SunTrust Richmond Marathon breaks all-time event entry record

Press Release

RICHMOND, VA – The SunTrust Richmond Marathon, which will celebrate its 34th running this Saturday, November 12, has broken its all-time event registration record of 16,106 set for last year's event. With online registration available through Wednesday, November 9 at 11:59 p.m., and walk-up registration available at the Health & Fitness Expo, entry numbers for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, McDonald's Half Marathon, and HCA Virginia 8k are expected to climb over 17,000. This marks the 12th time in 13 years that the total event entry record has been set.

Participants from 48 different states and 14 different countries will be traveling to Richmond for Saturday's events. The SunTrust Richmond Marathon will be held on Saturday, November 12 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.

Health & Fitness Expo at the Arthur Ashe Center. The Health & Fitness Expo at the Arthur Ashe Center is open on Thursday, November 10 from 5 to 9 p.m. and Friday, November 11 from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Walk-up registration for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, McDonald's Half Marathon, and HCA Virginia 8k will be available until the conclusion of the Health & Fitness Expo. There is no race day registration or packet pick up!

Live text/e-mail 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 6.2, 13.1 and 20-mile splits for marathoners, 10k splits for the half marathoners, and finish results for all three races. Friends and family can sign up for text/e-mail alerts by following the link on the homepage of the race website at

Greater Richmond ARC

For the fifth year, The Greater Richmond ARC is assembling "goodie bags" for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon participants that includes promotional items. About 19,000 bags will be filled at ARC's Industrial Services production facility at 1901 Westwood Avenue and distributed in the days just before the race. Founded in 1954, The Greater Richmond ARC's mission is to create life-fulfilling opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. ARC's Industrial Services program provides meaningful work opportunities for individuals with developmental disabilities which fosters confidence and the self-esteem that comes with earning a paycheck; particularly important nowadays when the unemployment rate for individuals with disabilities is significantly higher than for those without. For more information about The Greater Richmond ARC and its many programs, visit

Sign up for 2012 beginning THIS weekend and save big money. For the 35th running of the SunTrust Richmond Marathon on November 10, 2012 we are offering a special $55 marathon entry fee and $45 half marathon entry fee for a limited time! These incredibly low prices will be offered online only at from Saturday, November 12 at noon through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, November 17. After that, the fee will still be a very low $65 for the marathon and $55 for the half marathon through December 31, 2011.

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. For a complete listing of street closures, visit

For more information, please contact Jackie Holt at (804) 285-9495 x247 or visit our Party Zones page.