Distance: 26.20 mi
Type: Point-to-point, Road
Difficulty: 4 / 10
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Address: 100 Avenue of Champions, Suite 300, Richmond, VA 23230
Filed Under: Running
Run the race that Runner?s World called America?s friendliest marathon in its list of their ?New Favorites?
Now celebrating its 29th anniversary, the SunTrust Richmond Marathon prides itself as being ?America?s Friendliest Marathon?. But don?t just take our word for it. The January 2005 issue of Runner?s World magazine had this to say in touting Richmond as one of 12 must-do marathons that offer ?big fun, big scenery, big rewards?:
This marathon starts and finishes in charming historic downtown Richmond, once the capital of the south. The scenic, fast loop course takes in all of the city's old neighborhoods, traveling up Monument Avenue, past statues of Confederate soldiers and Richmond native and tennis star Arthur Ashe, through the campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, then alongside the James River. Along with the typical water and sports drink stops, this is probably the only race in the country that offers junk food stops, at miles 16 and 22, stocked with Gummy Bears, cookies, and soda. There are also two wet-washcloth stations, at miles 17 and 23, perfect for cleaning up for your finish-line photo. Three party zones set up along the way with free food, prize giveaways, and noisemakers for spectators and family means lots of enthusiastic, cheering support. The last mile features a fast downhill to the finish in the trendy Shockoe Slip area, where there are plenty of postrace goodies, including bagels, fruit, and pizza, and a band to celebrate your finish.
So come experience ?America?s Friendliest Marathon?. It?s 26.2 miles of smiles!
The race starts at 7th & Broad Street and finishes at 10th & Cary Street in historic downtown Richmond.