Marine Corps Historic Half

Days Till Event 102
Date of Event 05.21.2023
The Marine Corps Historic Half is perfectly situated halfway between the capital of the Commonwealth in Richmond and the nation’s capital. The hugely popular Marine Corps Historic Half has made historic Fredericksburg a fashionable spring weekend getaway.
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OVERVIEW

The 13.1 mile run in Fredericksburg, VA on May 21, 2023 at 6:00 a.m. boasts a fantastic finisher medal, terrific technical participant shirt and a start ceremony concluding with the shout of a town crier and the blast of a vintage musket. Registration is now open.

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Registration

It’s the greatest half in history! Run through historic Fredericksburg from the retail hub of Central Park, through quaint downtown shops and restaurants, up Hospital Hill to a finish line bathed in stars and stripes. It’s a 13.1 mile journey with support from the U.S. Marines. Participants must be 14 years or older and able to maintain 17 minute mile pace.

2023 Teams competition

Do you have a group of friends, classmates, service members or more that all run? The Marine Corps Marathon Organization is excited to announce the addition of an affiliated-based Teams competition to the live Marine Corps Historic Half. Gather your squad and get ready to take on the mission!

Semper Fidelis Challenge

In 2023, the Semper Fidelis Challenge will now encapsulate the Marine Corps Marathon Organization’s three premiere events and bring them together in an exciting new way. Runners who qualify for the challenge will complete the following live events:

Participants interested in the Semper Fidelis Challenge should register for each event individually. There are no additional registration requirements. MCMO will monitor those who qualify in-house.

Finishers will receive all three event medals, plus an exclusive challenge medal. Additionally, individuals will now have the chance to compete for category awards.

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Distinguished participant

The Distinguished Participant medal will be presented to runners who have participated in all MCMO LIVE events in 2023:

  • Marine Corps 17.75K in March
  • One of the Historic Half events (13.1, Semper 5ive or Devil Dog Double) in May
  • Quantico 12K in August
  • One of the Marine Corps Marathon Weekend events (MCM, MCM50K or MCM10K) in October
  • Turkey Trot 10K in November

The Distinguished Participant medal, recognizing a year-long commitment to running with the Marines, is awarded to qualified runners after they finish the live and in-person Turkey Trot in November.

Distinguished Participant 2023

Transfers

After registering, some runners determine they are unable to participate in the Historic Half or desire to switch to a shorter distance event. These runners may opt to transfer their entry to a non-registered runner or change events through the Transfer Program. Runners often find transfer partners on the MCM Facebook page. Additionally, the transfer program offers registered runners the opportunity to switch between Historic Half Weekend events.

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runcoach

Run your best Marine Corps Historic Half with Runcoach for a one-time fee of $45 (60% discount)! Runners who train with the Runcoach app and coaching service improve finishing times by an average of 7 percent.  Get an exclusive membership for Runcoach Premium, have all your 1:1 questions answered, and train to race day with your coach by your side (normally $24.95/month).

Refundable Registration

Participants who are concerned they may not be able to participate in a Marine Corps Marathon Organization event can pay an additional service fee (14% of all items purchased, excluding event processing fees) for a 100% refund. The service fee will be the only amount not refunded. Refundable registration must be purchased as part of the registration process. Participants cannot go back and purchase once registration is complete.

For more information on the perils covered by refundable registration visit: https://refundable.me/haku/.

Please note, refundable registration does not cover the following:

  • If the participant does not attend the event because they are concerned about the coronavirus (COVID-19) or are self-isolating without a positive COVID-19 test or other non-COVID-19 communicable diseases leading to quarantines or travel restrictions.
  • If event organizers cancel the race.
  • Processing fees associated with items (entry fee, ancillary products, etc.) purchased during the application process.

Corrections

Between registration and participation, updates to a runner’s personal information may be necessary. Runners may send an email with specific changes to mcmcustomerservice@usmc-mccs.org. The corrected participant information may require several days before appearing in the database.

iron mile company

Named after the Iron Mines Company, a mining and smelting operation founded in nearby Spotsylvania in 1725, the 82 runners comprising the Iron Mile Company have completed every Marine Corps Historic Half since its inception in 2008.

Membership in this exclusive group must be maintained by continuing to run and finish the Historic Half every year. Since 2017, a finish in the Devil Dog Double also qualifies. The current company is comprised of 29 women and 52 men. The youngest runner is 30; the oldest is 76. Iron Mile members hail from 8 states and the District of Columbia with 23 runners from right here in Fredericksburg!

