The complete guide to the 40th annual Anthem Richmond Marathon

The complete guide to the 40th annual Anthem Richmond Marathon

It’s time to run or cheer on those brave enough to hit the 26.2 miles of pavement. Here’s everything you need to know whether you’re running, spectating, or just trying to avoid the event and make your way around the many closed roads this Saturday.

The Anthem Richmond Marathon is celebrating its 40th year of thousands hitting the streets. Our race is often cited as one of the “Best Fall Marathons,” which is what will happen when you work to be America’s friendliest marathon.

We here at RVAHub have never run a marathon, but we have run around and gathered a few links to help those of you running and watching. That deserves a medal, right?

All event information is now available at your fingertips with the ‘Run Richmond’ app that is available for download. The free app has everything the spectator and/or runner could need. Pull up the app. on your phone to find runner tracking, course maps, schedules, expo directions, spectator information, and other event details. The app is available for download for both iPhone and Android. If you’re more of the big screen kind of person we’ve got you covered as well.

Quick steps

Party zones

Let’s face facts. There are way more non-runners than there are runners in the Marathon. It’s only fair that those of us that don’t run, aka sane, should get in on the good times. The full list of official Party Zones is here but all of Monument Ave is a giant party and well worth checking out.

Another great area is Southside along Forest Hill Avenue between Westover Hills and Bland. This is roughly the halfway point, and you can swing by coffee shops Zata and Crossroads or jump on down to the South of the James Farmer’s Market. Be ready to deal with traffic issues due to road closures.

Course maps

If you’ve got running to do or runners to watch, these maps will get you to the right spots.

2017 Anthem Richmond Marathon event schedule

Thursday, November 9th

  • 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Pre-race Health and Fitness Expo, packet pick-up, and walk-up registration at the Arthur Ashe Center
  • 7:00 p.m.  Cutting of the 40th Running birthday cake provided by Whole Foods Market
Friday, November 10th
  • 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Health and Fitness Expo, Packet pick-up and walk-up registration at the Arthur Ashe Center
  • 11:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  Marathon Course Bus Tour (Reservation required)
  • 1:30 p.m. Meet and greet and ‘Race Everything’ book signing with Bart Yasso of Runner’s World magazine
  • 4:00 p.m.  Cutting of the 40th Running birthday cake provided by Whole Foods Market
  • 4:30 p.m. – 5:15 p.m.  ‘All Things Richmond’ Q&A session at the Expo with Bart Yasso of Runner’s World, Marathon Training Team Head Coach Don Garber, and Richmond Marathon ‘Old Lions’
Saturday, November 11th
  • 7:00 a.m.  VCU Health 8k start
  • 7:30 a.m.  Markel Richmond Half Marathon start (Wave A) at 7th and Broad St.
  • 7:45 a.m.  Anthem Richmond Marathon start (All waves) at 5th and Grace St.
  • 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.  CoStar Post-Race Party at Brown’s Island and at the finish line (5th & Tredegar)
  • 11:30 a.m.  Half Marathon course closes
  • 3:00 p.m. Marathon course closes

Road closures

Below is a snippet, but you can check out the full map or read each street closure one by one.

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