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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 12-14, 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 12 - 14 from 6am - 4pm. Masks are required.
On-site participants will receive their finisher items post race using the tear tag on your bib. Masks are required.
Pick up swag items in Dorey Park between March 12 - 14 from 6am - 4pm. Masks are required. Can't make it to Dorey Park have your packet mailed for $10.
Event Policies Event Rules More Details
Course open from 6am - 4pm from March 12 - 14
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 31 to be added to the virtual leaderboard.
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
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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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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