Each runner in the Iron Mile Company has displayed their dedication and resiliency by conquering the distance virtually in 2020 and 2021 before returning to once again run live in 2022. Who will continue to be Iron Made in 2023?

Delaware
Suni Edson

Georgia
Shannon Riffe-Orca
Amanda Stift

Illinois
Trent Runyon

Maryland
Charles Cook
David Huryk
Andrew Kimmell
Carlos Mendes
Daniel Pannullo, Sr.
Simon Reynolds
Samuel Santos

North Carolina
Mary Castro
David DeHart

New York
Daniel Payne

Ohio
Paula Banks
Anne Denton

Pennsylvania
Robert Abbott
Robert Muhlhauser
Beth Muhlhauser

Virginia
Richard Agnew, Jr.
Denver Alexander, III*

James Armond*
Francisco Barboza*
Jennifer Bonney*
Kevin Bouffard*
Dennis Bradecamp*
Bob Brammer*
David Bridi*
Christopher Brock
Michael Buck*
Anthony Capizzi
Christopher Cella
Brett Chappell*
Kim Crisp
Vic Culp*
Timothy Daniels
Matthew Denson*
Laurie Dishman
Kathy Early
Rex Edwards
Sharon Firewicz*
Mark Glass*
Jim Gogan
Stephanie Hayden*
Julie Heflin*
Jeffrey Higgins*
Beth Howser
Jack Hyland*
Robyn Johnson
Joseph Kairys
Michael Kimes
Joseph Kingman*
Sandra Latta
Evan Lewis
Laura Linville
Steve Lisco*
Christian Lisco*
Gilbert Macias
Nick Marino
Sylvia Nelson
Lance Nelson

Kerry O’Neill*
Odysseas Pentakalos
Debbie Pereira
Joe Pereira
Robert Platt
Thomas Presecan
Tammy Rall
Anna Sargent
Susan Snead
Joseph Soley
Lawrence Taber
Kelli Tate
Donna Ubben
Gregory Ubben
Vickie Veley
Jerry Warden
Dan Weidensaul
Cindy Whitehead*
Amy Wilmerton
Gary Winch

Washington D.C.
Annie Cocchiaro

*Local to Fredericksburg

Register for the Historic Half

THE MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF IS PERFECTLY SITUATED HALFWAY BETWEEN THE CAPITAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN RICHMOND AND THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THE HUGELY POPULAR MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF HAS MADE HISTORIC FREDERICKSBURG A FASHIONABLE SPRING WEEKEND GETAWAY.

Semper 5ive

Conquer Hospital Hill and celebrate completing the Semper 5ive! The 5 mile run in Fredericksburg, VA on May 21, 2023 boasts a fantastic finisher medal, terrific technical participant shirt and more.

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registration

Semper 5ive registration is now open to ages 10 and above. Participants must be able to maintain a 20 minute per mile pace.

transfer

After registering for the live Semper 5ive some runners unfortunately are unable to participate. These runners may opt to transfer their entry to a non-registered runner through the Transfer Program. The MCM doesn’t assist in the identification of individuals to receive a transfer. Runners often find transfer partners on the MCM Facebook page.

Course

The five mile journey begins at 7:00 a.m. adjacent to James Monroe High School on Fredericksburg’s Washington Ave. Runners travel past scenic Old Mill Park on Caroline Street to Riverside Drive where they catch a stunning view of the Rappahannock River. At the end of Riverside Drive, runners turn right into Fall Hill Avenue.

From Fall Hill Avenue, runners circle right around the traffic circle and turn right onto Mary Washington Boulevard traveling along the road as runners turn right on Hospital Drive presenting runners with the challenge of Hospital Hill at mile 2.5. At the top of Hospital Hill, runners remain right around the traffic circle. They continue straight on Hospital Drive, remaining with the traffic pattern.

Course map is coming soon.

water points

  • Mary Washington Blvd just past Fall Hill Traffic Circle
  • Along Cowan Blvd near Hospital Drive
  • Cowan Blvd prior to Carl D. Silver Parkway

aid stations

Aid Stations provide basic medical and Basic Life Support care along the Semper 5ive course with support from proud sponsor, Mary Washington Healthcare, the Naval Health Clinic Quantico and other volunteers.

Fredericksburg Emergency Medical Services (EMS), along with mutual aid partners from the surrounding areas, provide bike teams, medical gators and EMS transport in support of the event. Each Aid Station is equipped with an AED, as well as other medical supplies needed to care for participants.

