The Shenandoah Half Marathon is in "The Vault"
Join us for the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon & 5K!
Shenandoah Half Marathon
Luray, VA | September 15, 2018
Escape to the peaceful Shenandoah!
Run through beautiful scenery, quiet farm roads, and a gorgeous finish at the lake!
Our Shenandoah is a scenic road race near Shenandoah National Park. We’ll start at Hawksbill Recreation Park in Stanley, VA and end at Lake Arrowhead Recreation Park in Luray. This is a challenging uphill course with great scenery, quiet farm roads, hilly roads in the foothills, and a gorgeous finish at the lake!
We'll have parking at both the start and finish lines, with shuttles taking runners to the start in the morning, and back to their cars after the end of the race. This course will give you the perfect taste of Shenandoah before you head into the park for a weekend of exploration!
Half Marathon Aid Stations
At our road half marathons our aid stations typically start at mile 3 and are every other mile after that with a bonus aid station around mile 12. They are not always right at the mile marker so check your race guide to find out where they will be exactly. Our 5K races typically have a single aid station midway through the race.
You can find toilets, water, Go Gnarly electrolyte drink and Honey Stinger gels at every aid station. Usually around mile 7 and 11 we'll have cut fruit and bananas.
At every aid station we'll have basic first aid supplies, and we normally station our EMT's near mile 7.
Our road half marathons and 5Ks are cup-free. That means we will not have disposable cups available for you to use. When you register you will have the option to receive a free hydrapouch with your registration or you can use you own hydration system.
We are pleased to share a FREE half marathon training program customized for this course to help you prepare. We've teamed up with Active at Altitude as the Official Training Partner to offer 2 levels of training:
These programs are free and are sent via e-newsletter every 4 weeks.
Bib & Packet Pickup
Bib Pickup » You have 3 options for picking up your bib:
1. Pickup at the expo (recommended)
2. Pickup at the start line
3. Mailed 2 weeks before the race ($20 fee)
Bring Your Own Bag » In our ongoing effort to eliminate waste we encourage you to bring your own bag to hold you bib, race shirt, and any goodies you pick up at the race exp.
Race Shirts » If you're unhappy with the fit of your race shirt, or couldn't order the size you wanted we'll host a shirt exchange at the finish line on race day. Note that sizes and quantities will be limited.
Traveling to Shenandoah
Where to Stay
The most convenient (and fun) place to stay at the race is the Vacation Races Campground, which we’ll set up by the finish line! The campground (marked in yellow) will be available Thursday through Sunday. If you don’t have a tent, then you can also rent one from us. You’ll be able to reserve your camping spot when you register for the race!
If camping isn't your speed, we recommend looking for hotels in the following nearby towns:
- New Market
- Front Royal
Where to Fly
If you're flying here you'll want to check for flights into:
- Dulles International Airport (IAD)
- Reagan National Airport (DCA)
Driving to the Race
Race HQ will be at Lake Arrowhead Recreation Park in Luray, VA. Find directions here.
We'll have lots of free parking at both the start line (Hawksbill Recreation Park in Stanley, VA) and the finish line (Lake Arrowhead Recreation Park in Luray, VA), with shuttles taking runners to the start in the morning, and back to their cars after the end of the race. Here's a tentative schedule of events for race day:
5:00 am – Finish Line and Start Line Parking Opens
5:15 am – Raffles Begin at Start Line (one every five minutes)
5:30 am – First Shuttles Leave to Start Line/ Finish Line Parking Close
6:00 am – Last Shuttle Leaves to Start Line
6:30 am – Start Line Parking Closes
6:45 am – Runners Line Up/Last Call For Gear Check
7:00 am – RACE STARTS
9:45 am – Awards Ceremony
When you finish the race, you'll grab a snack box, take some pictures, hang out and make friends for a while, and then we encourage you to go explore Shenandoah National Park!
Club Hikes & Trifecta
Details coming soon.
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