Running Man Neighborhood Spotlight

Yorktown, VA is a great place to call home. It’s full of character and culture and its weather is mild.

All these things and more are reason enough to put down stakes in Yorktown, but with so many wonderful neighborhoods to choose from it can be tough to decide which one is right for you. That’s why “Mr Williamsburg” writes these  Neighborhood Spotlight articles to introduce readers to the pros and cons of the area’s many unique locales. Today, we’re looking at the exciting Yorktown’s Running Man neighborhood.

By the way, many tech people tell me I should write short posts about area neighborhoods. Something around 450 words. I have found through the years that home buyers who are out of the area want to know as much as possible about the neighborhood, the homes, the surrounding area, schools, shopping, recreation, and more. As a result, these posts are a bit longer,  2300+ words to be exact  So, sorry for my verbosity but I am trying to give you all the information I can!

Ever heard of the neighborhood,  Running Man? Chances are, probably not. This small intimate neighborhood is located off Victory Blvd and is bordered by Big Bethel Rd, Cary Chapel Rd, and Hampton Highway.  Nearby neighborhoods include Coventry, Yorkshire Downs, Wythe Creek Farms, Woods of Tabb, The Greenlands, Old Port Cove, Falcon Crest, and others.

Running Man is a sought-after community in the Yorktown Va area. It was developed in the mid 1980’s with home construction stretching from 1985 to today.  There are 560+ homes in the Running Man neighborhood. In terms of style, Running Man is filled with beautiful colonial-styled transitionals. Two-story homes are predominant though there are several ranch homes.  The lot sizes for single-family homes range from approximately ..28-.75  acres with most averaging .44 of an acre in the older section and .28 acre in the newer section. Homes in Running Man range from 2000- 4800 square feet with the median size coming in at 3000 square feet.

Running Man was developed by Harrison and Lear who also developed such well-known projects as  Elizabeth Lake Estates, Equestrian Run, Malvern,  Willow Oaks, and Windsor Great Park.

Some of Yorktown’s best builders have built homes in Running Man including: Katzenberg, C.R. Mclellon/ Marquee Homes, Darrell Hunter, Darrell Rutherford, Greenfield Homes, J.D. Blanchard, Kramer Construction, Pickett Corp, Randall Sarfan, Kicotan Co, Suburban Builders and Wayne Harbin.

Why is  Running Man so popular? It’s simple ~  its located in heart of York County  County, a tight-knit community . Wooded home sites,street lights, ,Bike/running lane along Running Man Trail ,Highly rated York County Public schools , Easy access to everything on the peninsula, , Common use recreation area with playground , Active volunteer homeowner association,20+year established neighborhood with new homes being built ,Pool available through Running Man Recreation Association.

2008 York County Neighborhood of the Year Award in the category of Community & Spirit.

Running Man Location 

Running Man is located in the highly popular Tabb area of York County.  This community is close to NASA and only a few miles from Langley Air Force Base.  approximately less than 10 minutes from Colonial Williamsburg, Busch Gardens and Water Country. It  is easily accessible to RT 17 and I-64 for a quick and easy commute to the peninsula, Newport News, Ft Eustis, Cheatham Annex, USCG Training Center in  Yorktown and most points on the Peninsula.

The Running Man Recreation Association   ( RMRA) was founded as a nonprofit corporation in 1998 to develop and operate a swimming pool and clubhouse in the Running Man subdivision of York County, Virginia. The facilities include a 25-meter 6-lane main pool, a wading area attached to the main pool, a 15 ft. diameter tot pool, a 1,700 sq. ft. clubhouse, and a 47-car parking lot. Membership is available to anyone living in the Running Man community. Events hosted by RMRA have included a Triathlon, book exchange, aqua zumba, 4th of July Parades, Late Night Swims, Halloween Parades and more.

The annual homeowner association fee is $143 with an additional $350 annually if you join the pool. One of the lowest-priced HOA communities with a pool. Note there is a one-time initiation fee of $1250 to join RMRA.

Running Man has an active Neighborhood Watch program, that resulted in the community being named Neighborhood of the Year by the York County Board of Supervisors.

The Running Man Manta Rays is the summer league swim team for the Running Man Community. The Manta Rays are part of the Greater Peninsula Swimming Association (GPSA) The Manta Rays have been around for twelve years with swimmers range from novice to experienced year-rounders.

Running Man  Makes The Grade!!!

Running Man students are fortunate to attend  York County Schools. Students go to Mt. Vernon  Elementary, Tabb Middle School, and Tabb High School.

image Yorktown’s Mount Vernon Elementary School serves grades PK-5 in the York County School Division district. It is among the few public schools in Virginia to receive a distinguished GreatSchools Rating of 10 out of 10.

York County has one of the top public school systems in Virginia. Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country. There are also eight colleges and universities and three community colleges in Hampton Roads. The region has the highest concentration of colleges and universities in the entire State of Virginia.

By almost every measure of academic achievement – such as promotion rates, graduation rates, and standardized test scores – York County‘s school students rank among the best in the state. As a result, York County is among the leading localities in the percentage of high school graduates planning to continue their education.

For parents desiring a private school option, there are numerous options to choose from including, Hampton Roads Academy and more. Explore private school locations here

With a real estate tax of $0.6575  per $100 York County taxes are among the lowest in the Hampton Roads region. The annual taxes on a typical home in Running Man Coventry valued at $500,000 would equal  $3287.00 a year. To put that in perspective the annual taxes on the same value home in neighboring Newport News would be $5500.00 annually.  OUCH! A savings of $184.00 monthly

What’s For Sale in Running Man?