Aid Stations are located:

  • Semper 5ive start area
  • Hospital Hill
  • Along Carl D. Silver Parkway at Eye Care Center
  • Finish line

packet pick-up

All Historic Half Weekend participants are required to attend Packet Pick-up, located within the Healthy Lifestyle Expo to obtain the official bib with timing device and technical competitor shirt. Runners are required to bring the e-Card and a photo ID to Packet Pick-up. e-Cards are emailed to all participants in the weeks prior to the event.

Runners are highly encouraged to pick up their own materials and verify personal information.

For runners unable to attend Packet Pick-up, proxy pick-up is an available option. Runners may designate an individual to obtain their bib and event materials. The individual picking up the bib for a registered runner must present a hard copy of the completed e-Card with a copy of the runner’s photo ID, as well as a copy of his/her ID. Please obtain the runner’s preferred shirt size. e-Cards are emailed to the registered runner before the event. Parents may sign waiver and retrieve packets for their children under 18 years of age.

Packet Pick-up is not available on event morning.

parking and transportation

On event morning, Semper 5ive participants will have many parking opportunities available within Central Park, the shopping complex in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with over 200 stores, restaurants and businesses. The complex is located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Route 3. A shuttle will take Semper 5ive participants from parking to the event start area.

Pre-event Shuttle: There will be a pre-event shuttle service to the Semper 5ive start area. Semper 5ive participants can utilize the many parking opportunities available within Central Park. Pre-race shuttles will launch from near the Hilton Garden Inn located near the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center. Semper 5ive participants should head toward the MCHH start line from Central Park to access this location. Pre-event shuttles will begin at 5:00 a.m. and run through 6:15 a.m.

Spectators are welcome to ride the shuttle to the Semper 5ive start line. However, there will be no shuttles back to the finish line area. Spectators will be responsible for their own transportation back

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Semper 5ive awards
Semper 5ive runner
Semper 5ive Runner
Semper 5ive Award Winner
Semper 5ive Hospital Hill
Semper 5ive Runners

Register for the Historic Half

THE MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF IS PERFECTLY SITUATED HALFWAY BETWEEN THE CAPITAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN RICHMOND AND THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THE HUGELY POPULAR MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF HAS MADE HISTORIC FREDERICKSBURG A FASHIONABLE SPRING WEEKEND GETAWAY.

devil dog double

The Devil Dog Double combines the Semper 5ive, a five-mile run, with the Historic Half, which covers 13.1 miles from Central Park, through the city’s historic streets, along the river and up Hospital Hill, totaling 18.1 miles. Complete both events within the 12 minute mile pacing requirement to earn three impressive finisher medals.

registration

Registration for the Devil Dog Double on May 21, 2023 is now open to ages 14 and above. Participants must maintain a 12 minute per mile pace.

course

Devil Dog Double participants will begin the morning at the start of the Marine Corps Historic Half at 6:00 a.m. Runners must complete the half marathon and make the turnaround by 9:50 a.m. before immediately beginning the final five mile leg. The 18.1 mile course remains open until 11:00 a.m. Runners are required to complete the Marine Corps Historic Half with a 12:00 minute per mile pace or faster and maintain a 12 minute per mile pace for the final five mile leg.

Course map coming soon.

water points

  • WP 1/6: Cowan Blvd near Hospital Drive
  • WP 2: Sunken Road at Sylvania Street
  • WP 3: Fall Hill Avenue at Quarles Lot
  • WP 4: Sophia Street at Rappahannock Regional Library
  • WP 5: Mary Washington Blvd. after Fall Hill Traffic Circle
  • WP 7: Cowan Blvd prior to Carl D. Silver Parkway

aid stations

Five Aid Stations provide basic medical and Basic Life Support care along both, the Semper 5ive, Devil Dog Double and Historic Half courses with support from proud sponsor, Mary Washington Healthcare, the Naval Health Clinic Quantico and other volunteers.

Fredericksburg Emergency Medical Services (EMS), along with mutual aid partners from the surrounding areas, provide bike teams, medical gators and EMS transport in support of the event. Each Aid Station is equipped with an AED, as well as other medical supplies needed to care for Historic Half participants.

Aid Stations are located:

  • AS 1: Hugh Mercer Elementary School
  • AS 2: Corner of William St. and Sunken Rd. (Apartment side)
  • AS 3: Fredericksburg Visitor’s Center
  • AS 4: Hospital Hill
  • AS 5: Eye Care Center
  • AS Start (Historic Half & DDD)/Finish (All three events): Carl D. Silver Parkway

food stations

  • FS 1: Caroline Street at Visitor’s Center
  • FS 2: Fall Hill Avenue at Linden Avenue

packet pick-up

All Historic Half Weekend participants are required to attend Packet Pick-up, located within the Healthy Lifestyle Expo to obtain the official bib with timing device and technical competitor shirt. Runners must bring the e-Card and a photo ID to Packet Pick-up. E-Cards are emailed to all participants in the weeks prior to the event.

