Celebrating its 42nd year!

A top Boston Marathon qualifying race

Race Day: November 16 2019
 

Apply to be an Elite Athlete!

If you would like to enter the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Markel Richmond Half Marathon or Richmond 8k as an elite athlete, please fill out this application and return it, along with a running resume, to the elite athlete coordinator, Thom Suddeth at [email protected]

Prize Money

Marathon Half Marathon 8k
Place Prize Place Prize Place Prize
1 $2,500 1 $1,000 1 $1,000
2 $1,500 2 $500 2 $500
3 $750 3 $250 3 $250
4 $500 4 $150 4 $150
5 $250 5 $100 5 $100

Eligibility

To be eligible for elite entry or prize purse at the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Markel Richmond Half Marathon and Richmond 8k, an athlete must:

  • Not be currently serving a suspension for use of a banned substance
  • Not have ever served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs
  • Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who have had 2 or more athletes receive such suspensions in the previous 4 years
  • Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who ever served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs during their own athletic career
  • Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9, W-8ECI or W-8BEN)

Course Records

Double your money! Bonuses are offered for course records for both male and female athletes.

  • $2,500 bonus for VCU Health Richmond Marathon course records
  • $1,000 bonus for Markel Richmond Half Marathon course records
  • $1,000 bonus for Richmond 8k course records

Bonus Money for Fast Marathon Times

Bonuses of $500 will be awarded marathoners that finish under a certain time.

  • Male – 2:20
  • Female – 2:46

Travel & Accommodations

  • There is no available travel and accommodations for the Markel Richmond Half Marathon and Richmond 8k.
  • We have limited travel and accommodation for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon

Requirements to be considered for free entry*

  Male Female
Richmond 8k < 0:24:30 < 0:27:30
Markel Richmond Half Marathon < 1:10:00 < 1:22:00
VCU Health Richmond Marathon < 2:25:00 < 2:50:00

*All times must have been run in the last 18 months
*Comparable times from other distances are considered

Richmond-Area Marathon Championship

The VCU Health Richmond Marathon is awarding the top local finishers with cash prizes! Any current resident of the Richmond-Petersburg MSA is eligible to win prize money for being the first Richmond resident to cross the finish line at the VCU Health Richmond Marathon. Prize money will be awarded to the top three males and females as follows:

Place Amount
1................................$500
2................................$300
3................................$100

Please note: Plaques will be awarded to the top three local male and female finishers in the Markel Richmond Half Marathon and Richmond 8k. Richmond-Area Marathon Championship prize money and plaques will be mailed after the event.

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