High Bridge Half-Marathon and 5K


Have you run the High Bridge? Whether or not you’ve run the High Bridge Half-Marathon & 5K before, you won’t want to miss year seven on October 5, 2019. Click Here to register.

The historic High Bridge runs through the Heart of Virginia in Prince Edward and Cumberland Counties. The High Bridge, which was heralded as the largest bridge of its kind in the United States, and the battle for control of it was a contributing factor to General Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in nearby Appomattox Courthouse. Today, the bridge is the centerpiece of the 31-mile High Bridge Trail State Park which includes the historic commercial district of Farmville.

Farmville was the site of one of the last battles of the American Civil War and home to one of the first critical moments in the Battle for Civil Rights in Education. As the Heart of Virginia, Farmville Downtown is home to the flagship store for Green Front Furniture and a delightful historic commercial district filled with restaurants, retail, and galleries. Farmville Downtown promises something for everyone who comes to spend a day, a weekend, or a lifetime.

The race will be held on an out-and-back course beginning in Farmville Downtown at High Bridge Trail State Park Plaza.  The park is a rail-to-trail conversion that is wide, level and has very little grade.  The trail surface consists of finely crushed limestone that is well packed.  The half marathon will cross the historic High Bridge twice.  High Bridge is nearly a half mile long and towers 125 feet above the Appomattox River.

Thanks to our title sponsor, Centra, runners will enjoy on-course support with spirit groups, live music, water stations, and Port-O-Potties. Timing and scoring is provided by Riverside Runners, Lynchburg, VA. Finisher medals will be presented to all half-marathon runners who complete the race during the timing period.


  • Half Marathon starts at 7:30am
  • 5K starts at 8am

Registration: Online registration

Early Bird: Now through Friday, September 6. Half Marathon: $65 per runner; 5K: $30 per runner.

Regular: Friday, September 7, 2019 through October 5, 2019. Half-Marathon: $80 per runner; 5K: $35 per runner. Event tee shirts are not guaranteed for registrations received after August 11, 2019.

On-Site Registration is available for electronic registrations during Packet Pickup Hours (below)

Packet Pickup Hours: 

Friday, October 4, Noon – 8 pm; at the Prince Edward Visitor Center:  121 E 3rd St, Farmville, VA 23901

Saturday, October 5, 6:00 am – 7:00 am (Half-Marathon) or 7:30 am (5K) at the Real Living Cornerstone – 238 N Main St, Farmville, VA 23901

Awards Ceremony

Awards Ceremonies will be held after both the 5K and half-marathon at the High Bridge Trail Plaza located near the intersection of High Bridge Trail and Main Street.

5K Award Ceremony
— 9:30 a.m.
Half-Marathon Award Ceremony— 10:30 a.m.

Finisher medals will be presented to all half-marathon runners who complete the race during the timing period.  Cash awards will be presented to the top 3 overall male & female finishers for the half marathon. Awards will be presented to the top three overall finishers and to the top three age level finishers for each race with half-marathon overall Master (40+), and Grand Master (50+). Ceremony times and itineraries will be included in Runners’ Electronic Packets.


We need you to make this race happen. Find out how you can help.
Click here for more information on how to get involved!

Where to Stay

Farmville has lots of great lodging options; Click here for more information.

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