Runners are highly encouraged to pick up their own materials and verify personal information.

For runners unable to attend Packet Pick-up, proxy pick-up is an available option. Runners may designate an individual to obtain their bib and event materials. The individual picking up the bib for a registered runner must present a hard copy of the completed e-Card with a copy of the runner’s photo ID, as well as a copy of his/her ID. Please obtain the runner’s preferred shirt size. e-Cards are emailed to the registered runner before the event. Parents may sign waiver and retrieve packets for their children under 18 years of age.

Packet Pick-up is not available on event morning.

parking

On event morning, participants and spectators can walk to the Historic Half and Devil Dog Double start line from the many parking opportunities available within Central Park, the shopping complex in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with over 200 stores, restaurants and businesses. The complex is located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Route 3. The Historic Half and Devil Dog Double start and finish is located at Carl D Silver Parkway and Haymarket Street.

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HH Start 2
DDD Female Winner
DDD Runner with Medals
DDD Runner

Register for the Historic Half

THE MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF IS PERFECTLY SITUATED HALFWAY BETWEEN THE CAPITAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN RICHMOND AND THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THE HUGELY POPULAR MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF HAS MADE HISTORIC FREDERICKSBURG A FASHIONABLE SPRING WEEKEND GETAWAY.

The 13.1 mile course features historical attractions; a quaint downtown with unique shops and chef-owned restaurants; a run alongside the Rappahannock River; and the now-famous Hospital Hill. Ideally situated halfway between Washington, DC, the nation’s capital, and Richmond, the capital of the Commonwealth, the Marine Corps Historic Half introduces runners to Fredericksburg, VA, an ideal weekend getaway spot.

Course map coming soon!

Hospital Hill

Hospital hill

Like the Marine Corps Marathon, the Marine Corps Historic Half in Fredericksburg has its own vertical challenge: Hospital Hill, a 0.53-mile segment of the 13.1-mile course. Runners arrive at Mary Washington Healthcare campus at mile 10.5. Hospital Hill is in the middle of a two-mile uphill climb that peaks at Cowan Boulevard crossing over Interstate 95. The much-talked-about Hospital Hill stretches over 930 yards in which the hill’s elevation doubles from 100 feet to 200 feet, or the equivalent of climbing to the top of a ten story building. Add to this the tease of a slight leveling off partway up Hospital Hill before encountering another eight percent grade. To finish the Historic Half, Devil Dog Double or Semper 5ive, means a runner has conquered Hospital Hill.

Register for the Historic Half

THE MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF IS PERFECTLY SITUATED HALFWAY BETWEEN THE CAPITAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN RICHMOND AND THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THE HUGELY POPULAR MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF HAS MADE HISTORIC FREDERICKSBURG A FASHIONABLE SPRING WEEKEND GETAWAY.

general information

runner’s Guide

Packet Pickup

All Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend participants are required to attend Packet Pick-up, located within the Healthy Lifestyle Expo to obtain the official bib with timing device and technical competitor shirt. Runners are required to bring the e-Card and a photo ID to Packet Pick-up. e-Cards are emailed to all participants in the weeks prior to the event.

Runners are highly encouraged to pick up their own materials and verify personal information.

For runners unable to attend Packet Pick-up, proxy pick-up is an available option. Runners may designate an individual to obtain their bib and event materials. The individual picking up the bib for a registered runner must present a hard copy of the completed e-Card with a copy of the runner’s photo ID, as well as a copy of his/her ID. Please be sure to obtain the runner’s preferred shirt size. e-Cards are emailed to the registered runner before the event. Parents may sign waiver and retrieve packets for their children under 18 years of age.

Packet Pick-up is not available on event morning.

PARTICIPANT BIB

The official MCHH, Devil Dog Double and Semper 5ive participant bibs feature the timing device attached to the reverse side of the bib. These must remain in place for proper timing to occur.

Emergency medical and contact information form is also on the back of the bib. All participants must complete this information.

The UPS Baggage Sticker will be attached to the reverse side of every bib. The sticker features the runner’s bib number and the assigned UPS truck to be utilized for baggage drop off and pick up on event day. Carefully peel the front of the sticker off the backing and attached to the clear plastic bag to facilitate easy identification by UPS volunteers.

