November 8, 2015


Massive Medal Half

Start: 7:00 AM

CNU Alumni 5K

Please Note New Start Time

Start: 9:00 AM


Start: 10:00 AM

Enjoy entry level pricing for Christopher Newport University Alumni, Students and Faculty/Staff!

The Virginia Running Festival from Flat-Out Events is BACK! The newly branded Massive Medal Half Marathon follows the same great 13.1 mile course through historical neighborhoods of Newport News, on Mariners' Museum property, and back through the beautiful campus of Christopher Newport University!


The Festival also features the Alumni 5K on the campus of CNU--and the Little Captains Half-Miler for kids of all ages!


The Virginia Running Festival benefits the Christopher Newport University Alumni Society. By Running in these races you will help support CNU student scholarships, alumni programs and the alumni house.



NOVEMBER 8, 2015 | 7:00 AM

In 2013 the new course gained a reputation for speed! That combined with the beautiful scenery of CNU, the Mariners' Museum Park, and the James River make this course a gem on the local race scene. OH! And if it wasn't obvious...we bring the BIG BLING! To see more details of the course scroll down.

Enjoy entry level pricing for all Christopher Newport University Alumni, Students and Faculty/Staff!


Want the turn by turn? Check out the route below! It is scenic, mostly flat and provides a few challenging sections to make sure you earn your medal!


Packet Pick-up locations? What's the SWAG for this year? Where the heck should you park? How many miles is a half marathon? We give you the answers.


Is this your first half marathon or your fourteenth? No matter your experience level, no matter your pace. We have a plan that will help you reach your personal best!


Do you have a group of people who you want to sign up at the same time? Are you looking for the Mail-in Registration form? Look no further!




NOVEMBER 8, 2015 | 9:00 AM

Please note the new start time for the CNU Alumni 5K

If you are looking for a flat 5K, this is the one, with only 39-feet of total elevation gain. Tour the gorgeous CNU campus one mile at a time before finishing at the 50 yard line of Pomoco Stadium just in time for the party! The Alumni 5K is open to all runners & is not limited to CNU alumni.

Enjoy entry level pricing for all Christopher Newport University Alumni, Students and Faculty/Staff!


Make sure you know every turn so you can have the competitive edge over your running buddy! Click the link below to view the course map.


Packet Pick-up locations? What's the SWAG for this year? Where the heck should you park? How many miles is a 5K? We give you the answers.


Do you have a group of people who you want to sign up at the same time? Are you looking for the Mail-in Registration form? Look no further!




NOVEMBER 8, 2015 | 10:00 AM

It's never too early to be a captain. This is one of the highlights of the day, where kids (both young and old) can dash a 1/2 mile with Captain Chris, and finish in front of onlookers inside Pomoco Stadium. Parents may choose to run with their child if he or she needs help staying on course or is under 4 years old. Otherwise, we encourage you to stay at the start / finish line area to get great pictures!


Need more information on the 1/2 Mile Fun Run? Check out our Fun Run FAQ section.


Do you have a group of people who you want to sign up at the same time? Are you looking for the Mail-in Registration form? Look no further!

  • We are excited to be back at CNU for the 2015 Virginia Running Festival. Every year we have so much fun and are encouraged by so many people deciding to live a healthier life.
  • Celebrate your accomplishment after you cross the finish line. Enjoy food, fun and music at the Post-Race Bash!
  • Take on the challenge of the Virginia Running Festival! Make it your first 5K or your next Half Marathon PR.



Click on the links below to view results from the 2014 Virginia Running Festival, as well as results from previous years.




Below you will find all you need to know regarding race registration for the Virginia Running Festival. From our race rates and price increase dates to locations and times for packet pick up.

  • Nov 18 - Dec 14
  • $60.00
  • Dec 15 - Feb 28
  • $70.00
  • Mar 1 - May 31
  • $75.00
  • Jun 1 - Sep 30
  • $80.00
  • Oct 1 - Nov 8
  • $85.00
  • Nov 18 - Dec 14
  • $25.00
  • Dec 15 - Feb 28
  • $30.00
  • Mar 1 - May 31
  • $35.00
  • Jun 1 - Sep 30
  • $40.00
  • Oct 1 - Nov 8
  • $45.00
  • The 1/2 Mile Fun Run Is Always


Got a group of 10 or more runners for the Half-Marathon or the 5K?
Register together and save $$!
Email us at raceteam@flatoutevents.com for our group rate schedule.



Packet Pick-Up will be held at Point 2 Running Company at the following dates and times:
Friday, November 6
4pm - 7pm: Point2 Running Company
Saturday, November 7
10am - 5pm: Point2 Running Company

Please make every effort to attend Packet Pick-Up to receive your race number & shirt. However, if you cannot attend:
  1. You may send someone else to pic up your packet. Please download the Packet Pick-Up Authorization Form and follow the instructions.
  2. Race morning pick-up is available as a last resort option. Please plan to arrive at the start no later than 5:30am to pick up your race number.

