Sports Backers Marathon, Half Marathon, & 5k
Spring is right around the corner and we know the best way to get through the winter months of running is to have your next finish line in sight! We’re excited to bring you a custom race experience with our first Sports Backers Marathon, featuring a full, half, and 5k! Start and finish at Dorey Park, and run along the Virginia Capital Trail protected from traffic, and with course support! From March 11-13, you’ll be able to run the race of your choice, as well as pick your race day and start time. We’ll take care of the rest with onsite packet pick up, touchless bottle refill stations, timing, and of course great swag! Train confidently this winter and celebrate your hard work with us this March!
We have the course, we have the finish line, all we need is you. Let’s run Richmond in the spring!
Event Website FAQs Schedule
Participants will be assigned and receive their bib on-site at Dorey Park. Be prepared to present your Driver’s License or ID at the tent. This can be done on the race day you select or any day between March 11 - 13 from 7am - 3pm.
On-site participants will receive their finisher items post race using the tear tag on your bib.
Packet mailing is included with your virtual registration. No need to come to Dorey Park to pick up anything.
- Finisher Medal
- Shirt Choice: Unisex Short Sleeve Technical Shirt or Ladies Technical Tank
- Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay Participants: An extra premium finisher item
Course open from 7 AM - 3 PM from March 11-13
Chip timed & USA Track & Field certified course
Course will have a shared start & finish line in Dorey Park, mile markers, bottle refill stations every 2-4 miles, restrooms near every refill station.
The course is on the Virginia Capital Trail. The trail will not be closed, be aware of other trail users.
There are several trail crossings on course, which are not closed to vehicular traffic. Be prepared to stop at these crossings.
If you are unable to participate at the official course, you can participate virtually on the course of your own creation. Upload your results by March 14 to be added to the virtual leaderboard.
Marathon Half Marathon 5k
The Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF) is a nonprofit, 501 (c)(3) organization, with a mission to enhance, promote, and advocate for the continued development of the Virginia Capital Trail (VCT), a 52-mile dedicated multi-use trail connecting Richmond and Williamsburg along the beautiful and historic Route 5 corridor. The VCT serves as official course for the Sports Backers Marathon, Half Marathon, and 5k. The VCTF depends on private donations to succeed. The Virginia Capital Trail provides amazing opportunities for active recreation, active transportation and economic development in our Region. If you enjoy the trail or share our passion for this glorious regional amenity, please consider making a financial contribution to support the Virginia Capital Trail.Donate to VCTF VCTF Website
Our mission is to inspire you to live an active lifestyle, even in the face of a pandemic. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to Sports Backers today! As a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, donations are vital to our mission of inspiring active living in all corners of our community. Your support allows us to: Advocate for safe & accessible bike & pedestrian infrastructure, offer affordable free fitness classes, support running clubs during non-pandemic times at area schools, & develop fun, new participatory events for our entire community.
Now, more than ever, our community needs to be physically active. With your support, we can make this region a more vibrant place to live & work! Thank you for considering an investment in our region’s future!Donate to Sports Backers Sports Backers Website
Entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of a race format changes, race cancellation, postponement, 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 events.
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