Marine Corps Historic Half

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Date of Event 05.18.2025
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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runner’s Guide

START TIME

6:00 am edt

ARRIVAL DETAILS

All runners and spectators will be screened upon entering the Start/Finish area.

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

The Historic Half start line will close at 6:15 a.m.

water points

Pre-MCHH: At the Start line
WP 1: Cowan Boulevard and Hospital Drive
WP 2: Sunken Road
WP 3: Washington Avenue
WP 4: Sophia and Lewis Streets
WP 5: Mary Washington Boulevard 
WP 6: Cowan Boulevard and Hospital Drive
WP 7: Cowan Boulevard and Carl D. Silver Parkway (Water only)
Finish: Bottled water from Wegmans and individually wrapped Nuun Sport tablet will be distributed in the hospitality area.

Nuun Endurance:  Lemon Lime flavor will also be available at all water points, with the exception of water station 7.

food station

FS 1: Charlotte and Caroline Streets

Jelly Belly Sport Beans

Jelly Belly Sport Beans will be available on the course. Jelly Belly Sport 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

Finish Line Hospitality

  • Mini Kate Bars from Kate’s Real Food
  • Wegmans banana
  • Wegmans fruit and nut bar
  • Veggie Sticks snack bags
  • Wegmans bottled water
  • Wegmans fruit cup
  • Wegmans applesauce
  • Nuun individually wrapped tablet

aid stations

Five Aid Stations provide basic medical and Basic Life Support care along the Historic Half course with support from proud sponsor, Mary Washington Healthcare, individuals from area Military Medical clinics and hospitals as well as 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: Old William and William Streets
  • AS 2: Washington Avenue
  • AS 3: Sophia and Lewis Streets
  • AS 4: Hospital Drive and Care Way
  • AS Start /Finish: Carl D. Silver Parkway

mom’s tent

New this year, the start and finish line will feature a MOM’s tent for runners who are breastfeeding. The tent will feature chairs, tables and electricity with coolers and baggage tags to store pumps.

Pace Groups

Elevated Running and Pacing has come on as the new pace group partner of the Marine Corps Historic Half. The following pace groups will be offered on race day: 1:40, 1:50, 1:55, 2:00, 2:05, 2:10, 2:15, 2:20, 2:25, 2:30, 2:40, 2:45, 2:50, 3:00, and 3:10.

Elevated Running and Pacing was established in 2021 by two experienced marathoners, ultra runners, and educators to bring together the highest quality pacers who are trained and ready to execute their pacing duties to the highest of standards.  Elevated pace teams bring together pacers from all over the nation and the world and is all about showcasing the highest level of quality while bringing the most fun to runners’ race day experience!

Baggage

Participants should use the clear plastic bag provided at Packet Pick-up to store personal items on event day. Check the bag at the Baggage Tent near the start/finish location in the Wegman’s parking lot and retrieve baggage from the same location after a successful finish.

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.

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.com. 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 Marine Corps Marathon Weekend

Recognized for impeccable organization on an iconic course managed by the US Marines in Arlington, VA and the nation’s capital, the Marine Corps Marathon is one of the largest marathons in the US and the world. Known as ‘the best marathon for beginners,’ the MCM is the largest marathon in the world that doesn’t offer prize money, earning its nickname, “The People’s Marathon.” The weekend also offers the MCM10K and MCM50K.