Shenandoah Half Marathon

Shenandoah Half Marathon

September 14, 2024  |  Luray, VA

September 14, 2024  |  Luray, VA

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Escape to peaceful Shenandoah!

Run with us through beautiful scenery and quiet farm roads to reach your photo finish at a serene lake.

Race Day

Expo & Bib Pickup

Quick Info

  • Difficulty: Easy, rolling course
  • Terrain: Paved road
  • Accessible: wheelchairs and strollers welcome
  • Dulles Int'l Airport (IAD)
  • 77° / 58° F

Get to Know Your Half Marathon Course

  • Rolling paved course
  • Weather: 77° / 58° F
  • Accessible: Wheelchair and strollers welcome

Map & Elevation

Time Limit

All runners will have 4 hours to finish the race (chip time). That is an 18 minute mile - plenty of time for walkers!


If at anytime we deem it unsafe and need to pull a runner off the course, we would hope for understanding and immediate cooperation. Failure to comply will result in being banned from future events.

Course Description & Notes

Course Description

This is a rolling, downhill course with great scenery, quiet farm roads, hilly roads in the foothills, and a gorgeous lakeside start.

Location Note

To be clear, this race doesn't take place inside the National Park. It's difficult to get permission to conduct private business activities on national land (and rightly so.) Having said that, this is about as close to the park as it gets.

Course Difficulty

  • 2/5 Difficulty
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Factors:
Rolling, overall downhill course with some hills.

Training: 

We recommend training on long stretches of rolling paved road or inclined treadmill workouts to increase your endurance.

Aid Stations (Bring your own cup!)

  • 6 aid stations: Miles 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, and 12
  • Medic: Mile 7 aid station
  • Amenities: Toilets, water, Gnarly Hydrate, Honey Stinger gels, toilets. Fruit is also available at later aid stations.
  • We do not provide cups on course to reduce waste. Please bring a reusable cup or device on course to reduce waste. 
image of a blue foldable cup with the Nathan brand name on it

Need a hydration solution? Order a Nathan reusable cup for FREE when you register.

GET INVOLVED

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Support Our

Park Communities

Fundraise for your chosen race and your registration fee could be waived. All funds go to Wander Project to support efforts in and around the communities that host our events.

Learn more about Wander Project >>

YOU choose whether the funds you raise support a WP community partner or an organization that matters to you!

Volunteer with Us!

Our amazing volunteers help runners at the race expo, finish line, merch tent, and beyond! Join us for a 3-4hr shift and earn a $50 or $100 credit towards a future race.

Pro-tip: Volunteer at the expo and run the next day OR ask a friend to volunteer and "gift" you the credit (or use it themselves!)

HOW TO PREPARE

Know Your Guidelines

- Read your race details! Following event rules helps us to put on safe, sustainable events.

- We are a zero-waste event. Please stick to reusable water bottles and avoid bringing disposable items to the race.

- Be courteous towards fellow runners on and off the course.

Join the Community

Vacation Races is honored to have a community of runners who actively support one another! We highly recommend joining one our Facebook groups to get input from other runners, share stories, and learn about the latest updates.

Shenandoah Half Details

Come here to prepare for your race!

Race Expo & Bib Pickup

Bib Pickup Options

Choose your preference during registration:

  • Pickup at race expo: Recommended! Expos are always the Friday before the race.
  • Pickup on race morning: Please avoid. Typically available at the shuttle site or start line.
  • Shipped to your house: $30 fee applies. Available as an add-on in Runsignup until 1 month before the event. 

Race Expo Details

  • Recommended for bib pickup
  • When: 12:00-6:00pm, Friday, September 13, 2024
  • Where: Lake Arrowhead Park (Luray, VA)
  • Bring Your Own Bag: We do not provide bags at the expo. Help us reduce waste and bring your own bag!
  • Expo Amenities: Official merchandise, vendors, and race info tent available! 

