American Family Fitness Half Marathon

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Great amenities, like finisher medals and technical running shirts for all participants. Friendly and courteous volunteers who treat you like more than just a bib number. Even an online registration system that doesn’t hit you with extra fees to sign up.

Make sure you’re a part of the fun by signing up for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon. The half marathon features a tour of some of Richmond’s most beautiful and historic neighborhoods and is perfect for runners and walkers of all abilities who want to be a part of a great running event. The same first-class service that makes us “America’s Friendliest Marathon” elevates the American Family Fitness Half Marathon to a premier experience for all participants.

From packet pick-up through the post-race celebration, you’ll be greeted with smiles and encouragement by race staff, volunteers, and spectators. Enjoy the musical performers and spirit groups along the course and be sure to leave plenty of time for the great Finish Line Festival on Brown's Island. Be a part of Richmond’s most prestigious running event. Register today!


Along with VIP Treatment, All Half Marathon Participants Receive...

Every participant receives an official long sleeve technical race shirt, a custom medal and fleece finisher blanket at the finish line, and is admitted to a special post-race celebration with plenty of free food, drink, and lots of smiles and pats on the back. Finishers can redeem a free certificate to recognize and commemorate their accomplishment. The half marathon course also each features energy gel, junk food stops (for that extra burst of energy in the waning miles), and wet washcloths. Water stops are positioned at the start and at eight other locations. Diamond Springs water and Mountain Blast POWERade (the blue stuff) are available at every water stop on the race course. Assorted flavors (vanilla, chocolate & citrus orange) of Accel Gel are available at Mile 8 of the half marathon. Port-o-johns are stationed at the Start/Finish and adjacent to every water stop. Medical attention is available along the course.

Starting Waves

Due to the size of the race, the American Family Fitness Half Marathon utilizes wave starts. Participants start in equal size waves with others of the same general speed based on the predicted time indicated on their entry forms.*

*Racing wheelchair participants, please email Kristen Lessig at Sportable to coordinate your starting wave position.

4-Hour Course Time Limit

All participants must be able to finish the half marathon in 4 hours. In order to do so, you will need to maintain a 18:19 per mile pace or you will be asked to move to the sidewalk to enable the reopening of the streets to vehicular traffic. At that time, there will no longer be traffic protection, medical aid or water stops offered.

2014 Race Schedule 

Thursday, November 13

  • 5 - 9 p.m. Health & Fitness Expo at the Arthur Ashe Center: Packet pick-up, Expo and walk-up registration

Friday, November 14

  • 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Health & Fitness Expo at the Arthur Ashe Center: Packet pick-up, Expo and walk-up registration
  • 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Marathon Course Bus Tours (reservation required)

Saturday, November 15

  • 7 a.m. 8k start
  • 7:30 a.m. Half Marathon start
  • 7:50 a.m. Marathon start
  • 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Post-race celebration at Finish Line
  • 3 p.m. Marathon course closes

Health & Fitness Expo/Packet and Shirt Pick-up

Packet pick-up will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo held at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center on Thursday, November 13 from 5 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, November 14 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

3001A N. Boulevard
Richmond, Virginia 23230

THERE IS NO RACE DAY PACKET PICK UP! A photo ID is required to pick up your race packet. You may pick up a race packet for another pre-registered runner, provided you have a copy of their photo ID.

Have your bib number and shirt mailed to you!

Can’t make it to the expo to pick up your packet? We offer the option of paying to have your bib number and shirt mailed to you! The cost is $25 per person and the deadline to take advantage of this option is September 30, 2014. This option is only available when you register online.




1 $1,000
2 $500
3 $250
4 $150
5 $100

 Overall awards are determined by clock time; age group awards by chip time.  Cash awards go to the top five overall finishers, male and female. Additional awards will be presented to the top five in all age groups in all races. Age groups are: 9 & under*, 10-14*, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70-74 and 75 & up. (*8k only)

The Awards Ceremony for overall winners in each race will take place in the finish line area immediately after they have all completed the race.  Age group winners in all 3 races will be mailed their personalized awards after the race.

Sports Backers Half Marathon Training Team

The Sports Backers offer a Half Marathon Training Team to train for the American Family Fitness Half Marathon. The 14-week program will begin on August 9. Get More Information »

Pace Teams

The Richmond Road Runners Club is proud to offer this complimentary services to all Half Marathon participants. Pace Teams will be available to help you reach your time goal. For Pace Team info and registration, click here.


Race Day Bag Check

UPS trucks will be on site at the Starting Line to collect your bags and then take them to the Finish.  Clearly mark your bag with your name and race number.


Race Rules

  • Entry fees are non-refundable; race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. No exceptions. If you are already signed up for one race and want to switch to another and assuming the race you want to switch into has not reached capacity, you may do so online through September 30 or in person at the Race Expo. There is a $10 fee to do so, along with any applicable entry fee difference. You may also wish to click one of the following links for information about:
  • This race is conducted under the rules of USATF and the Road Runners Club of America.
  • In consideration of the safety of all participants, NO HAND CYCLES, STROLLERS, BABY JOGGERS, BABIES IN CARRIERS/BACKPACKS, IN-LINE SKATES, SKATEBOARDS, BICYCLES OR ANIMALS ON LEASHES will be allowed on the course. This will be strictly enforced.
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