Dahlgren Trail Half Marathon

Saturday, February 18, 2023

9 AM Start

Limited to the first 225 Participants!

Half Marathon

$75 9:00AM EST - 2:00PM EST
Sorry! This event is full. Registration ends February 18, 2023 at 8:45am EST

Amount of Time Left to Train!

Course Description

Don't miss out on the opportunity to enjoy the beauty of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail.  This is a scenic out and back course on a flat, smooth old railroad bed.  Cash prizes, great competition, good food, and awesome swag all make this a memorable event.  And because we understand it can be a bit chilly in February, we will be starting the race at 9:00 am to let it warm up and let you get a little more sleep. ;)

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!


There will be water at miles 1.5, 4, 6.5, 9 and 11.5. There will be Gatorade at miles 4 and 9.


Overall: Top 3 Men and Women. 

Cash prizes of $100, $75, $50


Age Groups:  Top 3 Men and Women

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


Overall awards will be based on Gun Time and Age Group awards will be based on Chip Time due the wave starts.  To be considered for overall awards you must start in the First Wave.  Wave assignments will be based on estimated finish time.

Wave Starts

Due to the narrowness of the trail at the start, we will be starting in waves of 75.  Assignments will be based on estimated finish times and will be started about 1-2 minutes apart.
Overall awards are based on gun time - the first 3 males and first 3 females to cross the finish line. You must start in the first wave 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, February 17th:  3-5pm at River Rock Outfitter

215 William Street, Fredericksburg

Saturday, February 18th:  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.  Overflow parking will be available off of Birchwood Creek Road.

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.

The Friends of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail is a 501(c)3 Nonprofit group that is volunteer-based and works to develop, preserve, and maintain this historic rail-to-trail greenway.

They are HUGE supporters of the half marathon and we are thrilled to be able to support their organization through this race!

Please consider joining us in support of the Friends of the DHRT by donating to the trail HERE.

More Trail Info

King George Trail Series

This is the third year of this trail series which consists of 3 unique races that cover different segments of the Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail.  

2023 Race Schedule
Feb 18:  Dahlgren Half Marathon
Mar 11:  Sheetz to Sheetz Run
Aug 5:  3H Half Marathon

Complete all 3 races and you will get a special finisher's medal and prize.  Sign up today for the multi-race bundle and receive a $5 discount on each race!

Coldwell Banker Elite Grand Prix Series

This is the 1st race in the 2023 Coldwell Banker Elite Grand Prix Race Series managed by the Fredericksburg Area Running Club.

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