Overall Rating
Overall Rating (12 Reviews)
4.3
(12 Ratings)(12 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.8
SCENERY
3.9
PRODUCTION
4.5
SWAG
3.8
The Marine Corps Historic Half is perfectly situated halfway between the capital of the Commonwealth in Richmond and the nation’s capital. The hugely popular Marine Corps Historic Half has made historic Fredericksburg a fashionable spring weekend getaway. The scenic course tours colonial sites and the quaint downtown before scaling the … MORE
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    jenkau REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I did the 5-miler this year so that I could run the race with my mother and recover from a marathon but I have run the half marathon distance in … MORE

    I did the 5-miler this year so that I could run the race with my mother and recover from a marathon but I have run the half marathon distance in the past. I really enjoy this race but I may be biased as Fredericksburg is my hometown. The marines being there always adds an extra element of encouragement. They are so great and enthusiastic. The course is nice because it is mostly flat/downhill with the exception of the infamous hospital hill + Cowan Blvd hill, but I like the challenge that it gives, knowing that the hills are all within a concentrated 1.5 miles. If anything, I always find the weather to be more challenging than the hills. Race day can often be hot and, even worse, humid! The medals are always pretty sweet and presented to you by the marines. Overall, I try to run this race whenever I can. It gives a great hometown feel and is a nice tour of a historic city!

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    4
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    3
    SCENERY
    2
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    3

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    lukej110 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This one is tough because the course is flat/downhill overall until Mile 10.5 and then the next 1.5 miles have a big elevation increase, last mile is flat. Be prepared … MORE

    This one is tough because the course is flat/downhill overall until Mile 10.5 and then the next 1.5 miles have a big elevation increase, last mile is flat. Be prepared energy-wise, I hit a “wall.” It was also humid.

    I thought it was really well organized and the city seemed to really be invested in it, and I felt very welcomed.

    The only downside I had was that I had to pick up my bib/packet the day before (or two days before) as well. I didn’t realize this until about a week before. I live in DC, so it meant an additional trip.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    dmz139 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Challenging hills (Hospital Hill and Cowan Blvd), fun downtown areas, organized very well by Marine Corps Marathon organization. Great expo with lots of vendors. Historic Fredericksburg provides visitors with a … MORE

    Challenging hills (Hospital Hill and Cowan Blvd), fun downtown areas, organized very well by Marine Corps Marathon organization. Great expo with lots of vendors. Historic Fredericksburg provides visitors with a fun experience for the weekend.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    Peter FIRST-TIMER '10

    A few hills, but nice run through the historic area of Fredericksberg, CA. Nice use of local Marines at the end of the race. Expo and swag were ok. Would … MORE

    A few hills, but nice run through the historic area of Fredericksberg, CA. Nice use of local Marines at the end of the race. Expo and swag were ok. Would do it again.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    3
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    MissPatRuns FIRST-TIMER '18

    I just started running 5k's last year and came across the Marine Corps events, so I decided I would do them this year and try for the distinguished participant medal. … MORE

    I just started running 5k’s last year and came across the Marine Corps events, so I decided I would do them this year and try for the distinguished participant medal. This is the first event that you have to run of 4 to get the medal. I loved this race! I was in it to finish and was running on a bad knee, so I was no speed demon, but did keep the 14 min per mile required (4 hr completion). The event is very well organized and the expo was nice. They do a security check to get in, so that can slow things a bit if you go during a busy time. Parking at the expo and the run were pretty easy and there was plenty of it.

    The course was interesting and I took photos along the way. Yes, there is much talk about Hospital Hill and another hill after it, but I rated this a 3 difficulty because it really was not as bad as I thought, maybe because I hyped it up in my head, but with my knee, I did not find it too bad. They say it’s like climbing 10 stories. I loved the apps that they promote with the run, one is within the Historic Half app where it will tell you interesting information at various points of interest along the way and the other allows you and your supporters to record motivating messages that will play at designated points along the run. It was pretty close given the not always accurate gps on the phone. I am so glad that I picked up a battery case for my phone so that I had plenty of battery time for the apps, my interval app, and pictures. The support along the route was amazing! You go through an area with beautiful newer homes and then a more historic looking residential area and downtown area. It’s awesome and the people are out either with lawn chairs watching or offering clapping, cheers, signs, even speakers out pumping music. One person had the Rocky them playing on one of the hills. The race itself had a few bands along the way. They had plenty of water stations and porta -potties. There was even one point where they gave out energy beans, which was great, and another with gummy bears, which wasn’t so great to me. I don’t eat gummy bears anyway, but I found that I had to dodge dropped candy so as not to make a sticky mess of my shoes.

