Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to all your questions before the big race

Q: Is there an Expo?

A: YES, see the home page for information.


Q: Is the Charlottesville course USATF certified and can it be used as a Boston Marathon qualifier?

A: YES, the USATF Course Certification numbers are VA16002TR for the Marathon and VA16001TR for the Half Marathon.


Q: Does the Charlottesville Marathon, Half Marathon & 8K Road Championship use Chip Timing?

A: YES, We will be using MyLaps Bib Tag system.  This is the same system used at some of the largest running events in World, including the Boston, Chicago and New York Marathon.


Q: What is the start time of the Charlottesville Marathon and Half Marathon?

A:  The Marathon, Half Marathon, and 8K START at 7:00a.m. The Kids K starts at 9:00 a.m


Q: What are the start and finish locations?

A:  The Marathon, Half Marathon and 8K START at the intersection of E. Jefferson St and 4th St at Court Square in Downtown Charlottesville. The FINISH is at Court Square at the intersection of Jefferson St and 6th St in Downtown Charlottesville. The Kids K STARTS and FINISHES at Court Square at the intersection of Jefferson St and 6th St in Downtown Charlottesville


Q.  Is this race for Walkers?

A.  Only the 8K, but NOT the Half Marathon and Marathon.  The City and County police have given us strict guidelines.


Q: How do I register?

A: You can register online HERE. There will be NO entry fee refunds or transfers.


Q: Are there Portajohns at the race start and on the race course?

A: Yes, see the course map for information on port-a-potties locations


Q: Is there a time limit on the course?

A: Yes. Runners must finish the Marathon in 6 Hours and Half Marathon in 3 Hours. Sorry, no Walkers.


Q: Is the course open to vehicular traffic?

A: Yes. However, traffic will be controlled by Police and volunteers.  Runners must always run on the left side of the roadway unless instructed otherwise by Police or volunteers.


Q: What is the course like?

A: The course will traverse some of the most scenic and historic areas on the East Coast. The start/finish, or Court Square, is the site of the oldest serving Court in the USA. You will run in the heart of Charlottesville past many historic sites.  The course also runs through some of Charlottesville's most historic downtown neighborhoods including the Rivanna River. Truly one of the most scenic course you will ever run.


Q: What is the official nutrition of the Charlottesville Marathon?

A: There will be Gatorade and gels provided throughout the course of the Charlottesville Marathon.


Q: What is the age requirement for the Marathon, Half Marathon, 8K and Kids Marathon?

A: The age requirement for the Marathon is 12 years old. The age requirement for the Half Marathon is 10 years old. The age requirement for the 8K is 8 years old. The Kids K has no age requirement, and parents are welcome to run with their children.


Q: What is the distance for the Kids K?

A: The Kids K runs an out and back on E. Jefferson St. The distance is 1K or 0.6 miles.


Q: What is the temperature in Charlottesville this time of year?

A: The average temperature is 66 degrees, but can vary.


Q: Will there be a "sag" vehicle?

A: Yes. We will have bikes following the last runners and sag vehicles located at several locations on the course.


Q: Is there anything for families to do during the race?

A: Yes. The Expo will have fun activities for the whole family.  In addition, the historic Downtown Mall has a wide variety of Restaurants and Shopping.


Q: How many runners will be in the race?

A: LIMITED ENTRY: 3,500 Combined for both events.


Q: Do participants receive a Finishers medallion?

A: Yes, each finisher of the Marathon and Half Marathon receive a very beautiful medallion.


Q: How do I receive my Race Packet?

A: Please refer to the Packet Pickup link from the main page.


WHEN: From 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. on Friday and from 5:45 a.m. until 6:45 a.m. for the Marathon/Half Marathon/8K (races start at 7:00 a.m.) on Saturday (race day). Packet pickup for the Kids K will last until 8:45 a.m.


WHERE:  Court Square at the intersection of Jefferson St and 4th St in Downtown Charlottesville


Q: Can runners use headphones during the race?

A: No; for safety reasons headphones and other devices that impair runners from hearing cars and other obstacles are not allowed.


Q: How can I volunteer for the Charlottesville Marathon and Half Marathon?

A: Please refer to the Volunteers link from the main page or call Francesca Conte, Volunteer Coordinator, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Q: What is the Official Charitable Partner for the  Charlottesville Marathon?

A: The One Love Foundation


Q: What fluid replenisher and energy gel are the Charlottesville Marathon using?

A: Gatorade will be provided as a fluid replenisher. Some of the later water stops will also have gels. Please refer to the course map for locations.

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