Richmond, VA

Monument Ave & Capitol Complex

One of the most popular street runs in Richmond is this jaunt down the length of Monument Ave, where runners can take in a variety of statues commemorating Richmond’s vibrant history. The road begins at the Robert E. Lee Memorial (At Monument and North Allen Ave). From here, it stretches west for about 1.6 miles, passing monuments to Confederate Civil War veterans J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis, Thomas “Stonewall” Jackson, and Matthew Fontaine Maury. The final statue in the chain is of Richmond’s native born tennis star Arthur Ashe. The road continues for several miles after the officially designated Historic District, and there are some nice houses to look at, but the sidewalk peters out just past the Willow Lawn area (about 3 miles in). An out and back through the Historic District is a solid 5 km.

Capitol Complex. Author Photo

Capitol:  From the Robert E Lee Memorial, continue east along West St.. through the pretty campus of Virginia Commonwealth University, then Monroe Park (~1 mile), and east along Franklin St. or Grace St. to the Capitol. There, do a loop of the park-like grounds of the stately Capitol area — some good hills and stairs! It’s 2 miles one-way from the Robert E Lee Memorial to the Capitol

Add-Ons:  There are very nice residential streets off Monument Ave., especially to the south.

Monument Ave is also home to a popular 10 km race each April.

Essentials
  • Monument Ave is 1.6 miles one-way; Capitol is 2 miles from Robert E Lee Memorial. Combined route is ~7 miles out and back
  • 108 feet
  • Monument and North Allen Ave.
  • Broad + Bowe Bus Stop