Marine Corps Historic Half
Every May, Fredericksburg, Virginia hosts the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon, dubbed “the greatest half in history”. The course covers 13.1 miles of the city, including parts of historic Downtown and the infamous “Hospital Hill”. Cheering crowds and members of the US Marine Corps line the streets to support runners. Local businesses, including a number of veteran owned businesses, are proud to support the runners. In addition to the Historic Half Marathon, events include the Semper 5ive five-mile race (which include Hospital Hill) and the Devil Dog Double, where runners run both races consecutively.
Countdown to the 2023 Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon!
Historic Half Marathon Weekend 2023
Plan a whole weekend in Fredericksburg! Arrive on Friday and stop by the Fredericksburg Expo Center for packet pickup. Be sure to stop by the FXBG booth to pick up maps and guides. Spend the rest of Friday and Saturday exploring the city and its history, eating at local chef-owned restaurants, and taking in the art and scenic outlooks. On Sunday, conquer Hospital Hill and Run with the Marines in the 16th Annual Marine Corps Historic Half, Semper 5ive and Devil Dog Double. Afterwards, celebrate at a local craft brewery, meadery or one of the other local watering holes.
Show your bib/medal for discounts
foode – 10% off your food bill
900 Princess Anne St
Kimman’s Co – Gift with purchase
1004 Caroline St
Made in Virginia Store – 10% off your bill
920 Caroline St
The Pig Pitt – 20/% off your meal
1017 Sophia St
Ristorante Renato – 13.1% off your food bill
422 William St
Sugar and Spruce – 20% off Muscle Relief Salt Soak
726 Caroline St
Taste Oil Vinegar Spice – 10% off
815 Caroline St
Saturday's Shuttle to Downtown
Once you visit the Healthy Expo, hop on the shuttle to visit downtown Fredericksburg. Enjoy a bite to eat and some shopping. You can get discounts with your race bib. Check out the discounts tab to see participating businesses.
Shuttle runs on Saturday, May 20 from 9 am to 9 pm.
Fredericksburg Convention Center
Hurkamp Park – stop near many restaurants
FXBG Visitor Center – 706 Caroline Street
900 Block of Caroline – stop near shopping and restaurants
Explore the many facets of Fredericksburg based on your particular interests:
- History: Take a trolley or carriage tour through downtown; Pick up an XPass to visit area museums and Fredericksburg Battlefield
- Outdoors: Stay limber with a short morning walk/run along the Canal Path/Rappahannock River Heritage Path or Virginia Central Railway Trail; Paddleboard, kayak or tube down the Rappahannock with Virginia Outdoor Center; Explore Alum Spring Park; Canoe, kayak or fish at Motts Run Recreation Area
- Sports: Play mini-golf, race 2-story go-karts and cross the SkyTrail ropes course at Fun Land of Fredericksburg, catch a Fred Nats games at the Virginia Credit Union Stadium, jump around at SkyZone.
- Art: Explore unique galleries downtown; browse through artists’ studios and watch them work at LibertyTown; view public murals and sculptures; visit our LOVE sign in Hurkamp Park (stop by early for the Farmers Market)