Items will not be mailed to registrants who do not participate.



Flat–Out Events wants to change lives. Yes, we are an event management company specializing in running events, but our passion is to influence people. Being a part of the running and walking community has impacted our lives tremendously and it gives us great joy to pass that influence along through our events.
Doing this requires a team! We would like you to consider joining our team and partnering with us on this mission.


We cannot put on the best races without our partners. Our partnership levels are designed to make our sponsors an integral part of the event.


Sponsorship doesn't have to be monetary. An in-kind donation of products or services may be just as valuable. Does your business have something to offer? Can products or services be used as an incentive to participants? Be creative - there are countless ways to create mutually beneficial partnerships!

For more information on how to get your business involved, contact us at raceteam@flatoutevents.com.



Without our volunteers, our events wouldn't happen. Volunteering places you in an incredibly fun and energetic environment. Sound like something you would want to be a part of?
Scroll through the volunteer opportunities below and then email us at raceteam@flatoutevents.com. Our Volunteer Coordinator will contact you about helping out!

Registration and Packet Pick-Up

We have lots of opportunities for volunteering the week before the race!

Packet Pickup
Volunteers are needed to work the registration tables, greet runners and distribute pre-registration packets and shirts on Friday and Saturday (Point 2 Running Company, Newport News.

Friday, November 6, Newport News (Point 2 Running Company):
12 pm – 6 pm, Eight at a time, in shifts

Saturday, November 7, Newport News (Point 2 Running Company):
10 am – 5 pm, Six at a time, in shifts.

Volunteer Hospitality Team

We need volunteers to take care of our volunteers! Help our Volunteer Coordinator take care of all of the volunteers and direct them to where they need to go. Make sure everyone has a smile on their face and are ready to work!
Volunteers Needed: 4
Hours: Sunday, 05:30 am - 10:00 am

Gear Check

So what DO runners do with their keys, cell phones and sunglasses? Leave them with Gear Check, of course! Volunteers needed to receive athletes' personal gear, bag it, mark it, and store it at race start-up and release it back the finish.
Volunteers Needed: 6
Hours: Sunday, 6:00 am - 10:00 am

Course Marshals

Ever want to be a Marshal? These folks are positioned at specific areas and intersections on the race route. Your job is to ensure that runners remain safely on the designated route, direct the runners on the course where changes of direction occur and hold back traffic. You are the eyes and ears of the Race Director in case a runner needs help.

Course Marshals will receive instructions and assignments before race start and will be dismissed once the race has finished.
Volunteers Needed: 50
Hours: Sunday, 6:00 am - 10:00 am

Water Stops

Volunteers will set up water stops before the race and staff water stations along the course. You'll hand out water to runners and pick up empty cups and clean up post-race. Enthusiasm a must!
Volunteers Needed: 20
Hours: Sunday, 6:00 am – 10:00 am

Start/Finish Line

Do you like to see runners cross the finish line? This job is for you! Volunteers will direct athletes through the finish chute, encourage them to keep moving and control the chute area. You'll have to (kindly) direct spectators to stay clear of the clock and not crowd the finish line so runners can freely pass through. The best part: distribute water to the runners and direct finishers and spectators to refreshments and post-race activities.
Volunteers Needed: 30
Hours: Sunday, 6:00 am – 10:00 am

Medical Volunteers

Medical Volunteers will provide non-technical support (water, ice, towels) and any other assistance deemed necessary by our contracted Medical Team on site. Certified MD's, RN's/LPN's, EMT's, CMT's are encouraged to contact us at raceteam@flatoutevents.com with details of your medical experience. We love our nurses, medics, techs and docs!
Volunteers Needed: 5
Hours: Sunday, 6:00 am - 10:00 am


Another bonding opportunity! Volunteers that like to tear things apart (okay, down) will be responsible for helping to clean-up, take equipment down, load it to trailers and trucks and help leave the park as pristine as when we arrived. Volunteers should expect light to moderate lifting.

We would prefer the Tear-Down team to be a part of the Course Marshals as well, as all volunteers must arrive at the same time on Sunday morning.
Volunteers Needed: 8
Hours: Sunday, 6:00 am - 11:00 am

Additional Volunteer Information:

  1. We would love to have our Team Captains have previous race experience in the desired area. But if not, a desire to take charge is a must! Please tell us about your experience when registering.
  2. Please do not bring children under 14 with you when you volunteer!
  3. If you are volunteering on Sunday, please do not plan to run in the race. You will not be able to do both.




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Flat-Out Events, LLC


11843 Canon Boulevard | Suite B
Newport News, Virginia 23606


Phone: 757-880-8843
Email: raceteam@flatoutevents.com