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LewisGale Salem Half Marathon

LewisGale Salem Half Marathon

Why should you decide to run the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon? Simple! Salem is known as "Virginia's Championship City," which hosts various NCAA Championship events. We are bringing that championship mentality to this race. This course allows you to see Salem and experience why we are called the "Championship City."  

The scenic race is a tour of Salem in which you will run through all the sights and sounds of our beautiful city. The race starts on Main Street, takes you through beautiful Roanoke College, quaint neighborhoods, on the popular Roanoke River Greenway, two different sport complexes and finishes on Main Street with all your family and friends cheering you. This race will be something that you don't want to miss! 

This course has been measured and certified to USA Track and Field (USATF) standards. USATF Certification: VA17026RT. 

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                                                 2020 Race Schedule

Friday, October 9th
Packet Pick-up

Packet Pick-up will be at Olde Salem Brewing Company from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. Walk Up Registration will be available during this time. 


Saturday, October 10th
Race Day

5:30-7:30 a.m. Packet Pick-up at the Farmers Market
7:15 a.m. 
Stretching in the Farmers Market

8:00 a.m. Half Marathon & 8K Start
8:05 a.m. Kids Two-Mile Start

8:10 a.m. Kids One-Mile Start
8:30 a.m. Recovery Zone

9:30 a.m. 8K Awards Ceremony
11:00 a.m. Half Marathon Awards Ceremony

12:00 p.m. Course closes


4 Hour Course Time Limit

All participants must be able to finish the half marathon in 4 hours to remain official. In order to do so, you will need to maintain a 18:18 per mile pace or you will be asked to move to the sidewalk to enable the reopening of the streets.

What do you get?

Every runner in the Half Marathon, 8K and Kids Fun Run will receive an official race shirt and a custom medal at the finish line where you will be greeted by the race director, family, friends and other spectators to congratulate you! All runners 21+ will also receive a free beer from Olde Salem Brewing Company to be used anytime during race weekend.

Packet & T-shirt Pick-Up

Packet Pick-up will be at the Olde Salem Brewing Company from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 9th and 5:30 - 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, October 10th at the front of the Farmers Market closest to Main Street.

A photo ID is required to pick up your race packet.  You may pick up a race packet for another pre-registered runner, provided you have a copy of their photo ID.


Overall awards are determined by clock time; age group awards by chip time. Additional awards will be presented to the top three (3) in all age groups in all races. Age groups are: 12-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74 and 75 & up. 

The Awards Ceremony for overall winners in each race will take place on the stage at the Salem Farmers Market at approximately 11:00 a.m.

Team Competition

The Team Competition is where groups of five or more may compete against one another. Sign up as a team and go head to head for bragging rights as this year’s best team! Awards will be given out to the Top 3 finishing teams in both the LewisGale Half Marathon and the Virginia’s Blue Ridge 8K (total time of your five fastest runners). There will also be a Participation Award for the team who has the most members registered. The team captain will create the team during registration then members will be able to join using the team name when they register for the race.

Already registered?

If you have already registered for the race you can still be a part of the Team Competition! All you will need to do is log back into your Run Signup account and add a team to your registration form! If you have any additional questions please contact us at salemhalfmarathon@salemva.gov.

Race Rules

Entry fees are non-refundable. If you have signed up but want to switch to another race, you can switch to either race at any time including at Packet Pick-Up. There is no cost to switch races except the difference in price for races. Runners may also defer their registration for the following year for a $10 fee or transfer their bib to another runner. 

In consideration of the safety of all participants, we ask that no runner bring strollers, baby joggers, babies in carriers/backpacks, in-line skates, skateboards, bicycles or animals on leashes. 

Virginia's Blue Ridge Triple Crown

The Virginia's Blue Ridge Triple Crown is back and now we're a part of it! We're happy to announce that the Virginia's Blue Ridge Triple Crown will include the Blue Ridge Marathon (or half marathon- your choice), the LewisGale Salem Half Marathon, and the Star City Half Marathon. Register for all three races and you'll get major bragging rights and an awesome Triple Crown medal! Get complete details here!