|SUNTRUST/NBC12 RICHMOND MARATHON PARTY ZONES
For family and friends of marathon competitors, we have put together a spectacular tour of the course. The tour includes the start and finish of the marathon, as well as three different spots on the marathon course. Because of road closings, the preferred routes are sometimes different than you would normally travel.
START (Broad Street and 7th Street)
It is recommended that you park north of Broad Street for the start of the race. There is a large surface parking lot just off 9th Street, north of Marshall. This is a good lot for spectators. After watching the start of the race, you will want to go to the first party spot at River Road Shopping Center.
STARBUCKS RIVER ROAD SHOPPING CENTER (Mile 7)
Take 7th street north to Interstate 95 North. Once on 95 North take 64 West. Get off at the Glenside Drive Exit (heading south). Make a right turn on Forest Avenue. Follow Forest for several miles and it will cross Patterson Avenue. Continue on Forest and it will eventually turn into Ridge. Stay straight on Ridge until River Road. Go left on River Road for 1/2 a mile. River Road Shopping Center is on your right. Park in the shopping center lot and the party spot will be across Huguenot Road in front of Starbucks. Do not park on the Starbucks iside of the road. You will get trapped by the runners.
CVS ON FOREST HILL AVENUE (Mile 12.9)
From River Road Shopping Center proceed south on Cary Street across the Huguenot Bridge. Continue on the Huguenot Bridge until Chippenham Park way (Route 150) and take the second exit heading east. Take Chippenham Parkway east until Jahnke Road. Make a right turn onto Jahnke Road and go back under Chippenham Parkway. Make a right turn onto Forest Hill Avenue. Park on the right hand side of the road by Blockbuster and cross the street by foot to the party in the CVS lot.
If you are leaving and Huguenot Bridge is Closed.
Return on River Road going west. Continue until Parham Road (150). You will make a right turn off of River Road to get on the exit ramp and at the light at the end of the ramp make a left and go south and east on Parham Road (150). Parham Road turns into Chippenham Parkway once you cross the James River. Take Chippenham Parkway east until Jahnke Road. Make a right turn onto Jahnke Road and go back under Chippenham Parkway. Make a right turn onto Forest Hill Avenue. Park on the right hand side of the road by Blockbuster and cross the street by foot to the party in the CVS lot.
CVS ON THE BOULEVARD (Mile 19)
Return the way you came on Jahnke Road and get on Chippenham Parkway heading west. Take the first exit onto the Powhite Parkway heading north. Have 70 cents ready for the toll booth. Stay on Powhite Parkway across the river. Stay in the left Lane and continue on 195 North. In two miles you will see an exit onto 95 south. Take 95 South and at the first exit after ¼ mile get off on the Boulevard. At the bottom of the exit ramp take a right hand turn. Stay in the right lane and you will cross over an overpass over the railroad tracks. The party spot is on your left prior to the intersection with Broad Street. Park on the right hand side of the road. (Do not drive across the runners’ path or you will get trapped by the runners).
FINISH LINE FESTIVAL (Mile 26.2)
Take the Boulevard to the north and get onto I-95 North. Once on 95 stay right and exit right away onto 64 west and 195 south. Get into the left lane on the exit ramp and take 195 south. After 2 miles exit onto the Downtown Expressway (50 cent toll). Get off at the 7th and 9th Street exit off of the Downtown Expressway. Stay right on the exit ramp and this puts you onto Byrd Street. Go left at 10th Street and park on the street or in parking lots in this area. The finish line is at 10th and Cary.