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The Marine Corps Historic Half will be held at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 15, 2016.  Held entirely within Fredericksburg city limits, the Historic Half will start in Fredericksburg's Central Park Shopping District adjacent to the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center located at 2371 Carl D Silver Parkway. On event morning, participants and spectators can walk to the Historic Half start line from the shuttle drop off location at the nearby Walmart or the ample parking opportunities within Central Park.  

BIBS AND TIMINGHistoric Half Bib Back
Runners will line up by expected finish time on the start line and will be able to choose their appropriate corral on race morning. Bib numbers are not related to corral assignments. The Marine Corps Historic Half utilizes Chronotrack Timing Systems, Inc. to record the results of runners. Each runner is provided a Disposable Timing Tag (B-tag) as part of their race materials. The B-Tag is a disposable UHF RFID tag that stays mounted on the runner’s bib.


Expected Finish Time  Corrals     Expected Finish Time Corrals 
up to 1:29:59 Elite      2:30:00 - 2:59:59 Corral 4
1:30:00 - 1:44:59 Corral 1      3:00:00 - 3:29:48 Corral 5
1:45:00 - 1:59:59 Corral 2      3:30:00 - 4:00:00 Corral 6
2:00:00 - 2:29:59 Corral 3         

The challenging Historic Half course gives runners a scenic tour of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Course description, directions and map are available below.

Please note: Participants must maintain a 18-minute-per-mile pace.


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 Half Button - Course Description  Half Button - Turn By Turn Half Button _ Street Opening Map 
**course map with photographer locations 

Runners should use the bag they obtained at Packet Pick-up to store personal items during the race. Check the bag at the Baggage Area at the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center prior to the race and retrieve baggage from the same location afterwards.  Backpacks or other baggage will not be accepted. Marines and volunteers will check and store the bags and facilitate the return of bags with proper verification and bib number. As a backup, participants are encouraged to enclose a business card or some other form of identification. The US Marine Corps and the Marine Corps Historic Half are not responsible for valuables placed in storage.

Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K runners should check their bags at the respective event start lines and not at the Expo & Conference Center. The baggage trucks will relocate from the 10K and 5K start lines to the finish for easy retrieval.

Runners and spectators bags should not be left unattended anywhere near the Historic Half course or the start and finish areas. Please keep all items in possession as a safety precaution and to avoid littering. Only clear plastic bags issued during Packet Pick-up will be allowed in the baggage tent located in the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center lot or on the Historic 10K and Semper Fred 5K baggage trucks. Clear bags will be issued during Packet Pick-up at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo. Packet Pick-up will be located inside the Expo Center on May 15 and 16. If a participant does not have a designated support person to maintain possession of any other items or baggage on event morning, the items should not be brought to the event.

WATER POINTSHistoric Half Water Point Photo
WP 1: Cowan Blvd in eastbound lanes at Hugh Mercer Elementary School entrance
WP 2: University of Mary Washington at Sunken Road and Sylvania Avenue
WP 3: Maury Street and Fall Hill Avenue 
WP 4: Caroline Street past Ford Street
WP 5: Mary Washington Blvd and Executive Center Pkwy
WP 6: Care Way on Mary Washington Hospital Campus

The Marine Corps Historic Half features Gatorade at all six water points.  The Gatorade flavor will be the Lemon Lime Endurance Formula.

AS 1/4: Along Carl D. Silver Parkway at the Sheetz gas station
AS 2: near Maury and Fall Hill Ave at the Quarels Building parking lot
AS 3: Care Way at Hospital Drive 
AS S/F: start/finish medical site on Carl D. Silver Parkway near Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center

Medical support, provided in part by Mary Washington Hospital, is also available in the finish area and from roaming medics on bicycles and ATV's throughout the course.


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Jelly Belly Sport Beans will be available at the intersection of Caroline and Charlotte Streets at the Fredericksburg Visitors Center.



Area Wide ProtectiveAs America's Traffic Control Leader, Area Wide Protective (AWP) will be providing traffic management services and traffic control devices for the Historic Half. AWP's support will include professional traffic control services. AWP's corporate team (based in Ohio) is also working with the Marine Corps to develop temporary traffic control plans for the event that will help ensure the safety of the runners, volunteers and the general public travelling through the Fredericksburg.

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