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ArtVandelayJr Amateur 12 posts since
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May 20, 2008 1:25 PM

Other good Virginia Half Marathons?

What are some good half marathons in Virginia?  I have run the

Charlottesville Half, which runs in March, which is a great course, but

challenging (i.e. hilly).  I also ran the Patrick Henry Half in Ashland last year, which I

thought was a good course and well run, but it was very hot (it's in August).

I am thinking about the Danville Half

in September which apparently is flat and fast.  Anybody here ever run

it?  Or know of any other good half marathons in Virginia?

  • KevinG. Amateur 11 posts since
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    1. May 20, 2008 1:43 PM (in response to ArtVandelayJr)
    Re: Other good Virginia Half Marathons?

    The Shamrock Half in Virginia Beach during St Patricks Day weekend is a good one.

     

    Also, the Rock and Roll Half Marathon at VA Beach  at the end of summer.

  • jstenner Rookie 7 posts since
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    2. May 20, 2008 5:40 PM (in response to KevinG.)
    Re: Other good Virginia Half Marathons?

     

    Did you know that the Richmond Marathon is also going to include a half this year? I don't know what the course is going to be, but the marathon course is lovely, so if it's any part of that, it'll be nice!  The Richmond Marathon is beautifully run, so I'm assuming the half will be as well!  They are the same day.

     

     

     

     

     

  • x_39_and_holding_x We're Not Worthy 2,974 posts since
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    4. May 21, 2008 6:12 AM (in response to KevinG.)
    Re: Other good Virginia Half Marathons?
    Kevin Green wrote:

    The Shamrock Half in Virginia Beach during St Patricks Day weekend is a good one.

     

    Also, the Rock and Roll Half Marathon at VA Beach  at the end of summer.

     

    I'll echo these.  Shamrock was a blast this year and the course is super fast and flat.  I haven't done Rock & Roll yet but I'll be down there Labor Day weekend this year.

     

    One note about VA Beach:  It's EXPENSIVE!  The R&R race has hotel costs were approach $400 a night with a 3 night minimum!  I'm staying in Chesapeake for $70/night with no 3 night minimum.  I think I paid close to $200/night in March.





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  • achingknees Rookie 6 posts since
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    5. May 21, 2008 6:34 AM (in response to ArtVandelayJr)
    Re: Other good Virginia Half Marathons?

     

    My favorite Virginia half marathon is the Colonial Half Marathon which is held the last Sunday in February in Williamsburg at the College of William and Mary.  It's hilly and scenic -- alot of it on a small untraveled road through woods.  One nice thing is that is starts at 1:00 p.m. allowing runners from Northern Virginia to drive down and back in the same day.

     

     

     

     

     

    The Parks Half Marathon in Rockville (alright Maryland) is also nice.  It's a one way route through Rock Creek Park and ends in downtown Bethesda. The organizers give you a metro card at the end so you can get back to your car in Rockville.  That is in mid-September.

     

     

     

     

     

    Haven't run the Danville Half Marathon but I was just in Danville last week.  If the course is along the paved bike path by the Dan River, it will be very flat.

     

     

     

     

     

    I'm still trying to figure out why I did so much better at the Charlottesville Half Marathon last month than I did at this one.

     

     

  • MikeDaMarine08 We're Not Worthy 2,498 posts since
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    6. Feb 21, 2009 10:24 AM (in response to ArtVandelayJr)
    Re: Other good Virginia Half Marathons?

     

    There is also the Fleet Week Half Marathon on Naval Base Norfolk.  Here are some other ones listed by halfmarathons.net.

     

     

    http://www.halfmarathons.net/usa_half_marathons_virginia.html

     

     

     

     

     





    MCM '09, '10, '11

    Richmond Marathon '09

    RNR Arizona Marathon '10

    RNR Mardi Gras Marathon '10

    Shamrock Marathon '10, '12

    Frederick Marathon '10

    Madison Marathon '10

    1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Marathon '10

    Baltimore Marathon '10

    Outer Banks Marathon '10

    Seashore 50K

    Houston '12

    Flying Pig '12

    Next Race - MCM Baby!!!!!!

  • 00HokieRunner Pro 124 posts since
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    7. Apr 20, 2009 6:55 PM (in response to MikeDaMarine08)
    Re: Other good Virginia Half Marathons?

     

    A huge second on the Fleet Week (which this year will be called the Naval Station Norfolk Half Marathon). This is an incredibly well organized race.

     

     

    Also agree on the Shamrock Half. There's also the Dismal Swamp Half, and not VA but close, the OBX Half.

     

     

    I'm a VB native, I ran the RnR Half last year, and unless I lose a bet or something there's no amount of money you could pay me to run the RnR Half again. It was a miserable humid day, lots of people dropped out (and dropped). Also the race course support, for what you pay for this event, is lacking.

     

     

    HTH

     

     

  • MikeDaMarine08 We're Not Worthy 2,498 posts since
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    8. Apr 20, 2009 8:10 PM (in response to 00HokieRunner)
    Re: Other good Virginia Half Marathons?

    I heard rumor that they might not have the Naval Station Norfolk Half Marathon this year.





    MCM '09, '10, '11

    Richmond Marathon '09

    RNR Arizona Marathon '10

    RNR Mardi Gras Marathon '10

    Shamrock Marathon '10, '12

    Frederick Marathon '10

    Madison Marathon '10

    1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Marathon '10

    Baltimore Marathon '10

    Outer Banks Marathon '10

    Seashore 50K

    Houston '12

    Flying Pig '12

    Next Race - MCM Baby!!!!!!

  • 00HokieRunner Pro 124 posts since
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    9. Apr 21, 2009 4:32 AM (in response to MikeDaMarine08)
    Re: Other good Virginia Half Marathons?

    I liked that HM so much that a couple weeks ago I e-mailed the race directors to find out when it would be. They e-mailed back with the name change and a confirmation it would be on October 4th this year. So unless something changed in the last couple of week's it's on!

  • MikeDaMarine08 We're Not Worthy 2,498 posts since
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    10. Apr 21, 2009 5:56 AM (in response to 00HokieRunner)
    Re: Other good Virginia Half Marathons?

     

    Great! See you there.

     

     





    MCM '09, '10, '11

    Richmond Marathon '09

    RNR Arizona Marathon '10

    RNR Mardi Gras Marathon '10

    Shamrock Marathon '10, '12

    Frederick Marathon '10

    Madison Marathon '10

    1/2 Sauer 1/2 Kraut Marathon '10

    Baltimore Marathon '10

    Outer Banks Marathon '10

    Seashore 50K

    Houston '12

    Flying Pig '12

    Next Race - MCM Baby!!!!!!

  • RUNHRD1 Rookie 1 posts since
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    11. May 13, 2009 9:25 AM (in response to ArtVandelayJr)
    Re: Other good Virginia Half Marathons?

     

    The Rock N Roll Half Marathon in Virginia Beach is the best! Can be a bit warm since it's in September but not hilly. A great run event from start to finish!

     

     

  • runthenumbers Pro 160 posts since
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    12. May 24, 2009 3:49 PM (in response to RUNHRD1)
    Re: Other good Virginia Half Marathons?

     

    I agree with X_39.  Shamrock half in March is a great Spring run.  I found a beachfront hotel for under $100/night.  The dining was $$$, but maybe it was all the Magic Hat IPA!  Flat fast and fun, Great after race beach party.  A PR for me.

     

     

    Runhrd1: Gonna be there in Sept for my first RnR half.  Spending the week.  It should be another blast.

     

     

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