Spectators

Track a Runner

Relatives, friends, running buddies and even Historic Half participants themselves can follow a runner’s progress along the Historic Half course in real time. The virtual status reports will provide updates for one or multiple runners from various split locations and the finish line.

The timing data may be delivered by text, posted on a Facebook timeline, sent via email and/or sent over Twitter feed. During registration for this service, individuals may select the preferred means to receive updates. Registration for Track a Runner will be available soon.

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Viewing Locations

The Marine Corps Historic Half welcomes thousands of spectators and local residents who proudly cheer and show enthusiastic support for runners along he entire13.1 mile course. From sidewalks to front porches to storefronts, Fredericksburg embraces Historic Half participants and spectators animate an energize this historic city. Scenic neighborhoods, bands, shops and entertainers, there are a variety of on-course spots where spectators and residents can enjoy the day and motivate the runners.

  • Location #1: Historic Half and Devil Dog Double Start – Be there for all ceremonial excitement in front of the Expo & Convention Center
  • Location #2: Semper 5ive Start – adjacent to James Monroe High School ****PLEASE NOTE**** There will be no shuttle service to bring spectators to the finish line from the Semper 5ive start line
  • Location #3: Washington Avenue – near the scenic Kenmore Plantation
  • Location #4: Prince Edward Street – watch the runners from the picturesque Historic District
  • Location #5: Princess Anne Street – view the runners in Historic Downtown
  • Location #6: Caroline Street and Charlotte Street – cheer on the runners outside the Fredericksburg Visitors Center
  • Location #7: Caroline Street and George Street – see the Colonial Heritage Society Dancers perform in front of Goolrick’s Pharmacy
  • Location #8: Riverside Drive – cheer on runners adjacent to the picturesque Rappahannock
  • Location #9: Hospital Drive at Care Way- motivate runners for the top of “Hospital Hill” – the challenging hill on the course
  • Location #10: Cowan Boulevard at Central Park (by the Car Wash)- Cheer on your runners the aerial display of the US flag by the Fredericksburg Fire Department
  • Location #11: Congratulate your runner at the finish line located in front of the Virginia Credit Union Stadium, home of the Fredericksburg Nationals

volunteers

Lend a hand

Opportunities to work alongside U.S. Marines range from assembling runner packets and shirts to supporting a water point, food station, medical aid station, runner’s hospitality or the start and finish areas on event day.
All volunteers take pride in supporting thousands of individuals striving to achieve a running goal.

Volunteers receive a commemorative shirt and a certificate for each event supported. Individuals and groups are encouraged to volunteer throughout the year. Support opportunities are announced at a minimum of six weeks prior to each event.

Plan Your Trip

Step into historic downtown Fredericksburg to find a place steeped in historic, culture and modern amenities. Fredericksburg’s rich history dates back to the early 18th century. George Washington grew up across the river from Fredericksburg, and the City is still dotted with remnants of the Washington family’s footprints. Fredericksburg contributed heavily to the American cause during the Revolutionary War, and Thomas Jefferson and others met here to draft the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Many buildings of the era still line the streets of Fredericksburg. Located halfway between the two Civil War capitals, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA, Fredericksburg was battered bloody for three years.

Today’s Fredericksburg has preserved its memories well. Its large downtown historic district is dotted with Colonial structures and reminders of those who lived and worked here. Its Civil War past is inescapable. A major National Park interprets the battles, and the city still shows its glories and its scars. While its history is rich, Fredericksburg’s best days lie ahead. Its highly walkable Historic District is filled with topnotch restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, parks and retail stores. The Rappahannock River Heritage Trail takes a beautiful 3-mile loop around the city, including a particularly lovely stretch along the Rappahannock River. Central Park offers another terrific shopping and dining destination. We know you will enjoy your stay!

Learn more about Fredericksburg restaurants, coffee shops, weekend activities and more!

Register for the Historic Half

THE MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF IS PERFECTLY SITUATED HALFWAY BETWEEN THE CAPITAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN RICHMOND AND THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THE HUGELY POPULAR MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF HAS MADE HISTORIC FREDERICKSBURG A FASHIONABLE SPRING WEEKEND GETAWAY.

runner’s Guide

START TIME

6:00 am edt

ARRIVAL DETAILS

The Marine Corps Historic Half starts at 6 a.m. on Carl D. Silver Parkway in Fredericksburg, Va.

water points

WP 1/6: Along Cowan Blvd near Hospital Drive
WP 2: Sunken Road at Sylvania Street
WP 3: Fall Hill Avenue at Quarles Lot
WP 4: Sophia Street at Rappahannock Regional Library
WP 5: Mary Washington Blvd after traffic circle
WP 7: Cowan Blvd prior to Carl D. Silver Parkway

food stations

FS 1: Caroline Street at Visitor’s Center
FS 2: Fall Hill Avenue at Linden Avenue

Jelly Belly Sports Beans

Jelly Belly Sports Beans will be available on the course. Jelly Belly Sports Beans assorted mix which includes a random mix of these flavors: berry, pear, fruit punch, lemon lime, orange, and green apple. Visit www.sportbeans.com.

