Dahlgren Half Marathon

Saturday February 20, 2021

9 AM Start

Limited to the first 225 Participants!

Half Marathon

02/20 9:00AM EST - 11:00PM EST

Race Update

The race is on! Trail conditions - snow/slush covered. Wear appropriate footwear! Participants, you will receive emails with race updates on February 17, 18, and 19. Waves will be assigned on February 18th, so you must register by midnight on the 17th to be seeded in the correct wave. All athletes registering after 2/17 will be placed in the final wave.

Amount of Time Left to Train!

Course Description

The race is run on the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail, a converted railroad bed, and provides solid footing with little or no roots.  This trail is flat, smooth, and fast with a variety of surfaces ranging from dirt, gravel, grass, and pine needles.  

The course is an out and back that starts at the Bloomsbury Road Trailhead and heads east from the start for ~6.5 miles before turning back.  The Friends of the DRHT do an excellent job of ensuring that the trail is in peak shape for the race!



Overall: Top 5 Men and Women. 

Cash prizes of $100, $75, $50, $30, $20


Age Groups:  Top 3 Men and Women

19 & Under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 - 69, 70 & Over


All awards will be based on Chip Time due to the socially distanced starting line.  To be considered for overall awards you must start in the First Wave.  Wave assignments will be based on estimated finish time.

Wave Starts

Because of the current COVID-19 guidelines in place for races, we will be starting in waves of 25.  Assignments will be based on estimated finish times and will be started about 1-2 minutes apart. The first wave will be the fastest 25 males, the second wave will be the fastest 25 females and the remaining waves will be co-ed based on time.
Overall awards are based on gun time - the first 5 males and first 5 females to cross the finish line. You must start in one of the first 2 waves to be considered for overall awards.
Age group awards are based on chip times. Age group awards may be given to runners starting in any of the waves. Runners not receiving an overall award are eligible for age group awards.

Packet Pickup and Race Day Parking

Packet Pickup:

Friday 2/19:  3-5 pm at River Rock Outfitter

215 William Street, Fredericksburg

Race Morning:  7:30 - 8:45am at the trailhead


Race day parking is available at the Route 605 Trailhead.  Please carpool if possible and arrive early.  The parking lot will open at 7:30 am.

About The Trail

The 16-mile Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail follows the route of the old Dahlgren Branch rail line, stretching across King George County just south of the Potomac River in Virginia's Northern Neck. The trail is open for walking, running, cycling and other recreational non-motorized uses while preserving 240 acres of wildlife and natural beauty.



More Trail Info

King George Trail Series

This is the inaugural year of this trail series which consists of 4 unique races that cover different segments of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail.  

2020 Race Schedule
Feb 20:  Dahlgren Half Marathon
Mar 13:  Sheetz to Sheetz Run
Aug 7:  3H Half Marathon
Oct 2:  Howlin' Coyote 10K

Complete all 4 races and you will get a special finisher's reward.  Sign up today and get a $5 discount on each race!

Coldwell Banker Elite Grand Prix Series

This is the 1st race in the 2021 Coldwell Banker Elite Grand Prix Race Series managed by the Fredericksburg Area Running Club.



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