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Virginia Beach Area Features

Virginia Beach Races and Marathons

  By: Jacquelyn Eurice

With beautiful scenery and mild temperatures throughout the year, it isn’t hard to figure out why so many people love to run in Virginia Beach races and marathons. Many of these events take place at the oceanfront where the ocean breeze cools the droves of runners who are racing to the finish line. However, other events—especially those on obstacle courses—can be found throughout the city.

If you’ve never run in a race, that’s no reason to shy away. Running is not only good for you, but it can be a lot of fun. Organized races are held in all months of the year for runners of varying abilities. With a little training and preparation, you too can complete your first marathon. Seasoned marathoners will also gain satisfaction from completing these races, and maybe even bring home a medal! 

Here are some of our annual favorites:

  • January:    Freezer Burn 5K and Little Freeze 1 Mile, benefitting the American Cancer Society
  • February:    Polar Plunge 4 Miler, benefitting the Special Olympics
  • March:    Shamrock Marathon, a St. Patrick’s Day tradition
  • April:    Color Me Rad, benefitting feedONE
  • April:    Surf’s Up 5K & Little Surfer 1 Miler Kids Run, benefitting The Combat Wounded Coalition
  • May:    Dirty Girl 5K Mud Run, proceeds benefit Bright Pink
  • May:    Steel Pier Classic 5K & 10K Run, benefitting the Virginia Gentlemen’s fight against ALS
  • June:    Summer Slam 5K and 1 Miler, benefitting Team Hope
  • July:    Independence Day 5K, benefitting communities through the YMCA
  • August:    Surfers Healing 5K, benefitting Autism Awareness
  • September:    Neptune’s 8K and 5K
  • September:    Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon
  • October:    Komen Race for the Cure, to benefit breast cancer
  • October:    Mutt Masquerade 5K & 1 Mile Walk, benefitting the VB SPCA
  • October:    Wicked 10K & Monster Mile
  • November:    Turkey Trot 10K
  • November:    Warrior 8K Hill Challenge and Fallen Heroes 5K, in remembrance of our nation’s fallen soldiers
  • December:    Reindeer Trot 7K and Reindeer Rally 5K, benefitting the Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters
  • December:    Surf-n-Santa 5 Miler

Schedule subject to change. | TBA = To be announced

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