Jelly Belly Sports Beans Stacked Logo

aid stations

Five Aid Stations provide basic medical and Basic Life Support care along both, the Semper 5ive, Devil Dog Double and Historic Half courses with support from proud sponsor, Mary Washington Healthcare, the Naval Health Clinic Quantico and other volunteers.

Fredericksburg Emergency Medical Services (EMS), along with mutual aid partners from the surrounding areas, provide bike teams, medical gators and EMS transport in support of the event. Each Aid Station is equipped with an AED, as well as other medical supplies needed to care for Historic Half participants.Aid Stations are located:

  • AS 1: Hugh Mercer Elementary School
  • AS 2: Corner of William and Sunken (apartment side)
  • AS 3: Visitor’s Center
  • AS 4: Hospital Hill
  • AS 5: Eye Care Center
  • AS Start (Historic Half & DDD)/Finish (All three events): Carl D. Silver Parkway
  • AS Semper 5ive Start: SE corner John Monroe High School near Washington at Bunker Hill
HH Town Crier and Musket Shooter

Entertainment

The Historic Half searches for local and regional musicians, performers, and cheer squads to entertain participants along the 13.1 mile course in Fredericksburg, Virginia. This year’s entertainment lineup features:

  • Start/Finish: Blue Gray Therapy Dogs
  • Start/Finish: Town Crier
  • Start/Finish: Manny Vega
  • Mile 5: University Mary Washington Pipe Band
  • Mile 7: Thunder Alley
  • Mile 7: Washington Heritage Museums
  • Mile 7: Colonial Heritage Society Dancers
  • Mile 7: Dixie Power Trio Band
  • Mile 8: Doug Marshall Band
  • Mile 9: wear blue
  • Mile 10: Brooks
  • Mile 12: In-Step Entertainment

wear blue: Run to remember mile

With the Rappahannock River rushing in the background, carefully selected images of fallen service members and boldly waving American flags will line the edges of the canal path along Old Mill Park. Highlighted as the most patriotic mile on a race course, the wear blue Mile will inspire and motivate. To honor a fallen service member with wear blue: run to remember at the Historic Half, please visit http://www.wearblueruntoremember.org/marine-corps-historicwear blue: run to remember is a national nonprofit dedicated to empowering families of the fallen, supporting our military and their families, and remembering the service members who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Thunder Alley

Local businesses and spectators are coming together with cowbells and clappers to cheer on runners as they pass through Downtown Fredericksburg. If your organization or business would like to participate, please contact info@fxbg.org. For more information on Thunder Alley, visit here.

HH Awards

awards

Awards are presented to the overall male and female winners as well as the age category top finishers of each event.

FINISHER CERTIFICATES

Finisher Certificates may be accessed by clicking the arrow next to a runner name on the results page. Each runner may individualize the certificate by selecting up to four badges that reflect the runner’s experience at the MCHH. Options include: First timer, PR, Running in Honor, Marine Spouse and First MCHH among others. Certificates feature overall, gender and age group rankings.

Register for the Historic Half

THE MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF IS PERFECTLY SITUATED HALFWAY BETWEEN THE CAPITAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN RICHMOND AND THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THE HUGELY POPULAR MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF HAS MADE HISTORIC FREDERICKSBURG A FASHIONABLE SPRING WEEKEND GETAWAY.

weekend event schedule

eventdate & timetypelocation
Healthy Lifestyle Expo Opening CeremonyMay 19 3:30 – 4PM EDTCeremonyFredericksburg Convention & Expo Center
Healthy LifeStyle ExpoMay 19 4 – 8 PM EDT
May 20 9AM – 6 PM EDT
TradeshowFredericksburg Convention & Expo Center
Oscar Mike DinnerMay 20 6 PM EDTDinnerVirginia Credit Union Stadium, Club Suite
Marine Corps Historic HalfMay 21 6 AM EDT StartRaceCarl D. Silver Pwky
Devil Dog Double May 21 6 AM EDT StartRaceCarl D. Silver Pwky
Semper 5iveMay 21 6 AM EDT StartRaceJames Monroe High School
MCHH Finish FestivalMay 21 6:30 AM – 12 PM EDTFestivalWegman’s Parking Lot

Healthy LifeStyle Expo

May 19 & may 20 AT THE fredericksburg convention & Expo center

At the Healthy Lifestyle Expo, Marine Corps Historic Half Weekend participants pick up their packets including the official bib with timing device and competitor shirt. Runners and supporters stop by selfie spots, meet celebrity guests and visit vendor booths covering a range of fitness activities, wellness products and active interests.

