Overall Rating
Overall Rating (119 Reviews)
4.7
(119 Ratings) 🏆 (119 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.9
SCENERY
4.3
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.6
After making our triumphant return to our downtown course, Sports Backers is excited to continue to provide you the same superior race day experience that you’ve come to expect when you run Richmond! We pride ourselves on being able to not only organize a large-scale event, but to also make … MORE
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    lemonhead FIRST-TIMER '22

    Temporarily working in Richmond and found out about the race the night before and so I signed up for the Half Marathon. Had only 5 hours of sleep getting ready … MORE

    Temporarily working in Richmond and found out about the race the night before and so I signed up for the Half Marathon. Had only 5 hours of sleep getting ready for the race at the last minute. I was stressed race day trying to figure the layout of check in etc… expecting to give out at about 2 miles in. Did not train for the race and beat my anticipated goal (2:05:??) by 10 minutes . I also ran the race in my Vibrams toe runner shoes. Love them shoes. The temperature was nice and not to humid. I think it was to hot for some people, but being from the desert southwest, it was perfect for me. Staff were so helpful and friendly the Marathon lives up to it’s name of being America’s friendliest race as far as I can tell. Definitely hope to run the full marathon next year.

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    kbuck2 FIRST-TIMER '22

    It was warm (mid-70s) and humid this year, which made this a tough race. But the scenery along the river was beautiful. The volunteers at every aid station were amazing. … MORE

    It was warm (mid-70s) and humid this year, which made this a tough race. But the scenery along the river was beautiful. The volunteers at every aid station were amazing. Plenty of people handing out water and Nuun, so helpful and friendly and encouraging. Great course, wish I could have run it in seasonal weather but the volunteers along the way made a challenging day infinitely better.
    Love the fleece blanket and finisher hat. Post-race party/food left a lot to be desired. Otherwise a great race.

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    aubreynetzel FIRST-TIMER '22

    This race hit on all fronts! This year was particularly hot and humid which made it a bit more difficult, but so many runners, spectators, enthusiastic volunteers made it a … MORE

    This race hit on all fronts! This year was particularly hot and humid which made it a bit more difficult, but so many runners, spectators, enthusiastic volunteers made it a great experience. They have super cool swag including finisher items. Pizza and beer at the finish line. Gu on course as well as water and nuun at every aid station. They do have pace groups but only up until 230 for the half and 530 for the full, they definitely should work on expanding those. Generous course cut offs and encouraging all the way through to the last finishers!

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    kevinjm3 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Great course, pretty flat except for a few miles in the part. Lots of spectators were all very excited. Lots of people enjoying themselves, Richmond is a great city. Would … MORE

    Great course, pretty flat except for a few miles in the part. Lots of spectators were all very excited. Lots of people enjoying themselves, Richmond is a great city. Would run again!

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    HardRockMom FIRST-TIMER '22

    The course is fairly scenic for a city race. I did not find it too hilly or difficult. There was a lot of community support and I enjoyed seeing the … MORE

    The course is fairly scenic for a city race. I did not find it too hilly or difficult. There was a lot of community support and I enjoyed seeing the alcohol mile and junk food mile. My favorite was the pickle juice shot (no alcohol) at mile 10. The weather was unusually humid and I heard there was a water shortage at one of the stations (I also heard it was corrected promptly). Food at the end was good and so was the gingerbread stout! I would recommend some tents at the finish for inclement weather. Too many runners in need of shade were passing out/tossing cookies at the end

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    craig.gemmill REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I ran this for the second time after 14 years and this race is just as well organized and run as it was before. They had all sorts of aid … MORE

    I ran this for the second time after 14 years and this race is just as well organized and run as it was before. They had all sorts of aid stations along the way for everything you could want. The wave starts were well laid out and managed. The supporters were friendly. The after party was just the right vibe of excitement but not too much for tired runners. The only thing they couldn’t control was the weather, which was warm, but they had plenty of hydration and cooling options. Would recommend this to anyone thinking of trying a half or full marathon, as well as experienced runners. I didn’t do it, but there is also a training team that helps anyone progress toward and meet their race goal that I’ve heard great things about.
    Fantastic experience all around!

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    lsanabria REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Without the complications of the marathon majors, Richmond brings all the fun things that big marathons have. A well executed Expo, amazing race support, tons of spectators. The course is … MORE

    Without the complications of the marathon majors, Richmond brings all the fun things that big marathons have. A well executed Expo, amazing race support, tons of spectators. The course is fairly flat which makes it great for BQ/PRs. Weather wasn’t perfect this year but there’s nothing anyone can do about that one.

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    stephenhaggerty REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I have run this marathon twice, and loved it both times. It's very well organized, with crowd support throughout the entire course. This includes cheering sections, energy gels, medic tents, … MORE

    I have run this marathon twice, and loved it both times. It’s very well organized, with crowd support throughout the entire course. This includes cheering sections, energy gels, medic tents, running coaches (who were incredibly supportive, ran with me when I needed it most), and special stops like “junk food stops” and “pickle juice station.” Loved the medal, swag, and post race party as well. The course is beautiful as well! 10 out of 10, will be back.

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    kmayo6768 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The comrade of the community is great. Excellent cheering stations and the end is down hill. Sportsbackers but on great races. Richmond has great views and lots to do. MORE

    The comrade of the community is great. Excellent cheering stations and the end is down hill. Sportsbackers but on great races. Richmond has great views and lots to do.

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    jholive REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Flat-rolling course. Good on-course support. Usually a good amount of music. Lots of patrons watching for most of the course. Getting to start/finish isn't too troublesome. Fun race! MORE

    Flat-rolling course. Good on-course support. Usually a good amount of music. Lots of patrons watching for most of the course. Getting to start/finish isn’t too troublesome. Fun race!

