Ashland Half Marathon

Saturday, August 28, 2021

Ashland, VA 23005 US Directions

New Name, Same Picturesque Center of the Universe

All aboard for summer's hottest half marathon!

If you’ve never been to Ashland, Virginia look no further than the Ashland Half Marathon to find yourself soaking in every ounce of the colorful town! Dubbed "The Center of the Universe" this quaint community has historic homes, a bustling downtown, and delicious restaurants and breweries. Enjoy an escape to small-town Virginia and run 13.1 miles along rolling hills, picturesque fields, and maybe even a train or two. Summer's hottest half marathon is the perfect way to stay on track and meet all of your running goals! All aboard because this is one race you can’t miss!


Update for 2021: 3.5 HOUR COURSE TIME LIMIT

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Friday, August 27

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Sports Backers Stadium (100 Avenue of Champions, Richmond, VA 23233)


Saturday, August 28

5:45 a.m. to 6:30 a.m.

Near the Start/Finish area (the corner of North Center Street and Henry Clay Road)


Photo ID required for packet pick-up. You may pick up a packet for another pre-registered runner, provided you have a copy of their photo ID.
More Information

Race Starts

6:30 a.m.

(Updated start time)

Course Closes

10:00 a.m. 

Parking on Race Day

Parking in Ashland is at a premium, participants are strongly encouraged to carpool to the race. Reduce congestion, save yourself some gas money and share the experience with your friends. These are all great reasons to all drive together.


  • Diamond Springs water and Nuun at miles 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, & 12. All refill stations will be cup less. You must carry your own hydration vessel.
  • Energy Gels
  • Port-o-johns at Start/Finish and near water stops
  • Top-notch medical support
  • Post-race celebration with pre-packaged food and drinks
Start/Finish Area Map Parking Map Schedule

Course Information


3.5 Hour Course Time Limit for 2021!

(16 minute/mile page)


Course Checkpoints:

  • Mile 6.3 Mile Mark by 8:11 a.m.
  • MIle 10(ish) Mile Mark by 9:10 a.m.

If you missed these checkpoints you will be asked to board the shuttle to the finish. The course closes at 10 a.m. & will no longer have traffic protection, medical aid, or water stops.

Refill Stations:

  • Diamond Springs water and Nuun will be near miles 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, & 12. All hydration refill stations will be without cups. You must bring your own personal hydration vessel. 
  • Energy Gels
Course Map Interactive Map

Virtual Ashland Half Marathon

How it works:
  • Register by August 28, 2021
  • Submit your results by Monday, August 30 to be included in the event leaderboard
Race Details:
  • Packet mailing is included with your registraiton. Packets will not be mailed until after the event on August 28. You will receive an email with updates as the event nears.
  • Virtual participants will not be eligible for awards
Celebrate your finish:
  • Post a photo or a video to share your virtual race experience on your social media using the race hashtag (#AshlandHalf). You might not be there in person, but you can still be part of the race weekend experience!
Virtual Race Submit Results

Sports Backers created Kids Run RVA to make running & active living fun & easy. Kids Run RVA promotes physical activity to youth across the Richmond region & encourages more kids to get moving more often. Between our programs & events, Kids Run RVA instills healthy habits that continue to flourish into adolescence & adulthood.

The Covid-19 pandemic forced schools to close their doors, but moving is not cancelled. Kids Run RVA has a library of free online video workouts designed especially for kids!

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Richmond Road Runners Club is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization, whose mission is to support running and healthy lifestyles in the Richmond Region. We do this by hosting races, sponsoring races in our area, helping other organizations put on races, coaching training teams, supporting kids' running programs, supporting a variety of group runs and awarding academic scholarships to college-bound runner athletes. Club members are runners/walkers of all paces, ages, & shapes. With approximately 2,000 members, RRRC is one of the largest running clubs in the U.S. 

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Let’s Go, RVA! Sports Backers mission is to inspire active living in all corners of our community. We are a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to producing quality sporting events & programs that motivate residents & visitors to be more active, supporting youth running & fitness programs, & advocating for safe bike & pedestrian infrastructure. 


Due to COVID-19, we had to stop all in-person events & cancel all in-person programming in the Spring. But, our staff is hard at work bringing virtual & social distancing options to our region including virtual & outside fitness classes, virtual kids physical activity videos & classes, workout challenges, virtual events, &, most recently, socially distanced in-person events.

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Cancellation Policy

Entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of a race cancellation, postponement, event format changes, and/or if you are unable to participate. Race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. No exceptions. This means once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number or timing chip to anyone else. Anyone found participating with another person’s number will be disqualified and both people will be barred from future Sports Backers and/or Richmond Road Runners Club events, including the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k and VCU Health Richmond Marathon.


Deferrals: You may defer your registration from the 2021 Patrick Henry Half to the 2022 event for $20. The deferral deadline is August 13, 2021; no deferrals will be accepted after this date. The deferral may be used only for the 2022 event. You may only defer an entry once. 

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