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      Exceptional races on exceptional courses

      Bad to the Bone Endurance Sports was founded by Gill and Francesca in 2001. Bad to the Bone first event was the Charlottesville Marathon and Half Marathon, finally bringing a nationally recognized destination Marathon to Charlottesville. Ten years later, the Charlottesville Marathon has received national press coverage including:

      "One of the best new Marathons in the U.S.A."- Runner's World Magazine. "One of the top destination Marathons in the Country"- The New York Times. "Considered by many as the most scenic marathon course in the East"- Running Times Magazine

      All the Bad to the Bone events showcase the natural and historical beauty of the Charlottesville area and the surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains, or any other area where the event is being held. Ranging from 5K to 100K, running a Bad to the Bone events is always a unique, enriching and challenging experience, allowing every participant to test their limit while having the best time of their lives. Gill and Francesca always greet every finisher at the finish line, with a smile, great awards and long lasting memories.

      "Discover your new normal!"


      About Gill and Francesca

      Gill and Francesca are professional runners and race directors. A passion-driven lifestyle best describes their running philosophy, intrinsic to the races they run and direct.
      Gill and Francesca's active lives include:

      • Owners of Bad to the Bone Sports
      • Professional runners with companies including Hoka One One, CLIF Bar, Kuhl Clothing, Injinji Toesocks
      • Featured on the Discovery Channel in "Architecture and Design of Man and Woman"
      • Coaches for runners and walkers of all backgrounds
      • Coaches for Running Clinics & Corporate speakers
      • Above all, they love and enjoy the elemental simplicity and austerity of nature and have made their life's mission to share this passion with others. Feel free to contact us.

      Thanks to the efforts of Gill and Francesca, Charlottesville has become one of the country's Top Running Towns- Trail Runner Magazine

      Follow us on the matrix!




      Watch the Discovery Channel documentary featuring Gill and Francesca
      Gill and Francesca's Radio Show on 106.1 The Corner
      The Charlottesville Marathon, one of the Top Five Destination Marathons in the USA