal, super soft/attractive race tee, Asics race-branded socks, … MORE

This race was put on very well. I was impressed with the organization and the swag. The registration included: a quality finisher’s medal, super soft/attractive race tee, Asics race-branded socks, beer, burger and ice cream at the finish line. The start on the Goodyear test rack was really cool and a lot of fun. It was easy for spectators to see their runners several times. The course is hillier than I was expecting but I still had a great time!

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
5

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The Cowtown

Mueller375 REPEAT RUNNER '15

The Cowtown

This year the race was almost canceled due to a massive (texas) blizzard. We had 1.5 - 2" of snow. You laugh if you're from the North however Texas can't … MORE

This year the race was almost canceled due to a massive (texas) blizzard. We had 1.5 – 2″ of snow. You laugh if you’re from the North however Texas can’t handle that stuff.
They managed to clear the half marathon course so anyone who wanted to run was able to do so however the full and ultra were canceled.

DIFFICULTY
5
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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The Cowtown

Mueller375 FIRST-TIMER '14

The Cowtown

This race is the first one I suggest to anyone coming to visit. It's normally a bit colder than Houston because it's a 45 days after which makes for a … MORE

This race is the first one I suggest to anyone coming to visit. It’s normally a bit colder than Houston because it’s a 45 days after which makes for a better run. Best SWAG and the Bling is unFREAKING believable Every time I don’t run this race I kick myself because they really step up the bling
I always suggest the 2 day challenge add a 5 or 10k warmup and then enjoy a great half/full/ultra
Most years they do a 3 year series so when you finish all three years the medals join together beautifully with some sort of plaque. The Series I did was 3 Spurs with a leather strap and each year they did a different color (Gold/Silver/Bronze) with a different style buckle (on the strap) as well as a different spur design.

DIFFICULTY
4
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
4
SWAG
5

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The Cowtown

The Cowtown

My watch recorded a PR 5K time of 27:09, course was slightly long at 3.16 miles, chip time 27:37. I was in top 10% on all categories! The shirt is … MORE

My watch recorded a PR 5K time of 27:09, course was slightly long at 3.16 miles, chip time 27:37. I was in top 10% on all categories! The shirt is a great design, but the 5K runners only get a plain cotton tee. 10K and up get various tech-tee styles, with similar artwork, in different colors depending on which race you run.

DIFFICULTY
3
PRODUCTION
5
SCENERY
3
SWAG
4

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