Race Weekend Schedule 

The race starts in Luray, VA but finishes back in Stanley, VA. Runners may park at the start or finish line. There will be shuttles available to the start and from the finish line.

Saturday Race Schedule

4:30 AM - Event parking lots open
5:00 AM - Start line bib pickup opens
5:15 AM - Start line raffle. Arrive early to win!
5:00 - 6:00 AM - Pre-race shuttles run between event parking lots and start line.

6:50 AM - Runners line up/Last call for gear check
6:55 AM - National Anthem
7:00 AM - RACE START - all divisions!
8:30 - 11:30 AM - Post-race shuttles return finish line to all event parking lots.
9:45 AM - Award Ceremony

Parking & Shuttles

Parking and shuttle information is still being finalized. Please check back closer to this event for final locations, times, and maps.

Parking Lots & Pre-Race Shuttles

At the Start Line:
At the Finish Line:
  • Lot Location: Hawksbill Recreation Park (Stanley, VA) 
  • Lot Opens: 4:30am
  • Pre-Race Shuttles: Shuttles will leave between 5:00am - 6:00am. Do not be late!

Post-Race Shuttles

  • Post-Race Shuttles: Shuttles will run between the finish line and all parking lots between 8:30-11:30am on race day.
  • Who can ride? Runners and spectators. Spectators may park in any event lot and ride the shuttles to meet their runner at the finish line.

Spectators

  • Allowed at: Start and finish line only.
  • There is parking available at both the start and finish line.
  • Please do not spectate along the race course!
  • Spectators are not allowed in the runner recovery area. Please allow runners some space to recover before joining you to celebrate outside the recovery area.

Zero Waste

As nature lovers, we are committed to keeping our events sustainable and managing negative impacts on the environment. Here's how you can help us:

CUP-FREE RACING

Single-use plastic is a huge source of waste at any public event. We have reduced that impact by making our events "cup-free". 

What does that mean for you?

Coolers of Water and Gnarly Hydrate (electrolyte drink) are available at all aid stations, but cups will not be provided on course or at the finish line. In order to stay hydrated, we ask you to bring one of the following:

1. Reusable water bottle

2. Nathan reusable cup - These light-weight cups fold into a pocket or waistband. Request one when you sign up to run!

3. Hydration pack - These are refillable backpacks meant for running that allow you to access fluid via a built-in straw.

image of the foldable Nathan cup next to a person folding the cup into their waistbag

Stay hydrated on course with a reusable cup!

ZERO WASTE CONTAINERS

You can help us reduce trash by sorting disposable items into the appropriate container. 

You’ll notice three containers at our events:

  • Compostables: Organic goods like banana peels and most food items (without the wrapper please!)
  • Recyclables: Paper, aluminum, cardboard, steel, and glass. Please dump out any liquids into the compost bin BEFORE recycling the container.
  • Everything Else: Non-recyclable food wrappers like from used gel packets and styrofoam. Please dump out any food matter BEFORE throwing away the container.

Please avoid putting organic waste and compostable items in the wrong bin. It gets gross to sort through.

Race Results and Photos

Race Results

Visit RunSignup for current and past race results.

Runner times are available ~20 minutes after you finish the race. Keep in mind, the results are not official until all runners have crossed the finish line, and have been reviewed by the event director. Because our age group winners are based on chip time, it is possible to cross the finish line before someone else in your age group while still finishing with a slower time than them. 

Top Finisher but missed the awards ceremony? You can request to have your place medal shipped to you!

Got questions about your placement? please email timing@runsum.com.

Runner Photos

Race photos are typically available for FREE! We will email all participants a link to view their photos when they are ready 1-2 weeks after the race.

Share your experiences with us! 
Be sure to use #SHENHalf in any photos you post from the race or your adventures exploring the park so we can share in the fun with you!

Race Merchandise

Exclusive Shenandoah Half Marathon merchandise will be available both at the race expo and near the finish line! When possible, we'll have race merch for sale in our online store after the race is over. Please allow time for us to add items online.

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