#TakeTheTrain to Your Next Marathon or Half Marathon in Virginia

by Amtrak Virginia | Posted: Jun 5, 2018 | Updated: Jun 20, 2018

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**This post is written in partnership with Amtrak Virginia and Virginia Department of Rail & Public Transportation.**

 

It’s no secret that Virginia is for runners, and there’s a full schedule of road races across the Commonwealth each year to back that up. Whether you like to run with ocean breezes or mountain views, there’s a race for you.

Of course, you likely won’t be traveling on foot to the race. Why not skip the highways and ride the rails? Amtrak has nine passenger rail routes and 23 stations, taking you directly to many of Virginia’s most popular destinations. Not only do you avoid traffic, you have lots of options for staying loose after the race. Amtrak offers wide, comfortable reclining seats with plenty of legroom where you can stretch – and stretch out. You also can get up and walk around the train to prevent cramping. If you need to refuel, the café car has sandwiches, salads, snacks and hot and cold beverages available for purchase.

To get you inspired, this post lists some of the many marathons and half-marathons across the state, organized by city. All are easily accessible by rail. Just take the train, take a medal and take it easy.

 

—Alexandria—

Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Alexandria is known for its rich colonial history and scenic waterfront. The Amtrak station (ALX) is conveniently located right in the heart of the city.

 

—Ashland—

Passenger trains travel right down the middle of Center Street in the charming town of Ashland. Unique shops, restaurants, galleries and historic homes are just steps away from the sheltered Amtrak platform (ASD).

 

—Charlottesville—

Nestled in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Charlottesville offers cultural, natural, and artistic history. The Amtrak station (CVS) is an easy walk from the University of Virginia campus and bustling downtown.

 

—Richmond—

Anthem Richmond Marathon

Visitors to Richmond are attracted to Virginia’s capital city for history, arts, fine dining, outdoor recreation and sports. Richmond has two Amtrak stations: Main Street Station (RVM) and Staples Mill Road Station (RVR).

 

—Petersburg—

Full of modern charm, Petersburg is famous for its rich history, including several Revolutionary and Civil War battles. The Amtrak station (PTB) is also a beautiful example of Mid-Century Modern architecture.

 

—Quantico—

Quantico is a small town on the banks of the Potomac River, surrounded by Marine Corps Base Quantico. Passengers use the Amtrak platform (QAN) adjacent to the historic 1950s mid-century modern depot.

 

—Newport News—Rock & Roll Marathon

A popular coastal destination, Newport News offers historic sites, museums and maritime adventures with inviting beaches and natural parks to explore. You’ll find the Amtrak station (NPN) close to the James River.

 

—Norfolk—

A major seaport, Norfolk attracts outdoor enthusiasts for fishing, boating and surfing in the Atlantic Ocean and the Chesapeake Bay. The recently constructed Amtrak station (NFK) is close to the waterfront.

 

—Williamsburg—

Williamsburg, Virginia’s “Colonial Capital,” offers visitors historical, cultural and recreational activities and events throughout the year. The Amtrak station (WBG) is within walking distance of Colonial Williamsburg.

 

—Roanoke—

Blue Ridge Marathon

Located in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Roanoke is known for its scenic beauty, outdoor recreation and cultural offerings. The sheltered Amtrak platform (RNK) is located in the bustling downtown area.

 

—Fredericksburg—

Fredericksburg offers a little bit of everything, from battlefields and museums to water fun and children’s activities. Amtrak’s platform and shelter (FBG) are just one block from the Rappahannock River waterfront.

 

—Lynchburg—

The “City of Seven Hills,” Lynchburg is a center of cultural activities such as concerts, plays, lecture series and art shows. Amtrak’s intermodal Kemper Street station (LYH) is also served by local and intercity buses.

 

Ready to Run?

Head to Virginia.Amtrak.com to book your tickets for a comfortable, convenient travel experience. Book at least 14 days in advance to save up to 25%, or check out the everyday discounts we offer. Just ride, run and enjoy!

 

Before June 30, On the day of your excursion, you can use the Amtrak mobile app to access the Lyft app and request a ride. New users of Lyft will receive $5 off each of their first four Lyft rides by using the promo code AMTRAKLYFT.

 

From the majesty of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Skyline Drive, to the history of Richmond and Appomattox, to the tranquility of the seashore in Virginia Beach, Virginia has lots for you to love. And Amtrak Virginia can take you there.

 

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