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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.

Historic Half Safety, Transportation and Heat Update
The Marine Corps Historic Half and law enforcement partners encourage all runners and spectators to become familiar with event safety procedures to ensure ease of access and a secure e
nvironment. Runners and spectators are encouraged to arrive at the Historic Half at least 90 minutes prior to the 7 a.m. start time to secure a convenient parking space and to pass through start/finish area screening points.  

Security presence will be in place at the Historic Half, Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K start areas.  All bags are subject to search at the screening points. Limiting the number of items brought to the event will greatly reduce the wait time at these inspection areas. Bags should never be left unattended anywhere near the course or the start and finish areas. 

Only clear plastic bags issued to Marine Corps Historic Half event participants during Packet Pick-up at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo will be accepted at runner bag check service.

Runners are allowed to carry or wear hydration packs and/or fuel belts.  Runners will not be allowed to wear any other type of backpack or rucksack without the authorization of the Marine Corps Historic Half. The wearing of any mask, hood or other device whereby a substantial portion of the face is hidden or covered so as to conceal the identity of the wearer is strictly prohibited. Runners and spectators cannot bring glass containers or flammable liquids into any event location. 

Please take the time in advance of event morning to become familiar with parking options for the Historic Half, Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K.  Special maps have been created for those groups with runners participating in multiple events and are featured in the transportation section of the Historic Half webpage.

Additionally, the current Historic Half weather forecast has temperatures ranging from mid 60s to the 80s.  Given the expected temperatures, it is wise for runners to re-evaluate time goals.  Slowing a planned pace may allow runners to participate with confidence and potentially avoid overheating in the early miles, leading to a less than satisfactory experience.  Runners and spectators are encouraged to actively prepare for the heat by monitoring the forecast, hydrating, dressing appropriately and wearing sunscreen. 

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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