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Historic Half

The Historic Half is perfectly situated halfway between the capital of the Commonwealth in Richmond and the nation’s capital. The hugely popular Half has made historic Fredericksburg a fashionable spring weekend getaway. The scenic course tours colonial sites and the quaint downtown before scaling ominous Hospital Hill to be greeted at the finish by the US Marines. Along the way, runners pass significant landmarks dating back to our nation’s beginnings and notable neighborhoods that were home to America’s forefathers, including Presidents George Washington and James Monroe.  

Without question, the most exacting segment of the 13.1 mile run is the steady 200 foot rise in elevation that occurs over a span of one mile late in the course. Hospital Hill has become a thing of legend. Locals know about the hill located adjacent to Mary Washington Healthcare, and out-of-towners soon learn from social media connections or by scoping out the course elevation chart that an arduous uphill challenge awaits between miles 10 and 11 of the course.

Conquer the hill and celebrate! The Historic Half boasts fantastic finisher medals, terrific technical participant shirts and the only start ceremony capped off by the shouts of a town crier and the blast of a vintage musket.

2016 Historic Half introduces in-demand registration

The Marine Corps Historic Half to be held on May 15, 2016 in Fredericksburg, VA is now open. Unlike previous years when the even employed tiered pricing, a practice of elevating the fee as the event date draws near; the 2016 Historic Half will introduce in-demand registration, as a reward for motivated runners who commit early. As more runners sign up and registration plateaus are reached, the fee increases from its starting amount of $70.

Beginning in 2016, the Historic Half will also retire the 5K and 10K events that had been hosted on the same day as the Half in previous years, to debut the Semper Five. This new five mile rune originates in downtown Fredericksburg, scales Hospital Hill and concludes at the shared finish line at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center. Registration is now open for the inaugural running of this 2,000 participant event that evokes the Marine Corps motto "Semper Fi."

The first 1,000 motivated runners will register for the 2016 Historic Half for a fee of $70. The next 3,000 will register for $80 before the fee escalates to $90. Registration for the Semper Five is $40.


2014 Historic Half Photostrip

2014 Historic Half Weekend Recap:
Press Release  |  Photo Gallery  |  Video Recap  |  Finish Line Videos  |  Individual Results  |  Runner Photos

2013 Historic Half Weekend Recap:

Press Release
  |  Photo Gallery  |  Individual Results  |  Runner Photos  |  Finish Line Footage

2012 Historic Half Weekend Recap:
Press Release  |  Photo Gallery  |  Video Recap  |  Individual Results  |  Runner Photos  |  Finish Line Video

2011 Historic Half Weekend Recap:
Press Release  |  Photo Gallery  |  Individual Results  |  Runner Photos  |  Finish Line Video

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