Located in the heart of the Virginia Peninsula, York County stretches 27 miles from Williamsburg to Hampton and covers 108 square miles. The County is 20 minutes from Norfolk and less than an hour from Richmond. With more than 200 miles of coastline along the York River and Chesapeake Bay, waterfront property is abundant. The County is adjacent to James City County, the Cities of Williamsburg, Newport News, Hampton, and Poquoson. York County is part of the Hampton Roads Metropolitan Statistical Area that ranks 31st in population in the United States.

With the abundance of coastline on the York River and the Chesapeake Bay, locals here know how to have fun. Whether they’re swimming, fishing, boating, or beachcombing, living here on the coast not only provides wonderful recreational activities, it provides a temperate climate in which to enjoy them. York County is part of the Historic Triangle, which includes Jamestown, Williamsburg and Yorktown. This diverse region is rich in significant historical sites, world-class cultural attractions, as well as beautiful golf courses. There are three golf courses, indoor movie theaters, a bowling alley, and an amateur theater in addition to the Yorktown Victory Center, Yorktown Battlefields & Visitor Center, Water Country USA, and numerous other attractions nearby. Other local attractions include: Busch Gardens and Water Country USA, Colonial Williamsburg,  Historic Jamestowne and Yorktown Battlefield Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown Victory Center

Today, Yorktown is a living part of a national treasure known as the “Historic Triangle – Jamestown, Williamsburg, & Yorktown” which attracts millions of tourists each year.

While replete with history, York County is ever mindful of its role in the new century. It is an attractive suburban community that features one of the area’s highest per capita family incomes. The County also features one of the top public school systems in Virginia. Money Magazine named York County schools one of the top 100 education buys in the country

More than 40 percent of York County’s land is earmarked for federal use with installations such as: the US Coast Guard Reserve Training Center, the Colonial National Historical Park, the US Naval Weapons Station, Cheatham Annex, and Camp Peary.


The York County  Parks and Recreation offers year-round programs for youth and adults. Available facilities include a 70 acre sports complex, 42 baseball/softball fields, 35 soccer/football fields, 36 tennis courts, 37 outdoor basketball courts, 5 outdoor tracks, 3 public boat landings, a 12-acre beach/picnic area on the York River, 2 neighborhood park sites, three smaller parks totaling 67 acres, and the newly renovated 545-acre New Quarter Park. Click here for more information.

Topography – Elevations in the 108 square mile county range from sea level to 125 feet above sea level. .

Nearby Golf Options: Newport News Golf Club at Deer Run, Kiln Creek Golf Course

Nearby Fitness Options::YMCA, Cross Fit HR Other Options

Nearby Boating Options: Back Creek ParkWormley Creek Marina, Dare Marina
Seaford Yacht Club

Closest Grocery Stores: Kroger,  Farm Fresh , Trader Joes, Fresh Market, Costco, Sams Club, Food Lion, Wal Mart  Commissary at Langley AFB

Directions: From I 64 take exit 256B , merge onto VA 171 East/ Victory Blvd go 3 miles ,turn right on Big Bethel Rd, .08 mile and then left onto Running Man Trail which takes you into the Running Man neighborhood.

Talk back: Are you a current or past  Running Man resident?  We’d love to hear about your experiences in the neighborhood. Please leave your comments below.

Keep looking: If you like Running Man  you might also like Marlbank Cove,The Lakes At Dare, The Greenlands, Running Man, Taylor Farms, Old Port Cove, Port Myers, Presson Harbor in Coventry, Avery Woods/ Kiln Creek or Bunting Point Estates and others explore area neighborhoods here

Are you looking for homes for sale in Running Man in the Yorktown, Virginia area ?

If you have any questions and/or would like to view homes for sale  in Running Man or other communities in greater Yorktown, Williamsburg or Hampton Roads, I am here to help. Contact me at 757.254.8136 or [email protected]

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Fast Facts: Running ManCity/ County: York

Zip Code: 23185

# Homes: 560+

Homes built from: 1985-2011

Price range: $300s to mid $580’s

Home Size: About 2000 square feet to 4,400 square feet, median 3000

Lot Sizes: .28 to .75 acre , 42 acre median.

HOA Fees:
$143 annual + $350 for pool. (pool is optional )

Homeowner Association Website

Schools:Mt Vernon Elementary,
Tabb Middle,

Property Tax Rate: With a real estate tax of $0.6575 per $100 . The annual taxes on a typical home in Running Man Coventry valued at $500,000 would equal  $3287.00 a year.

Home Styles: Transitional, Colonials, Two Story and some ranches.

Homes were primarily built by Performance Contracting and Nicholson Homes

Community Demographics

  search homes in this neighborhood in hampton roads or williamsburg
The Way it was in 1997
Who said real estate was a bad investment. 14 years ago (in 1997) this 3200 square foot new home in Running Man Williamsburg Bluffs sold for $239.000. Today that home would sell for approximately $650,000.
HOA Contact  Running Man 

Psst. I’m a Williamsburg/ Richmond and Hampton Roads VA real estate agent.

This post was authored by local resident and REALTOR, John Womeldorf. John is known around town as Mr. Williamsburg, for both his extensive knowledge of the Williamsburg/ Richmond/ Hampton Roads area and his expertise in helping buyers and sellers in the local real estate market.

If you are a homeowner searching for someone innovative to sell your home I would love to share my thoughts on marketing. You can read some of the stories I have written about the homes I have sold here.

Additionally, I have helped hundreds of folks find their dream home/ community and would love to help you find yours in Williamsburg, Yorktown, New Kent, VA Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Isle of Wight Poquoson as well as Richmond.

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