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    shootingstar REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Flat course. Energetic crowd support. Course support was great in general (well staffed aid stations) but some little details like wet washcloths were gone when we came through. Great course … MORE

    Flat course. Energetic crowd support. Course support was great in general (well staffed aid stations) but some little details like wet washcloths were gone when we came through.
    Great course for a first marathon, a PR, or just another great race.

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    adambonney REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Having never been a runner, I decided to try something I never thought I would do. Train for a marathon..... I considered many races within a 200 mile radius from … MORE

    Having never been a runner, I decided to try something I never thought I would do. Train for a marathon….. I considered many races within a 200 mile radius from my home and eventually set my sights on the Allianz Partners Richmond Marathon. This was 4 years ago, and I am so glad I did. The scenery alone will keep me coming back, as it seems to have it all. There was a river side portion of the route along the beautiful James River, an incredible view of the city skyline while running across the bridge, gorgeous quaint neighborhoods, parks, and a perfect combination of small hills and flat stretches. The race is very well put together, very organized and the support along the entire route are nothing short of amazing. Pickle juice stops, party zones, live bands and DJ’s, junk food stops, and water stops every 2 miles. All this, coupled with amazing cheerleaders peppered throughout the entire course, makes the Richmond Virginia Marathon the friendliest marathon in the world, and I have made it a personal goal of mine to run it every year.

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    PDKAY REPEAT RUNNER '22

    I really love this race. It’s the third time that I have done it. The course is mostly flat except the last downhill at the end. There’s a variety of … MORE

    I really love this race. It’s the third time that I have done it. The course is mostly flat except the last downhill at the end. There’s a variety of scenery including a beautiful park or two. I had no trouble parking in one of the garages.

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    Bwootten REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Well organized, good crowd support and a scenic course. This year was warmer than most which presented an additional challenge. Overall, this is a great fall race and I plan … MORE

    Well organized, good crowd support and a scenic course. This year was warmer than most which presented an additional challenge. Overall, this is a great fall race and I plan on running it again.

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    juscoa1 FIRST-TIMER '22

    Race was straightforward. Ran through some pretty spots around Richmond. Was easily able to find parking the morning of and out exit was relatively easy. MORE

    Race was straightforward. Ran through some pretty spots around Richmond. Was easily able to find parking the morning of and out exit was relatively easy.

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    asmithovich FIRST-TIMER '22

    First time in Richmond and it was fantastic!!! Great crowd support, awesome swag, and a beautiful, interesting course. There are rolling hills but an amazing downhill finish to the water. … MORE

    First time in Richmond and it was fantastic!!! Great crowd support, awesome swag, and a beautiful, interesting course. There are rolling hills but an amazing downhill finish to the water. Unfortunately we have a bad heatwave so a lot harder than I expected and it slowed me down. Did it with a friend for fun and not time, so it worked out fine. We stayed downtown and walked from our VRBO to and from the race. Super easy!

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    erah710 REPEAT RUNNER '22

    The Richmond half marathon race is a runner friendly race. The health expo has a variety of vendors and merchandise. The process of getting your shirt and bib is simple … MORE

    The Richmond half marathon race is a runner friendly race. The health expo has a variety of vendors and merchandise. The process of getting your shirt and bib is simple and well marked.
    Due to the location of the race, race day parking is easily accessible and within walking distance of the start. There are a plethora of port a potties available for runners. The community support is strong in various parts of the course. Food, energy resources, bathrooms, water stations and medic tents are readily available to participants. The end of the race ends with a huge downhill which is very welcomed by mile 12.5!
    The afterparty on the island offers various food, drinks and merchandise. Volunteers are friendly and helpful. One of the highlights is the amount of race swag given to finishers: Shirt, huge medal, BLANKET AND hat!

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    rverghis REPEAT RUNNER '22

    This is a fun race where it feels like the whole city comes out to cheer. It has great energy, and the course is challenging but achievable. The race organizers … MORE

    This is a fun race where it feels like the whole city comes out to cheer. It has great energy, and the course is challenging but achievable. The race organizers do a great job with communication prior to the race, and there is always pretty awesome swag.

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    molockard REPEAT RUNNER '22

    Richmond locals and runners excitement from beginning to end makes this race one of a kind! This was my 3rd half and I will be signing up again next year…maybe … MORE

    Richmond locals and runners excitement from beginning to end makes this race one of a kind! This was my 3rd half and I will be signing up again next year…maybe the marathon!

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    axpfaia FIRST-TIMER '22

    Other than the surprising warm (65-75 degree) weather for November (2022), I'd say this race was nearly perfect. Once registered, the race team almost overcommunicated with emails to ensure we … MORE

    Other than the surprising warm (65-75 degree) weather for November (2022), I’d say this race was nearly perfect.

    Once registered, the race team almost overcommunicated with emails to ensure we knew all the necessary details. The expo was easy to get to and while not the largest I’ve ever attended, had a good selection of vendors (and a few nice giveaways). Parking ahead of the race was a bit more difficult than I think any of us planned, so arrive early!

    The course does have a few tricks up its sleeves, but overall is not that tough (weather notwithstanding) and was well supported. It would be nice for a few more gel spots on the marathon course and I didn’t understand why they held the pickle juice back to mile 23.

    The swag was pretty, with a thicker long sleeve shirt, a really nice medal, and even a finish blanket! The immediate after party was cool – a few drink options and free pizza along with some food for purchase. I do not know Richmond well, but it was also easy to get out once we finished partying.

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