Registration and Pricing

Take part in the Virginia Credit Union River City Half or River City 5k and discover Richmond beyond the downtown city streets! 

Event Pricing

Half Price / 5k Price

Through March 15: $75 / $30
March 16 – October 2: $85 / $35
October 3 – January 15: $95 / $40
January 16 – March 3: $105 / $50
March 4 – March 8 or Waitlist Pricing: $115 / $60

The Virginia Credit Union River City Half is limited to the first 2,000 registrants. The River City 5k is limited to the first 750 registrants. The price schedule is as shown. If an event reaches capacity, waitlist entries will be sold at the highest price shown. 

Income-based rates are available. Details can be found at the bottom of this page.

Cost Includes

  • Beautiful 13.1 mile or 5k course through Richmond, VA
  • Bib with Chip Timing
  • Technical Participant Shirt
  • Finisher Medal
  • Branded Canvas Tote Bag (Half Marathon ONLY)
  • 2 Drink Tickets
  • Post Race Party on the beautiful University of Richmond campus

Already Registered?

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Training Team

Registration for the Winter Half Marathon Training Team will open in October. Need help preparing of the Virginia Credit Union River City Half? We are partnering with the Richmond Road Runner’s Club on their Winter Half Marathon Training Team as the official training solution. Head Coach, Crystal Koch, and her dedicated team of coaches will guide you through 14-weeks of training and supported weekend long runs. Plus, half marathon participants will receive $5 off their race registration when registering for training! Learn More


Age Group Awards go to the top three finishers in each age group. Age groups are required to have four or more participants to qualify for awards.

Half Marathon Age Groups: 19 & under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

5k Age Groups: 9 & under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80+.

Age group winners will be notified by email in late May with instructions on how to redeem their personalized award.

Event Policies


You may defer your registration from the 2025 Virginia Credit Union River City Half & 5k to the 2026 event. Deferred registrations may not be transferred to another person. Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances. The fees to defer a registration are:

Through February 22: $20 fee for Half / $10 fee for 5k
February 23 – February 28: $30 fee for Half / $20 fee for 5k
March 1: Deferrals no longer offered.


No deferrals will be allowed after February 28, 2025. The deferral may be used only for the 2026 event. You may only defer an entry once (i.e., if you deferred your 2024 entry to 2025, you will not be able to defer it again in 2025 to 2026).


Switching Races Policy

The deadline to transfer your race distance is Thursday, March 6 at 11:59 pm or before the race reached capacity, whichever comes first.  There is a $10 distance transfer fee when transferring from the half marathon to the 5k. The fee to move from the 5k to the half marathon is $10 + the difference in event price at the time of the transfer. Email [email protected] to complete switches from the 5k to Half Marathon.

Virtual Event Switches

You may switch to or from the virtual event to the in-person event at no cost. If you would like to switch events, please follow these steps: Sign into RunSignUp > Profile > Upcoming Events > Manage Registration > Transfer Event > Choose New Event.  If you have any issues you can email [email protected].  Switches will be allowed up until race morning unless your intended distance has reached capacity.

Cancellation Policy

Entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of a race cancellation, postponement, event format changes, and/or if you are unable to participate. Race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. No exceptions. This means once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number or timing chip to anyone else. Anyone found participating with another person’s number will be disqualified and both people will be barred from future Sports Backers events.

Event Rules

  • This race is conducted under the rules of USATF and the Road Runners Club of America.
  • In consideration of the safety of all participants, IN-LINE SKATES, SKATEBOARDS, BICYCLES, HANDCYCLES, OR ANIMALS ON LEASHES will not be allowed on the course.
  • Strollers, Baby Joggers, Baby Carriers are not allowed on the course.
  • Once received, entries are non-refundable. Entries may not be transferred or given to another person. See above for additional policies.
  • The Half Marathon has a minimum age of 12; The 5k has a minimum age of 6 on or before race day.


Income-based Rates

At Sports Backers, our mission is to inspire people to live actively. Engaging underserved populations is one of our core values and one way we act on this value is by offering Income Based Rates for our events. These special rates are offered to those who qualify and would otherwise not be able to participate.

Those who qualify are eligible for the special $35 rate for the Virginia Credit Union River City Half and $15 rate for the River City 5k. To learn more and apply please visit the Income Based Rate page.

Questions? Need more information, please email [email protected].

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