Charlottesville Marathon

Here you can find all the information on the Charlottesville Marathon 2012.

The course has been selected to showcase the history, diversity, and scenic beauty of the Charlottesville and Albemarle County area. The course will start and finish near historic downtown Charlottesville, Virginia then traverse some of the most scenic and historic areas on the East Coast. Proceeding out of Charlottesville, you will run past many historic sites including Thomas Jefferson’s Rotunda, located at the University of Virginia. You will run through beautiful Albemarle Wine and Horse country, then back through some of Charlottesville’s most historic downtown neighborhoods including 4 miles of FLAT running along the Riverview Park paved footpath. Truly one of the most scenic courses you will ever run.

So why this marathon?

Me with the Thomas Jefferson statue at Monticello in Charlottesville, VA.

  • I went to college in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia – good memories there!
  • I wanted my first marathon to be in a familiar place (I like to have control over as many variables as possible!)
  • Although I don’t live there, my boyfriend Matt lives in Charlottesville for graduate school, so I visit a lot and I will be able to practice on the course (and I won’t have to pay for a hotel for the marathon!)
  • The timing was right. I did my first half marathon on May 29, 2011 and I would’ve had just enough time to train for the Richmond Marathon in November 2011, but I was BEAT after that half marathon. I took a month off of running at that point and recharged my batteries. I wasn’t feeling motivated enough to push myself to do the Richmond Marathon that quickly, so I decided to wait, leading me to sign up for the Charlottesville Marathon in April 2012.
  • Lastly… Charlottesville is just beautiful. If you have never been there you need to go. It has a rich history, beautiful scenery, colonial architecture, a lively downtown area, and great people.

    A view of the Rotunda from the UVA lawn.

Reasons I am potentially scared that I chose Charlottesville as my first marathon:

  • The hills. That’s it, that’s my one reason (and a little bit the fact that I’ll be training through the cold winter).

Chart with total climb and elevation change.

UPDATE: I did it! Read my recap of the Charlottesville marathon here!

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