Slip on your running shoes and hit the streets, trails and sand for these spring and summer running events throughout Virginia.
Yuengling Shamrock Marathon Weekend, Virginia Beach
This St. Patrick’s Day weekend event features a race distance for every member of the family, including the marathon, a half marathon, an 8k and a 26.2 yard Leprechaun Dash for the youngest members of the family. Also enjoy exhibitors and vendors and a post-race party on each day will feature live music, delicious Murphy’s Irish stew, and plenty of Yuengling beverages. Read more.
Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon, 5K, and Children’s Cub Run, Chesapeake
The 12th Annual Dismal Swamp Stomp Half Marathon, 5k and Children’s Half-Mile Cub Run will be held in beautiful Chesapeake, Virginia, on Saturday, April 14, 2018. The flat 13.1-mile course will take runners on a spectacular wilderness journey through lush, mysterious landscape and rich history. Read more.
Blue Ridge Marathon, Roanoke
Featured on The Weather Channel’s list of “World’s 15 Toughest Marathons”, the Blue Ridge Marathon began with 6,140’of elevation change and has grown each year with this year’s total being 7,430′ of elevation change. On April 21, 2018, the breathtaking views and stunning Blue Ridge Mountain scenery will offer some reprieve to runners as they persevere to the finish line! Read more.
Dominion Energy Riverrock, Richmond
Organized by Venture Richmond and the Sports Backers, Riverrock is the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival, bringing athletes, spectators, musicians, and even dogs to Brown’s Island for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond’s urban riverfront May 18-20, 2018. The festival features a variety of outdoor sports including trail running, kayaking, biking, bouldering, slacklining, stand up paddleboarding, and dog jumping. Read more.
Pocahontas Indian Run, Pocahontas
On June 2, 2018, the Town of Pocahontas will be having its 35th Annual Indian Run and 2nd Community Day. The run consists of a 5 mile Run, a 3 mile walk, and a youth run through the middle of town. A flea market and car show are also part of the day’s activities. Read more.
Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, and 5k, Covington
Race your way through one of the most scenic trails in the country on June 23, 2018. The Jackson River Scenic Trail passes through small communities, cultivated fields and small patches of woodland along the way. It’s common to see wildlife from the trail. Coinciding with the fifth annual Covington Cork and Pork Festival BBQ, everyone is encouraged to stay following the race. Read more.
The Smith River Fest, Martinsville
Run, paddle and bike your way to fun at Smith River Fest, August 11, 2018! Paddle the river, participate in the 4.8 mile long river race and 5K Mud Run, browse vendor booths, enjoy children’s activities, watch live demonstrations and much more. There really is something for everyone at Smith River Fest! Read more.
Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon, Virginia Beach
September 1-2, the Rock ‘n’ Roll Virginia Beach Half Marathon events include a Half Marathon, 5K and Mile on the Sand. Bands dotted along the race route help to motivate runners to cross the finish line on the Virginia Beach Boardwalk. A post-race headliner concert will top off a fun-filled day! Read more.
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Shenandoah Tough Expedition Race, Orkney Springs
Shenandoah Tough is a 3.5 day expedition race that covers 250 miles and has teams of 2 to 4.Sept. 13-16, 2018 teams will navigate their way across the challenging and beautiful terrain of the Northern Shenandoah via foot, mountain bike and boat. Read more.