Overall Rating
Overall Rating (49 Reviews)
4.7
(49 Ratings)(49 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
2.9
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4.2
PRODUCTION
4.6
SWAG
4.7
A lot has changed about the VCU Health Richmond Marathon over the past 44 years, but our dedication to offering you the best race experience possible remains the same. No matter which distance you choose, when you run Richmond, you’ll receive VIP treatment! With thousands of volunteers and spectators encouraging … MORE
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    brbender262 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Extremely friendly people and well organized race. The race swag was excellent! Additionally, the downhill finish helped me get a PR. Great job Richmond! MORE

    Extremely friendly people and well organized race. The race swag was excellent! Additionally, the downhill finish helped me get a PR. Great job Richmond!

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    FearTheTurtle REPEAT RUNNER '19

    I have run the Richmond Marathon 4 times and would highly recommend it. Since the course runs through multiple neighborhoods, you have great crowd support. Be on the lookout for … MORE

    I have run the Richmond Marathon 4 times and would highly recommend it. Since the course runs through multiple neighborhoods, you have great crowd support. Be on the lookout for some people giving out beer and whiskey to the runners. They have used Nuun instead of Gatorade at water stops which instantly makes this a better race 🙂 My favorite part is the big downhill finish the last .5 miles! One warning: be prepared for a chilly start. Since the race takes place the 2nd week of November, it can be quite cold. I’ve run where I was in short sleeves and I’ve run where I still had a cap and gloves on at the finish. Great after party.

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    dbrown FIRST-TIMER '20

    After having several races canceled I was just glad that Richmond pulled this off. Under the circumstances they did a great job. This got moved from the downtown route to … MORE

    After having several races canceled I was just glad that Richmond pulled this off. Under the circumstances they did a great job. This got moved from the downtown route to Eastern Henrico. It started in a park, required crossing the road at a few points and watching for oncoming cars, but after mile 4 you just stayed on the paved Capitol trail for the next 8 and then returned-keeping an eye out for bikers. No fans, no music, stretches of miles where you at most saw a runner or two-not the same experience, but still well done. Mile.markers were clear, route was scenic,water stops were much quicker than expected, swag was excellent. Nice medal, awesome tech shirt-white was a good choice for the color, and marathon blanket. Check in was easy. The course was even hillier than expected. The first 14 miles I was on pace to have a sub 4 time and then the hills got to me. Miles 5-8 were rolling hills at first, but each succeeding hill got worse. At mile 15 I hit the wall. The last 11 was pure will power to complete the race without stopping..Still, the marathon did a great job running this during the pandemic and I was grateful for the opportunity

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    corey10920 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Great crowd support and beautiful course as you run through Richmond, along Monument Avenue, running besides the James River and finishing on a downhill back in the city at Browns … MORE

    Great crowd support and beautiful course as you run through Richmond, along Monument Avenue, running besides the James River and finishing on a downhill back in the city at Browns Island on the James. Crossing the bridge around mile 16 can be windy and the start can be cold but you will receive at the finish which includes a blanket.

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    Kaitlyn FIRST-TIMER '19

    This race is so well organized and the support from locals is unbelievable! I'd say it's not really as flat as it's advertised; I was expecting a flat/fast course but … MORE

    This race is so well organized and the support from locals is unbelievable! I’d say it’s not really as flat as it’s advertised; I was expecting a flat/fast course but it was definitely more of a rolling hills type of course. I breezed right through the first half, on track to finish in under 4 hours but the bridge at mile 15 really killed my momentum and by mile 20, I knew sub 4 was not in the cards. I still managed to snag an 8 minute PR and the downhill finish seriously had me on cloud nine.

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    MattyIce FIRST-TIMER '18

    My first ever marathon. I did horribly, but finished. Very scenic and well organized. Weather was lovely and cooperative. It was easy to get to the race and a lot … MORE

    My first ever marathon. I did horribly, but finished. Very scenic and well organized. Weather was lovely and cooperative. It was easy to get to the race and a lot of work clearly went into the post-race activities and hospitality. Couldn’t have asked for a better introduction race for marathoning.

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    genobono FIRST-TIMER '19

    Uphill at mile 15 into the wind was tough! Great support along the route from official volunteers to neighborhood folks. Finish area was a nice zone. MORE

    Uphill at mile 15 into the wind was tough! Great support along the route from official volunteers to neighborhood folks. Finish area was a nice zone.

