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2021 is a brand new year, yet we are unsure of what COVID conditions will be like in December. We are preparing for this year's race as though we need to adhere to the guidelines that currently exist and were in place for 2020's race. As things change, so will race procedures, so check back before race day for final guidelines. We will e-mail participants updates as race day approaches and are looking forward to a successful race in 2021!
This year marks the 21st running of the Fredericksburg Blue and Gray Half Marathon. Join us on Sunday, December 5th as we run through historic Fredericksburg, VA.
Be sure to check out the information on this site periodically for any modifications to packet pickup and race procedures.
We are also offering a virtual option this year. Virtual runners earn the same great SWAG and will have access to the RaceJoy app on their phones for an enhanced virtual experience.
Fredericksburg Area Running Club members automatically receive a $5 discount at checkout.
This race is the final race in the 2021 FARC Coldwell Banker Elite Grand Prix Race Series.
There is a 3 1/2 hour time limit to complete the Half Marathon
Things may be slightly different this year due to COVID-19, but we are confident that we can put on a safe and fun event for everyone. Here are some of our guidelines assuming that Virginia remains in Phase 3.
All participants, both in-person and virtual, earn the same great swag!
* A Long-sleeve technical race shirt for all those registering before Nov 20, 2021. (Please register early - it helps us tremendously!)
* A race finisher's medal
6:00 AM: Packet pickup and race day registration at Old Mill Park. 2201 Caroline Street Fredericksburg, VA 22401
7:15 AM: Packet pickup and registration closes (registration may close earlier if race sells out)
7:30 AM: Wave 1 Start. Waves 2 through 10 will start in 1 to 2 minute intervals.
Saturday, December 4th from 1-5pm
River Rock Outfitter
215 William Street, Fredericksburg
We want to be up front about our cancellation and refund policy so you know ahead of time what our contingency plans are. Hopefully no further restrictions are put in place, but if changes to current regulations cause the in-person race to be cancelled, registered runners for the in-person Half Marathon can:
Option 1: Defer to the 2022 Blue and Gray Half Marathon.
Option 2: Switch races to the 2021 Virtual Blue and Gray Half Marathon and be refunded the difference between the price paid for the in-person race and the cost of the virtual option.
We are hoping that this does not happen, but if it does we will notify you and provide further instructions on how to select your option.
*This only applies to the in-person race. There will be no refunds or deferrals for those who are registered for the virtual option.
USATF Certified Course
The course starts and ends at Old Mill Park along the banks of the Rappahannock River. The race is mostly run on a wide paved path through the residential area of downtown Fredericksburg. The course is mostly flat except for one uphill section beginning at mile 5 and one downhill section at mile 9.
Course Map RaceJoy for Virtual Runners
Porta Potties at miles: 2.5, 3.0, 7.5, 10.5, 11.8
We will have aid stations located at miles: 2.5, 4,4. 6.4, 8.8, 10.5, 11.8
What we are able to provide will depend on what phase of re-opening the state of Virginia is in. Keep checking back here for updates.
Current Plan: 8 oz bottles of water, unopened and sitting on a table. You can grab what you need and go.Aid Station Map
Overall Top 3 Men and Women - Cash $150, 75, 50
Masters - Top Male and Female - Cash $50
Age Groups - 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & Over - Top 3 Men and Women in each age group
Course Record Bonuses - $100 - for first male finishing faster than 1:11:03 and first female finishing faster than 1:22:43.
Because of the anticipated staggered/wave starts this year, all awards will be based on Chip Time.