Running a marathon is a serious commitment.
So it makes sense to choose one that you’ll like! And fortunately, you don’t have to travel far to find plenty. If you need help making a decision, look through our list of the top ten best marathons in Virginia.
The 9 Best Marathons in Virginia
One of the largest marathons in the world, the Marine Corps Marathon has also been recognized as the “Best Marathon in the Mid-Atlantic,” “Best for Families” and “Best for Beginners.” The race starts at 7:55 am in Arlington, VA, and closes at 3:00 pm. There are two “gauntlets,” which participants must reach by 12:33 and 1:49 respectively, in order to qualify as an official finisher.
Currently, the official charity of the Anthem Richmond Marathon is Kids Run RVA, which runs a variety of programs across the Richmond area designed to promote physical activity in children. Their goal is “getting more kids moving more often!” It’s an appropriate charity for a marathon to support.
Weaves in a loose figure-eight through scenic and historic areas of Richmond. The Anthem Richmond Marathon maintains its reputation as America’s friendliest marathon by providing runners with copious amounts of water, Gatorade, and even pickle juice (to combat cramps). And yes, bathrooms are available every two miles as well.
If the best marathons in Virginia means the hardest marathons in Virginia, then this race is perfect for you. Along with its sister races the Blue Ridge Half Marathon and the Blue Ridge Double Marathon, the Food Levels Blue Ridge Marathon is officially trademarked as one of America’s Toughest Road Races. It’s not hard to see why: the course boasts a 7,430 ft. gain/loss in elevation, along the scenic Blue Ridge Parkway near Roanoke, Virginia.
If you’re looking for a change of pace, consider this indoor marathon: 211 laps around a pancake-flat around-the-indoor track at Thomas Jefferson Middle School, 125 Old Glebe Rd, Arlington VA 22204. It’s a small race but a fun one, as well as the warmest winter marathon you’ll find in Virginia!
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