Celebrating its 40th year!

A top Boston Marathon qualifying race

Race Day: November 11 2017

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It's our 40th birthday and you're invited to the party!

Entry fees rise on July 1st!

Sign up now for the 40th anniversary running of the Anthem Richmond Marathon on November 11, 2017

Disco is dead. Cotton running clothes are a thing of the past (thank goodness). Tube socks are out of style. A lot has changed about the Anthem Richmond Marathon over the past 40 years, but our dedication to offering you the best race experience possible remains the same.

Each of our scenic courses showcases some of our city’s favorite attributes. With street art and river views, historic architecture and beautiful parks, our race routes treat runners to a unique and unforgettable tour of RVA that ends with a grand finale finish line and post-race party on the riverfront!

During your race, you’ll also encounter live bands, DJs, spirit groups, and Party Zones that will offer plenty of encouragement and motivation. Need an extra burst of energy? We have you covered with junk food stops and wet wash cloths! Once you cross the finish line, you’ll be greeted by a well-earned celebration on Brown’s Island complete with pizza and a Sierra Nevada Beer on the house!

Take some time to revel in your accomplishment, but don’t let your Richmond experience end there. It’s our birthday, so let’s keep the party going! No matter if you’re a local or from out of town, there’s a whole city to explore!

Run Richmond once and you, too, will know why we’re “America’s Friendliest Marathon!”

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2017 Finisher MedalsDrumroll, please...here are the finisher medals!

Finisher cups to be revealed on June 26

Our medals are in and we couldn't be more excited to share them with you! To celebrate our 40th anniversary we knew we had to go big...so one lucky full marathon finisher will receive a medal with a real ruby embedded in it! Each medal will also have a commemorative 40th anniversary insignia on the back. We can't wait to hand these out at the finish line!

And follow our Facebook page for the big reveal on June 26 of the commemorative stainless steel cups that the finishers of all three races will receive!

2017 Marathon & Half Marathon finisher blanketFinisher blanket unveiled!

Medals and finisher cups to be revealed before end of June

Since its our 40th birthday, we thought a ruby red finisher blanket was the only way to go! We can't wait to see our full and half participants wrapped up in these on Brown's Island at our post-race party on November 11th!



Sports Backers Marathon Training TeamMarathon Training Team registration closes June 25

It's not too late to join the Team!

Need help preparing to run a marathon? Looking to make new friends while you train? Then look no further than the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team, designed to motivate and train individuals to run the Anthem Richmond Marathon. You’ll find yourself not just equipped with a detailed 23-week program, but a great crew of experienced coaches and inspirational teammates as well.

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Sports Backers Half Marathon Training TeamHalf Marathon Training Team begins August 5/6

It turns out one really is the loneliest number… especially when you’re training for a half marathon. So join up with other motivated runners as you embark on a 14-week program that prepares you for the Markel Richmond Half Marathon. Our training teams have an incredible corps of experienced coaches, as well as dedicated SAG support for those long weekend runs. Did we mention this might be the coolest way to meet people in Richmond? Okay, so we don’t have proof, but we can guarantee you’ll end up with a few more pals than you had before.

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Virtual Training Teams offered for full and half

Don't live in Richmond but need help preparing for 26.2 or 13.1? Try one of our Virtual Training Teams! Modeled after our award-winning Richmond-based programs, you’ll find yourself not just equipped with a detailed workout schedule for your chosen distance, but a great crew of experienced coaches to correspond with by email. One of our favorite perks? Race-day on-course support from our army of Sports Backers Training Team coaches and participants. So let our Virtual Marathon Training Teams help you achieve your goal…when you hit that final stretch on November 11th, you’ll be glad you didn’t go at it alone!

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Sign up for the Run Richmond Premium Package

You’re running Richmond!! Let us roll out the red carpet for you, and add that one-of-a-kind touch to your race experience. You’ve trained this hard, now it’s time to take it easy and run in style. The package includes:

  • Expedited Packet Pick Up at the Expo
  • Meet & Greet with special guests
  • Indoor Pre-Race hospitality near the start line
  • Access to the invite-only Party Area at the Finish Festival
  • Special Bag Check
  • Special parking near the start on race day
  • Shuttle back to the start area after the race
  • Exclusive finisher premium item

The cost for the Run Richmond Premium Package is $199 and can be added to your entry while registering online. A limited number of packages are being offered.

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