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Step by step: A rundown of the course
Historic Half Marine Corps Marathon - Fredericksburg 2009 course information.

Date published: 5/14/2009

Fredericksburg packs a diverse set of sights and attractions into its 10 square miles. The Historic Half will take you through a lot of them, from the newest commercial areas to the historic downtown, and back.

The start and finish line for this race is in the middle of what is planned as a major tourism campus in Fredericksburg, called Celebrate Virginia.

To your left as you cross the starting line, you’ll see a new Wegmans grocery store, which is preparing to open June 21.

The Celebrate Virginia Live concert series kicked off this year, and on Friday night of race weekend, the Gin Blossoms will play off Gordon W. Shelton Boulevard.

Kalahari Resorts also has plans to build a water-park hotel and conference center around the Fredericksburg Expo and Convention Center where you picked up your race gear, so stay tuned to how this piece of the city changes in the coming years.

Just after you pass the one-mile marker, you’ll cross over Interstate 95, a road that takes many Fredericksburg-area residents to jobs in Washington each day.

Shortly after the two-mile mark, you’ll turn right onto a road that will lead you through the Westwood subdivision, and out to State Route 3, a road that would take you down the Northern Neck to the east, or out to Culpeper to the west.

But you’ll be turning left, following William Street up a slight hill.

This road will lead you into historic downtown Fredericksburg.

You’re going to take a somewhat winding path to get there, though. After you pass the University of Mary Washington on your left, you’ll turn onto Sunken Road, and enter the College Terrace neighborhood.

You’ll wind through this neighborhood, and past the stately homes that line Washington Avenue and Prince Edward Street. As you turn onto William Street at the seven-mile marker, you’ll catch a glimpse of Hurkamp Park. Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin held a rally here this past fall, but on most mornings, this is the scene of the city’s farmers market.

William Street will take you to Princess Anne Street, a corridor that includes many of the city’s government offices, courts and churches.

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