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Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, April 4, 2020

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We are very excited as we prepare to celebrate the 10th Anniversary running of THE MARTINSVILLE HALF MARATHON & 5K! Race day is scheduled for April 4, 2020. Starting at 8:00 AM near the Martinsville YMCA, runners will enjoy a scenic run through Uptown Martinsville and along the Dick & Willie Passage Trail. The half marathon course is certified by the USATF.

Event participants can choose from a variety of distances, including a 5K race, a 5K walk, and the Half Marathon. Also, the Virtual Run option is back! Sign up for the Virtual Run and run the race course between March 28 and April 4, submit copy of your uploaded GPS time results to You will receive all the incredible swag including race shirt, finisher medal and finishers gift! Awards will also be given to top 3 male and top 3 female virtual runners.

On Friday, April 3 we will present our first running science symposium, to be known as "RUNNER'S CONNECT - A DISCUSSION FOR RUNNERS, BY RUNNERS". Our friends from the brick and runabout sports - Roanoke will be presenting two tech sessions on popular running subjects. Following tech sessions, there will be a meet & mingle time followed by a pasta dinner and brief after dinner talk/Q&A. Details to come. The segments will be ala carte in case you cannot attend all. We are over the moon excited to announce that we will be joined at the sessions by our after dinner speaker. None other than BART YASSO! He is retired from Runner’s World magazine where he served for many years as their “Chief Running Officer". Bart has run and spoken all over the world. Many marathoners know him as the inventor of the famous Yasso 800s marathon time predictor workout. Yasso is known around the running community as “the mayor of running”! You will love hearing him share humorous and serious stories about his lifetime of running. He will be participating in race festivities throughout the weekend. More to come on Mr. Yasso as our plans come together. The symposium will be free to runners with a nominal charge for the pasta dinner. This event is made possible by the support of RunAbout sports- Roanoke, the Brick Running & Tri store as well as several generous corporate/institutional sponsors to be named as we complete our plans.

The Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K is a family friendly event! Spectators and cheering sections are offered along the way!

For race details visit the FAQ link on this website. We also invite you to follow us for updates and general info at our Facebook page:

#LoveLikeLily 5K Memorial Walk

For those who want to be a part of the Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K but choose not to run, we offer the #LoveLikeLily 5K Memorial Walk. This is a non-competitive event conducted simultaneously with the 5K Run. Walkers will enjoy a morning of exercise, camaraderie, inspiration and post-race celebration along with the runners.

The 5K Walk is named to honor the memory of Lily Belle Patterson who passed away unexpectedly in 2019 at age 10.  She was a member of the Girls on the Run Club and participated in several 5K races.  She loved to dance. She loved gymnastics. Most of all, she loved horses, including her horse, also named Lily.

Registration fees are the same as the 5K race. Online registration is available at

If an organization wishes to form a team with 12 or more participants and chooses not to receive the event race shirt, a discounted fee can be offered.

Organizations interested in discounted arrangements should contact:
Brad Kinkema @ 276-632-6427 or
Joe Philpott at 276-252-2011 or



A Discussion For Runners - By Runners

A running science symposium is planned for Friday, April 3, 2020, in conjunction with the 10TH ANNUAL MARTINSVILLE HALF MARATHON & 5K


Hosted by Miles in Martinsville and presented by RunAbout Sports – Roanoke


Venue – Venue for event will be the Virginia Museum of Natural History, located at 21 Starling Avenue, Martinsville, VA.  Packet Pickup and late registration will also take place in lobby of the Museum.  Note that race start and finish is on Starling Avenue in front of museum


Tech Sessions - We will have two tech sessions on Friday afternoon with Q&A to follow each session.


3:00 PM - Session 1 - Running Form 101: Proper Running Mechanics for Injury Prevention and Longevity in the Sport 

Presented by TYLER BOWERSOCK, DPT, CSCS, Owner RunAbout Sports - Roanoke


4:00 PM – Session 2 - You Go Girl: Fitness for Women from Puberty through Postmenopause

Presented by ALLISON BOWERSOCK, PhD, NSCA-CSCS, Owner RunAbout Sports - Roanoke


Mix & Mingle   5:00 PM – 5:30 PM A short social time to chat with fellow runners and check out Virginia Museum of Natural History exhibits.  Water and energy drink will be provided.

*Tech Sessions and Mix & Mingle are free to runners and public.  To assist us in planning, we request that you register by email to,or phone Joe Philpott at 276-252.2011, indicating number and names attending. 




Dinner from 5:30 PM to 6:45 PM.  Pasta Buffet at $10 per person. 



After dinner Keynote speaker is Bart Yasso, former Chief Running Officer of Runner’s World Magazine.  Known as America’s Mayor of Running, Yasso is a published author and accomplished runner.  He is a member of the Running USA Hall of Champions.  Former winner Smokey Mountain Marathon, he has run and competed on all the seven continents of the world.


NOTE:  You can come and hear speaker, even if you choose not to participate in Pasta Buffet Dinner.  If you plan to attend to come for speaker only, confirm by email to or phone Joe Philpott at 276-252-2011, indicating number and names attending. 


QUESTIONS about events and schedule email or call 276-252-2011.

Training Team

Need some help, some inspiration on running or improving your half marathon or 5K?  Jion the half marathon training team beginning January 18th or the 5K training team beginning February 15th. Get a race discount, t-shirt, meet new friends and be inspired. 

Race FAQ

While in Martinsville


Martinsville is easy to get to -- a mere 60 minutes south of Roanoke and 60 minutes north of Greensboro, both along the 220 corridor; and 30 minutes from Danville on Route 58 West.  The race begins at the Martinsville Y, 3 Starling Avenue in the city.

What to Do

There is plenty to keep you busy while spending the weekend in Martinsville and Henry  County.  From museums, arts, and music to exploring the beauty of the outdoors along trails and rivers, there is something for everyone.  Take a look at for local activities, things to do, and places to stay and dine.  Be sure to download the free Visit Martinsville travel app to your mobile device. It is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.

Visit Martinsville Speedway. Built in 1947, the track continues 70 years later as a major stop on the NASCAR circuit, hosting the Alpha Energy Solutions 250 truck race - March 23 and the STP 500 Monster Energy Series Cup Race - March 24. More information and tickets available at

Spectator Info

Make the Martinsville Bulletin Half Marathon and 5K the most exciting race around.  Come out and cheer runners and walkers on.  Click SPECTATOR INFO below to see how you can support this race. 

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:

Run, Cheer, Volunteer!

Volunteers Needed and Appreciated

Interested in being a part of the biggest race event in Martinsville without all of the running?  Then the answer is clear, just volunteer.  Click on our volunteer page and sign up for your preferred job.  Bring your friends and join the fun!  For more information, please contact Brad Kinkema via phone, 276-632-6427 or email,

Contact Information

Contact Brad Kinkema at 276-632-6427 or





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