Celebrating its 42nd year!

A top Boston Marathon qualifying race

Race Day: November 16 2019

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Come experience the Richmond 8k. It's 5 miles of smiles! Walkers welcome!


The Richmond 8k 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 Richmond 8k 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.

Along with VIP Treatment, All 8k Participants Receive...

Every 8k runner receives a special technical race shirt along with a medal 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.

Water stops will be positioned at the start and at two other locations. Diamond Springs water and POWERade will be available at water stops on the race course.  Port-o-johns will be stationed at the Start/Finish and adjacent to every water stop. Medical attention is available along the course.

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.

Race morning will begin in your own private area where you’ll enjoy light breakfast items and coffee, private gear check and private restrooms. After the race, celebrate with a catered brunch, celebratory champagne, massage, and more! Go ahead, you deserve it!

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. Check out the details.

Start Line

The Richmond 8k begins at 8th & Broad Streets in downtown Richmond, on block north of the start line for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon.

Starting Corrals

Participants in the 8k will be corralled for the start based on predicted times listed on their completed entry form. The 8k begins at 7 a.m. sharp.

*Racing wheelchair participants, please email Sportable to coordinate your starting corral position.

Predicted Times
49 minutes & under
:50 - :59
 1 hour - 1:10
1:11 & over

Course Support

Diamond Springs water and POWERade are offered at Miles 2 and 4 on the 8k course, as well as at the finish. Water is also available at the start. Port-o-johns are located at the start, Miles 2 & 4, and at the finish.


Place Prize
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. 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. Age group winners will receive their personalized awards by mail after the race.

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 will be notified by email on or about Tuesday, Nov. 26, with instructions on how to redeem their personalized award.

Sports Backers 8k Training Team

The Sports Backers offer an 8k Training Team to train for the Richmond 8k. The 8-week program begins on September 21.

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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 October 31 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.
  • The age minimum to register for the VCU Health 8k is 8 years of age on or before race day.
  • 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.