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    lbrown73 FIRST-TIMER '19

    There were aid stations every 2 miles for the first half then every mile after that. I did the half and loved every minute of it. The organization was perfect. … MORE

    There were aid stations every 2 miles for the first half then every mile after that. I did the half and loved every minute of it. The organization was perfect. Communication via email and website was great. I loved how they even had the names of what parking decks to park if you wanted to be by the start or by the finish. I loved the diagrams on their website and in the PDF race book they sent us a few weeks before. The pickle juice was different and I found I loved it! I do think it helped! The course is pretty flat and took us through a bunch of different neighborhoods and parks. There was plenty of crowd support but I never felt like it was crazy busy or crowded. All in all a great race that I would do again!

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    sdalessio FIRST-TIMER '19

    This was a well-run race from packet pick up/expo through the finishers area. There were aid stations every 2 miles and the race lived up to its "junk" food rep … MORE

    This was a well-run race from packet pick up/expo through the finishers area. There were aid stations every 2 miles and the race lived up to its “junk” food rep without being over the top. The course wound its way through many different parts of the city including some very pretty parts down by the James River. Lots of tailgaters and other folks out supporting the runners. Nice swag and finishing food. It is also a nice race for spectators. Fairly easy to navigate around the city to different spots and a great place to meet up and get food at the end on Brown’s Island. The course is fairly flat with a few minor hills and a nice downhill finish that is not too hard on tired legs. Great first timers race and a great place to PR.

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    erobin3383 FIRST-TIMER '19

    This is a beautiful course with lots of support- aid stations every 2 miles anyone? Music and crowd support also great. Pickle juice and junk food stops for those that … MORE

    This is a beautiful course with lots of support- aid stations every 2 miles anyone? Music and crowd support also great. Pickle juice and junk food stops for those that want them. The downhill finish can be a bit scary depending on the effort you’ve put out throughout the race. I’d recommend this race to anyone!

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    carlburgdorf FIRST-TIMER '19

    It was my first marathon and a great choice. Good production, organization, swag, scenery, and friendly folks along the way. Not hilly. You might have to deal with some wind … MORE

    It was my first marathon and a great choice. Good production, organization, swag, scenery, and friendly folks along the way. Not hilly. You might have to deal with some wind crossing the bridge at mile 15, but hey you’ll make it and finish like a boss.

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    KCassell20 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Overall, I enjoyed this marathon. With as many runners as there were, minus the start, there always seemed to be adequate space on the course so you didn't feel like … MORE

    Overall, I enjoyed this marathon. With as many runners as there were, minus the start, there always seemed to be adequate space on the course so you didn’t feel like you were having to dodge other runners. I really enjoyed the section of the marathon course that ran along the river away from town.
    The water stations were well supported and well stocked. A few times they did get a little crowded with runners stopping to walk and volunteers on both sides of the course at the same spot but overall, I would rate them positively. Having the pickle juice at one water stop was great but I wish it would have been at another one as well. If it was, I missed it completely.
    The bridge crossing during mile 15 was brutal due to the high winds but on a non-windy day, I’m sure this could be a highlight of the race due to the scenery.
    I absolutely loved the finish due to the good crowd support and then flying down hill to the finish line. The race swag was okay. Blankets and hats were nice but everything I received said “half marathon” and seemed relatively cheaply made but still nice to have something.
    Again the finish area / post-race party would have been great (great location, refreshments, etc.) but on a windy, cool day, I was freezing within a short time and could not stay out in the cold much longer. On a nice day though, it’s a great spot for post race activities.
    I also appreciated the tour of Richmond.

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    sara.psu08 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Very easy to get to the start. The finish area had all the good stuff! The swag was amazing! The medal, the blanket, the hat, the shirt....all top notch! The … MORE

    Very easy to get to the start. The finish area had all the good stuff! The swag was amazing! The medal, the blanket, the hat, the shirt….all top notch! The spectators were fantastic! The volunteers were wonderful! While the course had a bit more elevation that I was expecting, I thought the course was beautiful and I would definitely run it again. The strong winds that day made it a bit more challenging however.

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    dpeek123 FIRST-TIMER '19

    Great aid stations. Well organized. Crowd support was nice, but not significantly better than Raleigh City of Oaks race. The race expo had great options. The course was relatively flat … MORE

    Great aid stations. Well organized. Crowd support was nice, but not significantly better than Raleigh City of Oaks race. The race expo had great options. The course was relatively flat with only a few hills. That downhill finish was AWESOME!

