Event Information for Spectators:
Follow your Participant's Progress Electronically
We offer live splits and text/email alerts for all event participants and will provide 6.2, 13.1, and 20‑mile splits for marathoners, 10k splits for half marathoners, and finish results for all three races. To sign up for a Runner Alert, click here.
Friends or relatives wanting to spectate along the course will want to visit our special Party Zones at miles 7, 13 and 19 on the marathon course and mile 7 on the half marathon course. Each location will feature music, refreshments, giveaways, and an on-air personality. These Party Zones will serve as a hub for spectators to show their support and enthusiasm. For a complete list of locations and directions, click here.
Music Along the Course
Live musical acts will be playing along the course to help inspire and motivate participants. To see who will be playing at the Finish Line Festival and for a full list of bands scheduled to play along the course, click here.
Community Spirit Challenge
The VCU Health Richmond Marathon has created the Community Spirit Challenge to boost entertainment and excitement along the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, American Family Fitness Half Marathon, and VCU Health 8k courses. Prizes of up to $500 will be awarded based on originality, theme, decorations, crowd size, and spirit. The Community Spirit Challenge will also provide groups with up to $250 to cover the cost of hosting their party to cheer on the runners. For details or to register your group, click here.
Runner Arrival Schedule
Want to know when to expect runners at a certain point along the marathon course? Print out our Pace Charts that show you when participants with the most common predicted times will be arriving at each mile mark.
The Post-Race Celebration will take place on Brown's Island, adjacent to the finish line. Along with Post Race food for the participants, bands and street performers, children’s activities will take place. Be sure to bring your friends and family to celebrate the runners' accomplishments!
Parking & Road Closures
Get Directions to the Party Zones »
View a list of road closings and traffic pattern changes for Race Day »
Race Day Parking
Race Day Parking
With over 90 parking decks and lots in the downtown area, there is plenty of parking available on Race Day. The Start & Finish lines are located only eight blocks apart. It is recommended that 8k runners park near the start to allow for more parking near the finish for marathoners and half marathoners. Here is a partial listing of the parking decks/lots open and offering special rates on Race Day (click here to download an accompanying map of downtown):
Parking Near the Start (recommended for 8k entrants)
- 2nd & Franklin
- 3rd & Marshall
- 5th & Marshall
- 7th & Marshall
- 8th & Marshall (surface lot)
- 5th & Broad (surface lot)
- 8th & Grace/Franklin
Parking Near the Finish
- RMA Expressway Deck (10th & Canal)
- James Center (10th & Canal)
- 3rd & Main (surface lot)
- 4th & Main
- 4th & Cary (surface lot)
- 8th & Main
- 8th & Cary
- 12th & Canal
- 14th & Cary
- 15th & Cary
- Virginia & Canal
Race Day Vehicular Traffic Pattern Changes
To view a list of traffic pattern changes for Race Day, click here.
Start Area Map
For a map of the start area, click here.
Finish Area Map
For a map of the finish line area, click here.