Virginia War Memorial 5K Run/Walk To Remember - FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

How much is the race?   
     5K Run/Walk - $25 
       Pre-registration closes April 19 @ 11:59 pm.  Race day registration is $25/person.

     KidsFunRun (ages 3-12) – FREE
       Free but must register, sign waiver and pick up race bracelet the day of the race (1/2 mile) 

     BedHead Runner – $35
Stay home the day of the race and have your race shirt mailed to you!! 

How do I register? 
Register online or you can download a form to complete and return (with payment) to the Virginia War Memorial.  Pre-race registration will close on Wednesday, April 19, 2017, at 11:59 pm.   

After pre-race registration has closed you may still register at Packet Pick-Up and the day of the race @ $25/person.  All race registration and Packet Pick-Up closes on race day, Saturday, April 22 at 8:00 am. 

The Virginia War Memorial is not responsible for lost, late, or misdirected applications.   

When and where can I pick up my race packet?
Friday, April 21, 2017, 10:00 am – 7:00 pm @ the Virginia War Memorial
Saturday, April 22, 2017, 7:00 am – 8:00 pm @ the Virginia War Memorial  

A photo ID is required to pick up your race packet. You can pick up a race packet for another pre-registered runner, but you must have a copy of their photo ID.  When picking up for a team, you must have a ID copy of all members of the your team. 

Will I get a VWM 5K Run-Walk To Remember t-shirt?
T-shirt sizes are guaranteed to all that have registered by April 5, 2017 so make sure you register early!   

What time do the races begin?
7:00 am - Registration & check-in
8:00 am - Registration & check-in CLOSES
8:00 am - Welcome & rally
8:15 am - KidsFunRun
8:25 am - 5K Run/Walk

How do I get a Memorial flag for a loved one?
For a donation of $10 you can sponsor a flag with the name and information of a service member that has died (while in service or after having served).  These remembrance flags will line the finish line for all to see.  Last day to purchase a Remembrance flag is Sunday, April 16, 2017 - 11:59 pm.  You can sponsor through the online registration page or download the registration form and fill in.  Orders for Memorial flags will NOT be taken at Packet Pick-Up or on race day.     

How does my company get to be a sponsor of the race? 
There are various levels of sponsorships that are available.  For more information on how your company can be a supporter of this race and the Virginia War Memorial, call 804.786.2074. 

Can I Volunteer?
Volunteers are cheerfully accepted and encouraged.  Go to our registration page and sign up for one or more of the following:

   Wednesday, April 20, 2016:   
        Packet Stuffing:  noon - 5 pm (4 needed)
   Friday, April 22, 2016
        Packet Pick-up:  10 am - 1 pm (3 needed)
                                   1 pm - 4 pm (3 needed)
                                   4 pm -  7 pm (3 needed)
   Saturday, April 23, 2016
        Packet Pick-up:   6 am - 11 am (6 needed)
        Registration:        6 am - 10 am (15 needed)
        Course Marshals:  6 am - 11 am (100 needed)
        Bag Drop:           6 am - 11 am (2 needed)

For more information about volunteering, call 804.786.2091. 

Do I have to be in the race to get a Memorial flag?  
Participation in the Run/Walk To Remember is not necessary to honor a loved one with a Memorial Flag.  If you are not participating in the race you'll need to fill out the Memorial flag order form portion of the race brochure and mail the completed form with your payment, to the Memorial or through our to our registration page and select “Memorial Flag.”

Will awards be given?
Awards will be given to the top three male and female.  Medals will be given to all who participate in the KidsFunRun.    

How long is the race?
This is a 3.1 mile fun run around the Virginia War Memorial and through the historic and beautiful Hollywood Cemetery. 

Can I see a course map?
The map can be found on the Virginia War Memorial’s 5k Run/Walk To Remember website or by clicking here  

Does this race support any charities?
Yes.  All proceeds from the race go to fund the Virginia War Memorial educational programs.   

Where can I park?
There is parking at the Virginia War Memorial and its neighbors at VHDA and Afton with on-street parking as well.  

Will there be a bag drop-off?
There will be a manned free bag drop-off at the Memorial the day of the event - beginning @ 7:30 am and closing @ 11:00 am. 

Do I have to wear my Virginia War Memorial issued bib?
All participants MUST wear their VWM 5K Run/Walk To Remember bib that can be seen at all times to participate in the race.  If you do not have a Virginia War Memorial 5K bib you will not be allowed on the course.   

Is the race chip-timed and the course certified?
The race is meant to be a fun-run and is chip-timed. The race will be computer timed by the Commonwealth Timing, Inc. with results posted after completion of the race online at and  The course is not certified with the USATF, but we know it to be accurate. 

Does the race allow walkers?
Yes!  We will have a 1 hour and 20 minute maximum with the course being closed to traffic. After 1 hour 20 minutes, any participants still on the course will be asked to finish.   

Are pets and strollers allowed on the course?
Strollers are welcome as are pets.  Strollers must start after the runners and be mindful of other participants and terrain if bringing a stroller.  Pets (and their humans) must abide by all City of Richmond laws – all pets must be leashed and under control at all times.  Please be mindful of others and clean up after your pet.  

Will there be refreshments?  
There will be light snacks and water after the race and water will be provided by the Virginia War Memorial at mile marker 2 and the start/finish area.   

What happens if it rains or there is inclement weather?
Virginia War Memorial’s 5K Run/Walk To Remember is a rain or shine event.    

Refund Policy:
The event does not give refunds. Registration is NON-TRANSFERABLE.