Gwynn’s Island Festival Race

2021 June 26th at 8am

Held in conjunction with the annual Gwynn’s Island Festival in Mathews County, Virginia on the last weekend in June.

Race Details

Race Route

Starting and ending adjacent to the festival grounds, the route follows quiet backroads around the island, behind the local fire station, by the small rural post office, and alongside a wharf side dock. The race course is 4 miles and there will be a 1+ mile fun run option available.

Packet Pickup

Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before the scheduled race start time. There is ample parking at the festival parking lot and it is a short walk to the race start/ finish area. Race bibs and any giveaway items will be available for self-service pickup. Volunteers will be on hand to assist with questions.


The cost for the Gwynn’s Island Festival race is $25 per person for the main race (4 mile course). The Fun Run is open at no cost for participation – note: the fun run distance is slightly longer than one mile. Registration closes 24 hours prior to the race. Click Here To Sign Up [link coming soon]

Race Day Schedule

Due to COVID-19 safety precautions, the race organizers have opted for pre-registration only to reduce contact between volunteers and participants. There will be no race day registration available. After picking up your race packet & bib, we’ll have brief instructions prior to the scheduled start.

Other Fun Facts

Mathews County Visitors

Learn more about the area by visiting the Mathews Visitor Information website at which also includes a full calendar of events and recommended places to eat & stay during your visit. The Gwynn’s Island Museum is just one of the county’s historic sites and sits right next to the festival grounds.

Places to Stay in Mathews

4-Mile Race Course

Start/Finish at Gwynn’s Island Civic Center > Old Ferry Road > Chesapeake Rd > Mad Calf Rd > North Bay Haven > Old Ferry > turnaround at Tin Can Alley > Old Ferry > South Bay Haven > Edwards Landing > turnaround at dock > South Bay Haven > Old Ferry to finish.


The 2020 Race was 4 miles and was held under a new “By Appointment” format where participants raced in a live setting with start times spaced 2 minutes apart for social distancing.

2020 Results

2016 – 2019 Events consisted of three separate races: 8k Race, 5k Race and the Fun Run option. In 2015 (inaugural year), we had 5k & Fun Runs options.

2019 8k Race2019 5k Race2019 Fun Run
2018 8k Race2018 5k Race2018 Fun Run
2017 8k Race2017 5k Race
2016 8k Race2016 5k Race2016 Fun Run
2015 5k Race2015 Fun Run

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