Marine Corps Historic Half

Days Till Event 166
Date of Event 05.19.2024
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


6:00 am edt


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

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
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 stations

FS 1: Charlotte and Caroline Streets – Honey Stinger Energy Chews: Fruit Smoothie
FS 2: Fall Hill and Linden Avenues – Jelly Belly Sport Beans: Variety

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

Jelly Belly Sports Beans Stacked Logo

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 5: Cowan Boulevard and Hospital Drive
  • AS Start /Finish: Carl D. Silver Parkway


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


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: DJ Manny Vega
  • James Monroe High School: In Step Entertainment
  • Mile 7: Colonial Heritage Society Dancers
  • Mile 7: Dixie Power Trio Band
  • Mile 9: wear blue: run to remember mile
  • Mile 10: Doug Marshall Blue Grass Band
  • Mile 13: Band of Brothers Cheer Station

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 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 For more information on Thunder Alley, visit here.

HH Awards


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


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 Historic Half

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.