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    mlrjwetzel REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Cold and windy - still accomplished a personal best! The spectators were awesome and had silly signs that made me laugh during the race. The cheering was amazing and really … MORE

    Cold and windy – still accomplished a personal best! The spectators were awesome and had silly signs that made me laugh during the race. The cheering was amazing and really kept me going.

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    LSWJohnson REPEAT RUNNER '19

    Beautiful course that helped you forget how long you are running. The roads were full of potholes and uneven parts. I did trip and fall over a pothole during mile … MORE

    Beautiful course that helped you forget how long you are running. The roads were full of potholes and uneven parts. I did trip and fall over a pothole during mile 2 and at that point I knew I wasn’t going to get a shiny new PR. So, I decided to enjoy the race and everything that went along with it. The crowd was so friendly, nice, and wanting to help. I liked when we ran through the college areas because houses were tailgating outside and offering food & beer along with very loud encouragements. I enjoyed the coaches who ran the course and gave a friendly word of encouragement every time I came across one; even though I am not on their team for coaching. I enjoyed the atmosphere and the swag. I loved at the end of the race how we got finisher fleece blankets and hats. I can say that I would highly recommend this race and the swag was great!

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    vcuheel05 FIRST-TIMER '19

    I ran the half last year and signed up for this full the next day. The weather was a good temperature and dry, but very windy. You cross two long … MORE

    I ran the half last year and signed up for this full the next day. The weather was a good temperature and dry, but very windy. You cross two long bridges around miles 7 and 17 and the wind was blowing directly in my face on both. The course is deceptively hilly but has a downhill finish the last .3 mile. I finished about 40 minutes slower than my PR, but that is mostly due to inconsistent training over the summer. Proud to say that the hometown race lives up to the World’s Friendliest Marathon moniker.

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    kim REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Beautiful city to run through with history all around you. Large number participants make this feel like a party and there are plenty of spectators to cheer you on. Ending … MORE

    Beautiful city to run through with history all around you. Large number participants make this feel like a party and there are plenty of spectators to cheer you on. Ending at Brown’s Island offers some of the best views of the James River and the City.

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    dbonestroo Aug 30, 2021 at 8:17am

    Thank you for the 8K review! I plan on running the 8K race on November 13, 2021 and I am hoping you can tell me if I am reading the… MORE

    Thank you for the 8K review! I plan on running the 8K race on November 13, 2021 and I am hoping you can tell me if I am reading the elevation map correctly. It appears that the first 3 miles are relatively flat and then there is a long decline to the end; with a fairly steep 1/4 mile section from 4.25 miles to 4.5 miles. Sound accurate? Thank you!! LESS

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    janinab75 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    RVA puts on a great race. It’s well organized, community support is awesome, the course is well planned and it’s pretty challenging in areas, especially through the park. The downhill … MORE

    RVA puts on a great race. It’s well organized, community support is awesome, the course is well planned and it’s pretty challenging in areas, especially through the park. The downhill finish down 5th street is fun if you know what’s coming.

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    dbrown REPEAT RUNNER '18

    The half marathon and marathon by Richmond is on par with the Va Beach Shamrock as two of the best organized races that I have done. Expo was fine, tons … MORE

    The half marathon and marathon by Richmond is on par with the Va Beach Shamrock as two of the best organized races that I have done. Expo was fine, tons of support from the crowd at beginning and through the Bellevue neighborhood. Largely flat other than the hills in Bryan Park. The hills really aren’t that bad. More of a problem at this juncture is that roughly a mile before the park and definitely in the park it becomes extremely congested. Hard to pass at this point some of the stragglers who overestimated their time. Either get out in front early or make up some of your time ince you exit the park. Course ends with an extreme downhill run for the last half mile. Some do not like this, but I definitely like the downhill run to end the race. When you cross you receive a blanket, runners cap, and medal. Tech shirt was ok as well so swag overall is well done. There is enough basic food and water at the end. Parking can be a bit iffy so arrive early-about two hours early. There are shuttle bases to take you to your vehicle, but I have never used them. I walk back 4-5 blocks to my car. Temp can vary at this time of year. This year it was perfect running weather, but previous year was cold as heck (car door lock was frozen when I got back from the race.

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