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Half marathon and 10K family fun races in Martinsville, VA - near Roanoke, VA and Greensboro NC

Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, April 3, 2021

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Saturday, April 3, 2021, will mark the 11th running of the MARTINSVILLE HALF MARATHON & 5K. The Martinsville race courses present tough but fair challenges to joggers, walkers and competitive runners alike. Both races start and finish at the Martinsville-Henry County YMCA in uptown Martinsville.


Half marathon runners wind through scenic uptown Martinsville before entering the Uptown Connector Trail on their way to the community’s iconic Dick & Willie Passage rail trail. They will then run the entirety of the Dick & Willie before retracing their steps through uptown on their return to the finish line at the YMCA. The half marathon course is certified by USA Track & Field, the national governing Body for track & field, long-distance running and race walking in the United States.


5K participants run and walk the streets of Uptown Martinsville. With only a few gentle hills, the course presents a fast track for competitive runners and a scenic tour of the area for all.




·         Due to COVID-19 protocols, no in-person registration will be accepted at packet pickup.

·         Register online by clicking the registration link on this page.

·         Paper registration forms are available at link on this page and completed forms must be delivered to YMCA by closing on March 31.




These now include the following:

·         Volunteers will wear masks and gloves at packet pick-up.

·         Runners will be required to sign waiver and have no-contact temperature check to receive packet.  Those with temp in excess of 100.4 F will not be allowed to run.

·         Runners, volunteers, organizers and spectators are required to wear face masks and practice social distancing at all times when not running.

·         There will be no post-race food served. Bottled water and sports drinks will be provided.

·         Runners are requested to avoid personal contact, spitting, snot rockets, slinging sweat or running in tight groups. Hey, we know that it’s a race. Just try to give your competitors wide berth as you pass or get passed.

·         Race start will consist of waves (corrals) of socially distanced small groups of 10-12 runners every 15 seconds. Runners will self-seed into designated corrals based on expected race pace.  Instructions to be given at start line prior to race


·         Register by March 27, 2021

·         Run a Half Marathon on the course of your choice by midnight, April 3, 2021.  You can run the official Martinsville Half Marathon or 5K course in Martinsville, VA or choose one in your home town.  Martinsville, Danville, Roanoke, Minneapolis, Philadelphia.  We don’t care.  Just be sure it’s 13.1 miles!

·         Submit documentation of your run by downloading data from your GPS watch platform and forwarding to Race Director, Brad Kinkema at, by midnight, April 3, 2021.

·         Race Director will compile results and make arrangements to get you your SWAG.

·         Official gender specific tech fabric Half Marathon race shirt, finisher medal, and special finisher gift.




The Hugh Gerlach Determination Award

"An award for people who overcome."  The Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA is proud to partner with the Elster Foundation to offer the The Hugh Gerlach Determination Award!  This award is the brain child of Doug Goldstein who was diagnosed with colon cancer in 2009 and has undergone numerous surgeries and procedures.  Doug, not satisfied with just surviving cancer, was determined to do what he loves... running.

Share your story and inspire others.  Each year, Miles in Martinsville will recognize all nominees and pick one overall winner for the The Hugh Gerlach Determination Award.  This award is announced during the awards ceremony at the annual Martinsville Half Marathon, 5K & Relay. 

Do you have an incredible story to share or do you know someone that has overcome tremendous obstacles? We want to hear the stories of determination and inspiration. We want to hear about your challenges that you have had overcome to be the person you are today.  

Inspire others -- share your story! 

E-mail your nomination and their story to:

Contact Information

Contact Brad Kinkema at 276-632-6427 or





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