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Martinsville Bulletin Half Marathon & 5K

Saturday, March 24, 2018


Route Map

Saturday March 24, 2018 will mark the 8th running of the MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN 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 then 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.

2018 Registration and Participant Info


Our INSPIRATION WALL is back for 2018.  There are so many reasons we run.  What inspires you?  Do you want to honor the life, the struggle or the memory of a friend or loved one.  Maybe you want to support a worthy cause that has impacted your life.  The MARTINSVILLE BULLETIN HALF MARATHON, 5K & RELAY gives you the opportunity to honor whatever inspires you and whoever you wish to inspire.  

For more information on the Wall and how to sign up, just click on the  button below.

Dick Beardsley

Celebrity Guest and Speaker


Dick Beardsley will return to Martinsville as our Celebrity Guest and inspirational speaker at the 2018 Martinsville Bulletin Half Marathon & 5K.

Dick is one of the top American distance runners of all time; running 2:08:53 in the 1982 Boston Marathon.  He is a member of the National Distance Running Hall of Fame and recipient of Runner’s World Magazine’s 25th Anniversary “Profile in Courage” Award.  He's the subject of two great books, "Duel in the Sun" by John Brant and "Staying the Course" by Dick Beardsley and Maureen Anderson. 

The other side of the story is that Dick is a recovering prescription drug addict.  Following his elite running career, he retired and became the victim to a string of nearly fatal accidents that led him onto a path of prescription drug addiction.  He is now recovered and speaks worldwide on the subject.  

While in Martinsville, Beardsley will address runners and friends, talking about achieving potential in the face of adversity.   Talk is free to public. 

When:  March 23, 2018 @ 7:00 PM

Where:  Martin-Lacy Lecture Hall at New College Institute

 We ask that attendees please register prior to the event by one of following options:


Call:    Joe Philpott @ 276-252-2011

Visit:   Facebook Event page at: 

 Beardsley will also will also be the featured speaker at a community opioid forum to be held at 5:30 PM, Thursday, March 22.  Location - Martinsville’s New College Institute.  Details on that event can be found by visiting

 Then, on Saturday, he will be making pre-race remarks and assisting with the awards ceremony.  In between all that, he will be competing in the Men’s 60-64 age group at the Martinsville Bulletin Half Marathon!




Half Marathon, 5K and Relay Training Teams

If you are nervous about training for your first 5K or half marathon, we can help!!! Get the support and advice to help guide you to the finish line!  

Half marathon training begins January 13
5K training begins February 10

Click on the Training Team Flyer for all the details.  If you have questions please contact!

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:

The Sheree Poe Memorial 5K Walk

For those who want to be a part of the Martinsville Bulletin Half Marathon & 5K but choose not to run, we offer the Sheree Poe Memorial 5K 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.
Sheree Poe was the Co-Pastor at Mercy Crossing Church when she passed away unexpectedly in early 2017. Over 275 friends, family and church members honored her by walking and jogging the 5K at the 7th Annual Martinsville Bulletin Half Marathon & 5K.
Registration fees are the same as the 5K race. 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

Corporate Team Challenge

Join with your associates to foster health and wellness in our community.   Represent your company or organization by running, walking or volunteering at the 8th annual Martinsville Bulletin Half Marathon & 5K on March 24, 2018.  All you have to do is identify your organization when you register, by completing the Corporate Challenge blank.  For details, just click on the  button below.

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. 

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.  Alpha Energy Solutions 250 truck race - March 24 @ 2:00 PM.  STP 500 Monster Energy Series Cup Race - March 25 @ 2:00 PM.  More information and tickets available at

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



2017 Results

Virtual Runners are not in the results yet.  They will be added Monday.



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