Miles in Martinsville, under the auspices of the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA, is pleased to announce the 9th annual running of the Martinsville Half Marathon and 5K.

This event represents the capstone event of the Miles in Martinsville Race Series. This year’s race is presented by Visit Martinsville, the Tourism Division of the Martinsville-Henry County Economic Development Corporation. Start time is 8:00 AM on March 30.

Both races start and finish at the Martinsville-Henry County Family YMCA in beautiful uptown Martinsville, Virginia. Included in the start/finish festivities will be music food, kid’s activities and vendors featuring running gear, physical therapy, and associated goods and services.

Beginning at the YMCA, the first couple of miles of the Half Marathon follows city streets through uptown Martinsville. Here, the course provides an excellent warmup to racers as they descend some 75 feet before connecting to the area’s paved trail system. Much of the Half Marathon is run on the scenic Uptown Connection Trail and the Dick & Willie Passage Trail. Both are smooth paved trails which run through Martinsville and Henry County. Once runners enter the trails, they navigate miles of great scenery, rolling hills and smooth paved running surface. They cruise by wooded glades, industrial sites, idyllic creeks before returning to Uptown Martinsville for the final two miles as runners make their way to the finish line at the YMCA.

The 5K along with the early miles of the Half Marathon is run on the streets of uptown Martinsville, taking participants past a number of community landmarks, including the Martinsville-Henry County Visitor Center, Virginia Museum of Natural History, the Uptown Farmers Market, the New College Institute and the historic Henry County Courthouse.

Dick Beardsley, nationally known author, motivational speaker and former elite marathoner spoke and competed at the 2016 & 2018 Martinsville events. When asked about his impression of the Martinsville Half Marathon, he responded, “If you are looking for a really fun well organized half marathon you can’t go wrong with the Martinsville Half! It’s a beautiful course through the woods with great support from the many wonderful volunteers, in my book it’s a winner!”

In keeping with the Martinsville Half Marathon & 5K slogan, “Be Inspired – Be Inspiring”, the event features the unique “Inspiration Wall”. This program allows runners to dedicate their race to a person or cause which motivates them to compete. Participating runners are given the opportunity to sign an Inspiration Wall banner indicating the subject of their dedication. Participants often choose to honor a loved one, cite a charity or create awareness to a worthy cause.

Participants may pick up their packets with race bibs at the YMCA (3 Starling Avenue), on Friday, March 29, from Noon – 6:00 PM; and on race day at YMCA from 6:30-7:30 AM. Interested participants may also register in person at these times.

Runners strongly encouraged to register online prior to March 27, 2019 at www.milesinmartinsville.com.

Miles in Martinsville conducts a series of seven races throughout the year with this effort being supported by numerous community sponsors. Full details on the Martinsville Half Marathon and 5K and the entire race series can be found at www.milesinmartinsville.com.