Located within the Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center at the Central Park shopping area and adjacent to Wegmans, the Historic Half Healthy Lifestyle Expo boasts plenty of free parking is available.

MCHH HEALThy lifestyle EXHIBITORS

Connect with a motivated crowd at the Marine Corps Historic Half Healthy Lifestyle Expo! Sample, sell, promote, and demonstrate to more than 25,000 runners and guests from the national capital region, the majority of all 50 states and all branches of military. Held indoors, the Expo is free to the public and conveniently located near restaurants, shops and Historic Downtown Fredericksburg. Take action to participate in Fredericksburg’s most impactful economic event and register for a booth your choice at the Expo. It is a great spring weekend event with advantageously priced booths in a big time event setting.

For more information about exhibiting at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo, please email drewry.atkins@usmc-mccs.org.

Devil dog double

Runners will be able to “go for two” by participating in both the five mile Semper 5ive and the 13.1 mile Marine Corps Historic Half on Sunday, May 21.

DDD Runner with Medals
Semper 5ive Runner

Semper 5ive

On Sunday, May 21, the five mile distance run hosts runners on a journey from the quaint Fall Hill neighborhood, past downtown historical sites, inviting cafes, unique museums and lovely boutiques before arriving at Hospital Hill on the way to the impressive Historic Half finish line. All participants receive a technical shirt. Finishers are awarded an impressive medal featuring an original design inspired by the Historic Half Weekend theme.

finish festival

A triumphant moment when participants reach the Historic Half finish line. Runners are motivated by the cheering masses lining the street on the final approach. Runners reach the massive stars and stripes archway signaling mission complete. Standing just inside the finish area, awaiting Marines present the symbol of accomplishment-a finisher medal. Runners enjoy this moment of mutual respect as the Marines extend congratulations to the runners and the runners expresses gratitude for the Marines service to our country. Runners proceed to the new Finish Festival location near the Wegman’s parking lot featuring sponsor booths, activities and post-event celebrations!

HH Finish Festival

Register for the Historic Half

THE MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF IS PERFECTLY SITUATED HALFWAY BETWEEN THE CAPITAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN RICHMOND AND THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THE HUGELY POPULAR MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF HAS MADE HISTORIC FREDERICKSBURG A FASHIONABLE SPRING WEEKEND GETAWAY.

Event parking

The Marine Corps Historic Half start is situated adjacent to Fredericksburg’s Central Park shopping district with plenty of free parking within walking distance.

On event morning, participants and spectators can walk to the Historic Half and Devil Dog Double start line from the many parking opportunities available within Central Park, the shopping complex in Fredericksburg, Virginia, with over 200 stores, restaurants and businesses. The complex is located near the intersection of Interstate 95 and State Route 3. The Historic Half and Devil Dog Double start and finish is located at the end of the main Central Park road-Carl D Silver Parkway.

HH Start Marines

Shuttles

semper 5ive runner shuttle

Pre-event: There will be a pre-event shuttle service to the Semper 5ive start area. Semper 5ive participants can utilize the many parking opportunities available within Central Park. Pre-race shuttles will launch from near the Hilton Garden Inn located near the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center. Semper 5ive participants should head toward the MCHH start line from Central Park to access this location.

Spectators are welcome to ride the shuttle to the Semper 5ive start line. However, there will be no shuttles back to the finish line area. Spectators will be responsible for their own transportation back.

What to do in FXBG

saturday downtown Shuttles

Free shuttles provided by the City of Fredericksburg and Trolley Tours of Fredericksburg will be available for all runners and their families. The shuttles will run from 9:00 a.m. through 9:00 p.m. on Saturday of Historic Half Weekend. The shuttles will run to and from the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center’s main entrance to these locations in historic downtown:

  • Hurkamp Park- William Street side
  • Fredericksburg Visitor Center- FRED bus stop across the street.
  • Goolricks Antiques- FRED bus stop, 925 Caroline Street.

Runners and their families should look for the blue and white Shuttle Stop signs.

road closures

Road Closures coming soon.

