Policies and Rules

COVID Notice:

We are currently watching for any standards established by NC Governor Cooper and the New River Marathon COVID policy may change in these final weeks.  However, the current NRM policy is defined below.

It was great to run in 2020 and it was little different with assigned start waves and additional precautions.  But otherwise we had a beautiful day of racing in the breathtaking Blue Ridge Mountains.

We are thrilled to announce for NRM2021, that COVID restrictions have been lifted for outdoor events.  In alignment with CDC Guidelines: North Carolina Governor Cooper released Executive Order 215 effective May 14, 2021.  For the purpose of the New River Marathon, this Executive Order has lifted face covering requirements, social distancing requirements and capacity restrictions for outdoor events.

  • Proof of COVID vaccination will not be requested from runners, volunteers or staff.
  • Face Coverings will not be required for runners.
  • Runners/volunteers/staff may choose to wear a face covering, which is recommended for unvaccinated people.
  • Social Distancing will not be required.
  • Capacity Limit will not be restricted.
  • The New River Marathon, Half Marathon and 5K will return to a mass start.  Those runners who are uncomfortable with a mass start may start toward the back of the pack.  Per USATF Standards overall awards and course records will be determined by Gun Time.  Age group awards will be based on chip time.
  • Awards Ceremony for each race distance will be held.

Boston Marathon Qualifier:

The New River Marathon course is USA Track and Field (USATF) certified. This designation certifies that the New River Marathon and its course comply with the strict USATF criteria for a marathon and therefore serves as qualifier for the Boston Marathon.

Click Here to link to the Boston Marathon Qualifying Standards website page.

Refund Policy:

Entry fees will not be refunded for any reason.  The runner accepts full responsibility for the entry fee.

If the course is changed, if the race is cancelled, or if the event time is changed due to circumstances beyond race management control, such as act of nature, there are no refunds or transfers to subsequent years.

Severe Weather Notification:

In the event of inclement race day weather, the New River Marathon will seek and follow the advice of County Emergency Management and/or onsite Emergency Personnel.  Our primary concern is participant safety, community safety and emergency response.  Weather which may impact the race day event schedule may include, but not limited to: sustained heavy rains that severely limits visibility, sustained heavy rains that leads to flooding during the event, lightning, tornado, extreme fog or other severe weather event.  If race day weather does not impact the event schedule, a notification will not be posted.  If race day weather does impact the event schedule, the New River Marathon will:
1. Staff the event phone land line (336-877-8888), which is staffed regardless of weather.
2. Update the voice message on the land line to include weather related delays or cancellations or notices.
3. Post on New River Marathon Facebook page.

Transfer Policy (to another runner):

Registered runners may transfer their entry to another runner.  This transfer must be completed by August 31 and will require a $20 transfer fee.  To request a transfer, please contact race management by clicking here and include your full name, DOB, race and date of registration.  Also include information of runner to receive transfer: full name, DOB, race, email and phone.

The difference in entry fee will not be refunded if the new runner selects a lesser distance race.  If the new runner selects a race of greater distance, then he/she will also be responsible for the difference in entry fee (based on the current entry fee schedule), plus the $20 transfer fee.

Transfer Policy (to another race):

Runners may transfer to a lesser distance race (Marathon to the Half-Marathon, Half-Marathon to the 5K) without penalty.  The difference in entry fee will not be refunded.  Runners wishing to transfer to a greater distance race will be required to pay the difference in entry fee (based on the current entry fee schedule).  Transfers to a greater or lesser distance race must be completed by Sept. 19.  All race transfers after Sept. 19 will require a $10 transfer fee.  To request a transfer, please contact race management by clicking here and include your full name, DOB, race, date of registration and race to which you wish to transfer.

Deferral (to another year):

Deferring your race entry to the next calendar year’s event is possible.  The request for deferral must be received by August 31.  The runner will forfeit the current year’s entry fee.  Registration for 2022 will require a $20 deferral fee.  To submit your request for deferral, please contact race management by clicking here and include your full name, DOB, race and date of registration.

Course Policy

Bandits (non-registered runners), strollers, bicycles, rollerblades, wagons, and pets are NOT permitted on the course.

Runners are to run on the left side of the road (unless instructed otherwise) and must allow vehicles to pass.

All courses are open to normal traffic, which is very light.  Traffic will be held for the start of each race.


USA Track and Field and Road Runners Club of America recommend against using headphones while running.  Runners participating in the New River Marathon events may not wear dual headphones.  New River Marathon roads are open to normal vehicular traffic.  Runners who are wearing dual headphones create undo congestion and safety concerns for themselves, other runners and motorists.  Because of these safety concerns the New River Marathon will not allow use of dual headphones during its 3 races.  Runners may wear a single ear bud if they can hear Race Officials and vehicles.  Runners wearing dual earphones will have their earphones and devices confiscated by race officials and/or emergency personnel.  Failure to comply will result in disqualification.

Course Time Limit

The marathon time limit is 6 hours (1:30pm), which a 13:44/mile pace.  The course for the half-marathon will also close at 1:30pm (5:45 time limit). Walkers and Ruckers are welcome in the Half-Marathon and 4-Mile.

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