5ive Mile Course

On Sunday, May 17, 2020 the Historic Half welcomes the Semper 5ive presented by Navy Federal Credit Union. The five mile distance run hosts 1,400 runners on a journey from Washington Ave. to a quaint Caroline Street past Old Mill Park before arriving at Hospital Hill on the way to the impressive Historic Half finish line. All participants receive a technical short sleeve shirt. Finishers are awarded an impressive medal featuring an original design inspired by the Historic Half Weekend theme.


The five mile journey begins at 6:40 a.m. adjacent to James Monroe High School on Fredericksburg’s Washington Ave. Runners travel past scenic Old Mill Park on Caroline St. to Riverside Drive where they catch a stunning view of the Rappahannock River. At the end of Riverside Drive, runners turn left into the Fall Hill Avenue then right on Hanson Avenue and Village Lane before returning to 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.

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Hospital Hill

The Semper 5ive challenges runners to “Marine Up” and scale Hospital Hill, the 0.53-mile segment of the course. Runners arrive at Mary Washington Healthcare campus halfway through the five mile journey. Hospital Hill begins an uphill climb that peaks at Cowan Boulevard at I95 and consumes much of the second half of the event course. 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 Semper 5ive, means a runner has conquered Hospital Hill.

Water Points

  • Mary Washington Blvd just past Fall Hill Traffic Circle
  • Hospital Drive on Mary Washington Hospital Campus
  • 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 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:

  • Semper 5ive/Devil Dog Double start area
  • Hospital Drive before traffic circle at top of Care Way
  • Along Carl D. Silver Parkway at Eye Care Center
  • Start/finish at the finish on Carl D. Silver Parkway

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.


The Semper 5ive timing system utilizes a light-weight disposable UHF RFID tag that stays mounted on the runner's bib, embedded in the reverse side. No action is required of runners beyond wearing the assigned bib. The "B-tag" records a runner’s official time, beginning when a participant crosses the start line and concluding as he or she passes the finish. Runners receive their B-tag on their event bib.


Semper 5ive participants may check their approved clear bag (received during Packet Pick-up) on event morning at baggage trucks adjacent to the Semper 5ive start line. The Semper 5ive start is located at James Monroe High School on Washington Avenue. Baggage support vehicles are located adjacent to the start until 6:25 a.m. Runners can pick up their items post-event in the Historic Half Finish Festival located outside the Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center at 2371 Carl D. Silver Parkway.


There will be no pre-event shuttle to the Semper 5ive start line from Central Park.

Semper 5ive participants can park at any of these locations near the start:

1. James Monroe High School – 2300 Washington Avenue
2. Mary Washington Healthcare Administration Building – 2300 Fall Hill Avenue
3. Mary Washington Healthcare parking lots located at intersection of Fall Hill Avenue and Progress, Germania and Elm Streets

From any of these parking lots, participants will walk a short distance to the start line in front of James Monroe High School on Washington Avenue. There is not fee to park in these public lots.

Runners can also be dropped off by family and friends at Fall Hill Avenue and Progress Street (near PNC Bank), and access the start line by walking straight on Fall Hill Avenue for a short distance.

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All Semper 5ive participants will board post-event shuttles (free of charge) from the Central Park Walmart. Shuttles will begin approximately 8:00 a.m. when Cowan Boulevard opens from vehicle traffic and will return participants to the intersection of Germania and Fall Hill Avenue near James Monroe High School and the adjacent parking lots through 11:15 a.m. on event morning.

There will be no pre-event shuttle service to the Semper 5ive start line. Participants are required to park in designated locations adjacent to the start.

Runners and spectators can reunite at the Family Link-up area, located outside the Expo Center. To coordinate link up, meet under the flag bearing the first letter of the runner's last name. The flags are designated as follows: A-B-C, D-E-F-G, H-I-J-K, L-M-N-O, P-Q-R-S, T-U-V-W-X-Y-Z.

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