Salem Half Marathon, 8K and Kids Fun Run

Sat October 9 Salem, VA 24153 US Directions

Virtual Salem Half Marathon

$55 Registration ends October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K

$40 Registration ends October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual G&H Contracting Kids Fun Run - 1 Mile

$20 Registration ends October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

Virtual G&H Contracting Kids Fun Run - 2 Miles

$20 Registration ends October 31, 2021 at 11:59pm EDT

The City of Salem, known as "Virginia's Championship City", has hosted numerous NCAA National Championships as well as many other national and international sports tournaments. In 2016, we decided to branch out and bring that "Championship" mentality to running! Our races start and finish at the Salem Farmers Market in downtown Salem, VA and takes you on a scenic tour of Salem through neighborhoods, Roanoke College, and the Roanoke River Greenway.

We have partnered with Blue Ridge Racing, the area's leading road race management organization to produce these events. In addition to managing the Salem Half Marathon, Virginia's Blue Ridge 8K, and the G&H Contracting Kids Run, Blue Ridge Racing handles the race management for the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Marathon, also known as "America's Toughest Road Marathon".

As an added bonus to running our Salem Half Marathon, you will have the opportunity to win the Virginia's Blue Ridge Triple Crown race medal if you also complete the Foot Levelers Blue Ridge Full or Half Marathon (in April) and the Star City Half Marathon (in November) within the same year. This exciting race series rewards runners in the valley with some serious race medal bling and bragging rights! 

COVID-19 Precautions

Salem Half Marathon cares about the safety of its racers, volunteers, staff, and spectators. We are encouraged by the recent local trends in dropping case numbers, and we hope that continues in our area. Out of an abundance of caution, we have chosen to implement the following precautions and guidelines for race day:

  • Packet Pickup will be held outdoors behind Olde Salem Brewery.
  • We encourage all runners to wear masks before and after the race including in the corrals and finish line area.
  • All City Employees will be wearing masks and other PPE, regardless of vaccination status. Volunteers will be encouraged to wear masks as well.
  • We encourage racers to complete a self evaluation before the race. Please do not come to the race if you are experiencing COVID symptoms or if you have had a known exposure to COVID-19 as defined by the CDC within the last 10 days.
  • Aid stations will be self-serve. Water and electrolyte drink in individual cups will be placed on tables for runners to grab.
  • Medals will be handed out instead of placed around the neck of finishers.

We thank you for your cooperation in helping keep everyone safe!

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