Overall Rating
Overall Rating (2 Reviews)
3.5
(2 Ratings)(2 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.5
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
3
SWAG
3
2020 EVENT RESCHEDULED. The Charlottesville Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 8K & Kids K is one of the oldest and most coveted races in Charlottesville. It has been defined as America’s Destination Marathon because of its scenic beauty and historical background. A true community event, the race showcases the area’s … MORE
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    emmruns FIRST-TIMER '18

    The Charlottesville Marathon and Half Marathon was a "destination" race for me and I ended up being a little bit bummed to have spent a weekend traveling for this race. … MORE

    The Charlottesville Marathon and Half Marathon was a “destination” race for me and I ended up being a little bit bummed to have spent a weekend traveling for this race. The website shows rave reviews from notable runners/running publications, but I have to wonder if those are from when the race was owned by a different company. While the route itself was very scenic most of the time, the race was poorly organized. For example, the expo didn’t have nearly enough volunteers, and there were no vendors there when I arrived (about 15 minutes after it opened). For the race, there were no corrals or pace groups, so it was confusing to know where to go at the start. On the course, the mile markers and directional signs were very small and easy to miss! Luckily, the course had very nice volunteers to point you in the right direction. With the exception of the friendly volunteers, I found the course support lacking, in that there wasn’t enough water set up at each aid station and there was only one aid station with bathrooms. The course was extremely hilly, but I knew that going in so I tried not to let that factor in to my review of the race! But really: don’t run this race if you don’t like hills!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    2
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    1

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    Katie_Ho Apr 29, 2018 at 1:43pm

    Emily, sorry to hear the race support didn't meet expectations, especially since you chose this as a destination race. On the bright side, congrats on conquering a tough course, and… MORE

    Emily, sorry to hear the race support didn't meet expectations, especially since you chose this as a destination race. On the bright side, congrats on conquering a tough course, and we appreciate your helpful review so other runners have a better sense for what to expect. Hope we can help you find your next destination race to make it a better experience! LESS

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    pkroon FIRST-TIMER '18

    For a flat-lander like me to come in and run a PR marathon when the whole course was a sequence of ups and downs, I'm still amazed. The scenery was … MORE

    For a flat-lander like me to come in and run a PR marathon when the whole course was a sequence of ups and downs, I’m still amazed. The scenery was very nice, although most of it was through neighborhoods–passing by some historic areas near downtown Charlottesville / UVA and other quiet streets out in the surrounding area. The marathon had several out-and-backs including one stretch along the Rivanna River trail. This meant there was a huge climb for all of mile 24 to get back to the elevation of the start/finish line.

    The race was well-organized and the people were friendly. One of the runners I met at the start (a local police officer) told my mom of a heated lobby nearby where she could wait comfortably for me to return. It was a cold drizzly day, so this made her spectating experience much more enjoyable. (In case you’re wondering, it was the local police station!)

    Afterwards, the post-race food provided by the race and vendors was delicious. It was nice to have something cold to drink and warm to eat while waiting for the award ceremony. The finisher’s medal was big, and the age group winners got a choice of a pint or shot glass and a certificate.

    This race billed itself as America’s Destination Marathon, but to me it felt more like a mid-size town just putting on a big annual event. Make no mistake, it was very good and I am glad to have done it. Just be ready for those hills!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 25, 2018 at 1:12pm

    Congrats on the PR, Peter! Now we need to get you on a slight downhill course and see what you can do. :) Charlottesville is a cool college town, so… MORE

    Congrats on the PR, Peter! Now we need to get you on a slight downhill course and see what you can do. :) Charlottesville is a cool college town, so it's good to know they do a good job with their marathon as well. Thanks for another great review! LESS

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