SunTrust Richmond Marathon Breaks All-Time Event Entry Record

11/12/2009 - 17:12

Suntrstmar.jpgRICHMOND, VA –The SunTrust Richmond Marathon, which will celebrate its 32nd running Saturday, Nov 14, has broken its all-time event registration record.

As of Tuesday Nov 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 until 11:59 pm, Wednesday Nov 11.

Walk-up registration will be available at the Health & Fitness Expo at the Arthur Ashe Center on Thursday, Nov 12 from 5 to 9 pm and Friday, Nov 13 from 11 am to 9 pm. There is no race day registration or packet pick up! The SunTrust Richmond Marathon will be held on Saturday, Nov 14 beginning at 8 am at 7th and Broad Streets in downtown Richmond. It is preceded by the HCA Virginia 8K at 7 am and the McDonald’s Half-Marathon at 7:30 am. The Richmond Times-Dispatch Kids Run takes place on Friday, Nov 13 at 7 pm 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 culminating with the SunTrust Richmond Marathon. Almost 200 readers paid to be a part of the program. Runner’s World Editor-in-Chief David Willey, along with 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, 10kK splits for half marathoners, and finish results for all three races. Friends and 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.

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