If you’re making tracks for Fredericksburg for the Marine Corps Historic Half marathon, be sure to save some time to explore the Fredericksburg region. Repeat Historic Half-ers (especially those in the Iron Mile Company, who’ve finished every race since 2008) will want to take note of some exciting new developments in the region since last spring’s race.
Racers, don’t miss:
New exhibits at the National Museum of the Marine Corps – This museum opened its new Children's Gallery in the fall of 2017. The gallery mimics thte Museum's theme of U.S. and world history as seen throught the eyes of Marines but scaled down to kid size with hands'pn interactive exhibits.This makes a great stop for those in town for the race, which is put on by the Marine Corps and always sees a large turnout of Marines running the race. Admission and parking are free.
Delicious new eats – The region’s culinary scene has grown a lot in the year since last year’s race. In Spotsylvania, check out Gourmeltz for a delectible cheese melt or Orleand Bistro & Grill for a bite of Orlean Southern style cuisine. Stop by Strangeways Brewing or Highmark Brewery to reward yourself with a frosty craft brew and a bite to eat from one of the region's tasty food trucks. In Downtown Fredericksburg, don’t miss the new Billiken's Smokehouse, Curitiba Art Cafe', Katora Coffee, Fredericksburg Cupcake. In Stafford County, you’ll want to consider the brand-new Mason-Dixon Cafe Stafford for a post-race reward, as well as Fatty’s Crab House and Mission BBQ in the Garrisonville area.
Thunder Alley - Move over, Hospital Hill. This year’s Historic Half participants are going to head home from race weekend talking about an even more memorable part of the 13.1-mile course—one that gets their blood pumping without making their hamstrings ache. Get ready for Thunder Alley. When you make that left turn onto Caroline Street in the eighth mile of the race, you’ll see Downtown’s energy and excitement on display in a way that will give you the boost you need to make the climb to come in miles 11 and 12. The merchants, residents and fans of Downtown Fredericksburg will be cheering on every single runner who pounds down Caroline Street. Lean into that energy and just think: You’re running down the very street where a young George Washington became the man who would lead a new nation, where Union and Confederate troops clashed over the country’s future and where many of the buildings that bore witness to these events still stand.
Your very own race weekend concierge - When you arrive at the Healthy Lifestyle Expo for packet pickup, look for the Fredericksburg: Timeless booth. The Fredericksburg Visitor Center and local attractions have teamed up to provide you with your very own Fredericksburg concierge. Whether it’s restaurants, parks, kids’ activities or shopping you’re looking for, the experts at this booth can help you make the most of your stay here.
Rides to and from Downtown on Saturday - People who live in Downtown Fredericksburg love its walkable lifestyle. We want you to be able to keep your car in park for as long as you can while you’re here, so on Saturday, May 19, a free trolley shuttle will run from the Healthy Lifestyle Expo to three different Downtown locations from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Catch the shuttle right outside the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center.