LODGING

Jems Sports Hospitality logo

MChh Hotels

In partnership with Jems Hospitality, we’ve secured discounted rates at a selection of Fredericksburg hotels. Through Jems, we’re able to offer you convenient and affordable options for your trip to the 2023 Marine Corps Historic Half. Jems is the only hotel provider endorsed by Marine Corps Historic Half, and we encourage you to book through them early for the best selection and price.

visit fxbg

Step into historic downtown Fredericksburg to find a place steeped in historic, culture and modern amenities. Fredericksburg’s rich history dates back to the early 18th century. George Washington grew up across the river from Fredericksburg, and the City is still dotted with remnants of the Washington family’s footprints. Fredericksburg contributed heavily to the American cause during the Revolutionary War, and Thomas Jefferson and others met here to draft the Virginia Statute for Religious Freedom. Many buildings of the era still line the streets of Fredericksburg. Located halfway between the two Civil War capitals, Washington, D.C., and Richmond, VA, Fredericksburg was battered bloody for three years.

Today’s Fredericksburg has preserved its memories well. Its large downtown historic district is dotted with Colonial structures and reminders of those who lived and worked here. Its Civil War past is inescapable. A major National Park interprets the battles, and the city still shows its glories and its scars. While its history is rich, Fredericksburg’s best days lie ahead. Its highly walkable Historic District is filled with topnotch restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, parks and retail stores. The Rappahannock River Heritage Trail takes a beautiful 3-mile loop around the city, including a particularly lovely stretch along the Rappahannock River. Central Park offers another terrific shopping and dining destination. We know you will enjoy your stay!

Learn more about Fredericksburg restaurants, coffee shops, weekend activities and more!


Register for the Historic Half

THE MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF IS PERFECTLY SITUATED HALFWAY BETWEEN THE CAPITAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN RICHMOND AND THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THE HUGELY POPULAR MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF HAS MADE HISTORIC FREDERICKSBURG A FASHIONABLE SPRING WEEKEND GETAWAY.

Virtual Info

Participants will have from May 6 to May 21 to complete their virtual Historic Half Event.

A virtual finish will not count toward the Semper Fidelis Challenge, Distinguished Participant medal or Iron Mile Company.

virtual registration

You asked and we listened! Virtual options are back by popular demand. A limited number of entries will be available for participants who choose to take on 5, 13.1 or 18.1 miles. Virtual finishers will not be eligible for the Distinguished Participant medal or the Semper Fidelis Challenge.

instructions

Participant Bib

Registered virtual runners may download a personal participant bib to wear or display. Bibs are now available.

To Download your Virtual Bib:

  • Log into your Participant Account (username is your email)
  • Click “Your Registrations”
  • Click on your Historic Half event registration
  • Click “Download Your Virtual Bib”

Connect a wearable

Participants have the option to link their personal wearables to their account to track their mileage and submit results. This should be done prior to starting your virtual event. Log into your participant account to view wearable options.

To sync your wearable:

  • Connect your wearable device.
  • Click on “Your devices” at the top of the screen and click “Connect” under your device.
  • Follow the steps to connect.
  • You will be prompted to log into your wearable device

Submitting Results

Runners are encouraged to submit their results through participant account in Haku.

Results may be submitted via a link to a public page from an app, a screenshot, a photo of a watch or treadmill or directly from a supported wearable device. Ensure to record both distance and time in your submission. Participants have until May 22, 2022 to input their finisher data.

To submit results manually:

  • Log into Participant Account
  • Click “Your Registrations”
  • Click on the specific event registration
  • Scroll to the bottom of registration information
  • Enter total finish time, distance completed and additional information.
  • Enter proof of finish time via link or photo (optional)
  • Click “Save” to complete your submission

To submit results from synced device:

  • Log into Participant Account
  • Click “Your Registrations.”
  • Select the event you are submitting time for
  • Click “Submit Activity” and “Log New Activity.”
  • Select “Add From Wearable.”
  • The data from your device will be displayed
  • Click “Select” to choose an activity to submit as your results.

Finisher Certificates

To download your virtual finisher certificate:

  • Log into Participant Account
  • Click “Your Registrations”
  • On the right side, click on “See Your Finisher Details”
  • Click on “View Your Results”
  • Click on “Download Finisher Certificate”

Register for the Historic Half

THE MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF IS PERFECTLY SITUATED HALFWAY BETWEEN THE CAPITAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH IN RICHMOND AND THE NATION’S CAPITAL. THE HUGELY POPULAR MARINE CORPS HISTORIC HALF HAS MADE HISTORIC FREDERICKSBURG A FASHIONABLE SPRING WEEKEND GETAWAY.