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Live Concert at Finish Line Features Marine Singer

As part of the Historic Half fifth anniversary celebration, singer/songwriter and U.S. Marine Mike Corrado, will perform live at the finish line starting at 9:15 a.m. on event morning. LtCol Corrado, an active duty Marine serving as operations officer for the Wounded Warrior regiment on Marine Corps Base Quantico, will usher runners across the finish line by performing motivating and celebratory tunes with a distinct Marine Corps energy. Corrado has been the opening act for the Black Eyed Peas, Edwin McCain, Bon Jovi and John Mayer. 

New Runner Tracking Service

The Historic Half starts at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center upon the call of the town crier at 7 a.m. Crossing under the impressive stars and stripes archway, all runners must wear the official bib that contains the btag timing device. New this year-runners may be tracked via text message and email or on Facebook and Twitter. Splits, as well as the triumphant finish time, will be posted directly on a runner's Facebook page or Twitter accounts. Runners, spectators, family and Facebook friends can register for Historic Half Social Media Messaging beginning in early May.

Gift of History with Historic Half Registration

Every runner who registers to run this year's Historic Half receives a year-long membership including free museum admission to the Fredericksburg Area Museum and Cultural Center. With great pride in the host community, the Historic Half introduces all runners to the museum located in historic downtown that brings life to the stories of Fredericksburg's past. Members can enjoy exhibits featuring George Washington, the Revolutionary, Civil and World Wars and life on the Rappahannock River. A special membership card will be sent to all registered runners prior to the Historic Half. The complimentary membership has a $45 value.

Where to Stay in Fredericksburg  

Book a Fredericksburg-area hotel through the Historic Half reservation page. Additional options include the event headquarters hotel, the Hilton Garden Inn Fredericksburg, conveniently located adjacent to the Healthy Lifestyle Expo and the event's start and finish area, and the Richard Johnston Inn, in the heart of historic Fredericksburg, considered one of the Best B&Bs of the South.


e-Confirmation Cards Delivered in Early May
e-Confirmation cards will be emailed to all Historic Half and Semper Fred 5K registered runners in early May. Runners are instructed to print the card then present it to obtain the official bib and timing device at Packet Pick-up, part of the Historic Half Healthy Lifestyle Expo on May 18-19 at the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center.

Destination: Fredericksburg

There are over 600 half marathons hosted all over the country. The 13.1 distance is unchanged no matter where runners elect to run. One key deciding factor for runners must then be the scenery. By running the Historic Half, participants will step into charming historic downtown Fredericksburg that blends fascinating American heritage with upbeat shopping, dining and entertainment. Find out more about your upcoming visit to Fredericksburg. Change your plans and stay for the weekend in Fredericksburg rather than enduring the drudgery of an early morning, pre-race drive.

Recruit Friends for 5K or Relay

Don't hog all the fun of Historic Half Weekend. Inspire friends, neighbors, co-workers and relatives to register and run, too. If the 13.1 distance overwhelms them, introduce the Semper Fred 5K or Historic Half relay. The Semper Fred 5K starts and finishes under the same impressive scaffolding structure as the Historic Half. All participants receive an impressive medal with recognition-worthy runners receiving age awards, calculated in five year increments.  For a longer distance than the 5K, encourage others to log roughly a quarter marathon as part of a Historic Half relay team. The first team member will complete miles one to six before tagging in a partner in the relay zone, who will run to the finish line. Relay runners receive a distinctive ribbon on their medal and a specially designated competitor shirt for the collaborative effort in covering the 13.1 mile distance.

Run with the Marines

The 2012 MCM event calendar includes challenging courses, wild themes and exciting running experiences aboard Marine Corps Base Quantico. Registration is open for the MCM Event Series including Run Amuck, the wildly popular 3.5 mile mud and obstacle event on June 16; the male vs. female running challenge known as the Gender Defender 5K on August 20; and the Turkey Trot 10K on November 17. For those not running, volunteer support is always appreciated.