Policies and Rules

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 April 11 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 Sunday, April 30.  All race transfers after April 30 will require a $10 transfer fee.  To complete your race transfer, please CLICK HERE to learn how to return to your registration page and complete the transfer. Please contact race management by clicking here if assistance is needed.

Deferral (to another year):

If you are unable to run in 2023, please notify race management by April 11.  Per our no-refund policy the runner will forfeit the current year’s entry fee.  However, the runner will receive a 50% discounted coupon code valid for 2024.  This option and coupon code are applicable to the next year and cannot be transferred to subsequent years.  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), bicycles, rollerblades, wagons, and pets are NOT permitted on the course.  Baby joggers/strollers are permitted.

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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