    At the end, Marines put your medal on your neck and congratulate you. There is beer, fruit cups, water, bananas, stretching and massages at the end. I will give my beer ticket away next time because I realized that no amount of running and heat (one of our only hot days this spring so far) makes me like beer…lol! I loved that as I was returning to my car and some of the last runners were coming in, the Marines went to meet them and encourage them on to the finish. I would definitely do this race again and hope that I would be in better shape physically because otherwise everything was pretty perfect.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    emmruns FIRST-TIMER '18

    Great race put on by a great organization! Pros: ample amount of support staff/volunteers at the expo/start line/finish line, the spectator shuttle that took families out to Mile 7, the … MORE

    Great race put on by a great organization!
    Pros: ample amount of support staff/volunteers at the expo/start line/finish line, the spectator shuttle that took families out to Mile 7, the beautiful scenery, the great amount of parking on Race Day made it easy to get where you needed to go, beautiful medal
    Cons: not enough water stops along the course

    Overall, this was a great experience! I would recommend more water tables next year, especially considering how hot it can get in late May. I know a lot of us were struggling with the lack of water on the course. Definitely train for hills for this race.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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    jmskafidas REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Fredericksburg, VA was my adopted home, so this race will always be meaningful to me! It incorporated portions of my daily running route, but heighten the experience with great meaning … MORE

    Fredericksburg, VA was my adopted home, so this race will always be meaningful to me! It incorporated portions of my daily running route, but heighten the experience with great meaning by representing those who protect our country throughout the course. You run along portions of the local canal trial and are swept through the street of downtown Freddy. You’ll forget how difficult it just was to ascend hospital hill, and instead are filled with an overwhelming feeling of pride for your country when you run under the massive American flag just before the finish line. I’d highly recommend this race!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    The Marine Corps Historic Half is held in May in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The course starts and finishes near the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, which is at the end of … MORE

    The Marine Corps Historic Half is held in May in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The course starts and finishes near the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center, which is at the end of a large shopping area (think about a 2 mile drive past several retail complexes) so there is more then ample parking, but expect backups and delays getting there and leaving, so give yourself plenty of time to get to the race site. Many people delay their departure by going for lunch at one of the 20+ nearby restaurants. There are also shuttles provided from several nearby hotels for both participants and spectators.

    The course takes you by several historic landmarks and local sites such as Mary Washington College, Sunken Road (a famous Confederate stronghold during the Civil War), Kenmore Plantation, and downtown Fredericksburg. Almost all roads are closed to traffic, and there is ample police support (and the Marines) to help participants through intersections. The race has a large number of spectators throughout the course.

    Preparing for hills is an absolute must on this course. There are several areas with rolling hills or long uphill or downhill stretches, especially the infamous Hospital Hill. That hill runs between mile 10 and 11 and is a long, steep, uphill climb that challenges all participants. Also, expect anything for the temperature- you can have heat and humidity, or cool rain- it changes year to year.

    The race has a self-seeded corral start, and a generous walker-friendly time limit. The Marines wait for the last person to finish, and will march in with that person- an awesome site to watch if you are still in the area.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    palmerjw1 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    This is a home town race for me, so I am thrilled to run it every year! Great course, scenic and tough, great people on course, lots of fun! MORE

    This is a home town race for me, so I am thrilled to run it every year! Great course, scenic and tough, great people on course, lots of fun!

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    3

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    Hootie2257 FIRST-TIMER '11

    The MCM always puts on great races. My best friend and I ran this race for the first time in 2011 and LOVED it. Not only for the military personnel … MORE

    The MCM always puts on great races. My best friend and I ran this race for the first time in 2011 and LOVED it. Not only for the military personnel helping but for the large crowds that are drawn to cheer everyone on. The course is ALWAYS challenging with 2 large hills.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    Hootie2257 REPEAT RUNNER '15

    I will always run at least 1 MCM race a year. They are well put together, the crowds are wonderful and huge, and the proceeds go to the military. I'm … MORE

    I will always run at least 1 MCM race a year. They are well put together, the crowds are wonderful and huge, and the proceeds go to the military. I’m starting to run more and more races in which my money goes towards a worthy cause. The military is my #1 go-to donation. The swag is always top notch.

    DIFFICULTY
    2
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '12

    Although the Marine Corps Marathon is its bigger, more famous event, the Historic Half ... well, the Historic Half simply exists. It's a spring half marathon held yearly in Fredericksburg, … MORE

    Although the Marine Corps Marathon is its bigger, more famous event, the Historic Half … well, the Historic Half simply exists. It’s a spring half marathon held yearly in Fredericksburg, Virginia, and the course runs through neighborhoods, next to commercial strips, and through a hospital. The start is officiated by marines and many of the volunteers helped out in fatigues. There were also actors dressed in colonial garb entertaining runners as they cut through historic, downtown Fredericksburg. But aside from that, it could have been any other race held in any other small town. I did enjoy the race and I ran a fast time, but aside from that, I wouldn’t travel far for it.

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    2
    PRODUCTION
    4
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    2
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    3

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