FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SunTrust Richmond Marathon Breaks All-Time Event Entry Record
Race entry records set for marathon and McDonald's Half Marathon
RICHMOND, VA –The SunTrust Richmond Marathon, which will celebrate its 32nd
running this Saturday, November 14, has broken its all-time event
registration record. As of Tuesday afternoon, November 10, over 14,650
participants have registered for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, McDonald's
Half Marathon, HCA Virginia 8k and Richmond Times-Dispatch Kids Run,
besting the mark of 14,601 set for last year's event. This marks the tenth
time in 11 years that the total event entry record has been set.
A total of 5,150 runners are currently signed up for the 26.2-mile SunTrust
Richmond Marathon. That breaks the marathon's previous record of 5,109 set
at the 30th anniversary running of "America's Friendliest Marathon" in
2007. This is the ninth time in eleven years that the marathon has set a
new entry. The marathon's companion race, the McDonald's Half Marathon, is
also at 5,150 registrants, easily besting the mark of 4,619 entered for
last year's inaugural 13.1-mile race.
Online registration for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, McDonald's Half
Marathon, HCA Virginia 8k and Richmond Times-Dispatch Kids Run is available
at www.richmondmarathon.org until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday November 11.
Walk-up registration will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo at the
Arthur Ashe Center on Thursday, November 12 from 5 to 9 p.m. and
Friday,Nov. 13 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. There is no race day registration or
packet pick up!
The SunTrust RichmondMarathon will be held on Saturday, November 14
beginning at 8 a.m. at 7th and Broad Streets in downtown Richmond. It is
preceded by the HCA Virginia 8k at 7 a.m. and the McDonald's Half Marathon
at 7:30 a.m. The Richmond Times-Dispatch Kids Run takes place on Friday,
November 13 at 7 p.m. at the Ashe Center, site of packet pick up.
SunTrust Richmond Marathon welcomes editorial staff of Runner's World
Magazine. The SunTrust Richmond Marathon is proud to be the race of choice
for the first-ever Runner's World Marathon Challenge, a 16-week online
training program culminatingwith the SunTrust RichmondMarathon this
Saturday. Almost 200 readers paid to be a part of the program. Runner's
WorldEditor-in-Chief David Willey, alongwith 13 other Runner's World
editors, will be running the SunTrust Richmond Marathon.
Live text/email alerts available on race day. The SunTrust Richmond
Marathon is proud to offer live results of the marathon, half marathon and
8k on race day through our website. The site will provide 13.1 and 20-mile
splits for marathoners, 10k splits for half marathoners, and finish results
for all three races. Friends & family can sign up for email/text alerts by
following the link on the homepage of the race website at
Event to impact traffic throughout Richmond. As the fields for the SunTrust
Richmond Marathon, McDonald's Half Marathon and HCA Virginia 8k have grown,
so has the need for increased street closings to accommodate the thousands
of participants. The primary message that Richmond area motorists should
heed on race day is to travel by interstate whenever possible. (A list of
street closings is attached).
2009 SunTrust RichmondMarathon Event Schedule
Thursday, November 12
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Health & Fitness Expo, Packet pick-up and walk-up
registration - Ashe Center
Friday, November 13
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Health & Fitness Expo, Packet pick-up and walk-up
registration - Ashe Center
7 p.m. Richmond Times-Dispatch Kids Run at Ashe Center
Saturday, November 14
7 a.m. sharp 8k start (9th & Broad St.)
7:30 a.m. sharp Half Marathon start (7th & Broad St.)
8 a.m. sharp Marathon start (7th & Broad St.)
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Finish Line Festival
11 a.m. Half Marathon course closes
3 p.m. Marathon course closes
For media seeking more information, please call Scott Schricker at 285-9495
x229 or 218-9689 (mobile).