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Registration now open for Call Federal Marathon Jr. in October

The event will be held at Byrd Park and will offer two different distance options: a 0.5-mile course for children ages four to seven, and a 1-mile course for children 12 and under.

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From the Press Release:

The fifth-annual Call Federal Marathon Jr. will take place on Saturday, October 29, at Byrd Park, and registration is now open for the event. This kids-only running event, winner of Running USA’s ‘Youth Running Event of the Year’ in 2014, will again be held at Byrd Park and will offer two different distance options: a 0.5-mile course for children ages four to seven, and a 1-mile course for children 12 and under.
 
“Call Federal is proud to be part of Marathon Jr. again this year. We love being part of something that helps children set and reach their goals,” said Roger Ball, Call Federal’s CEO/President. “This is parallel to our mission to help Richmond families meet their financial goals.” 
 
All participating children will receive a special Call Federal Marathon Jr. T-shirt, a finisher medal, and post-race food. The race festival, starting at 10:00am and running until2:00pm, will feature a variety of activities and interactive games, including a photo booth, face painter, arts and crafts, local mascots, and other exciting activities for participants and families. The 0.5-mile distance will begin at 12:00pm, and the 1-miler at 12:15pm. Although it will be held two weeks prior, the Call Federal Marathon Jr. is part of the Anthem Richmond Marathon weekend, which includes the full marathon, the American Family Fitness Half Marathon, and the VCU Health 8k.
 
Kids Run RVA will serve as the official event charity of the Call Federal Marathon Jr. Kids Run RVA is an initiative of Sports Backers that reaches thousands of young people across the Richmond region and gets them moving on a regular basis. With programs for all ages, Kids Run RVA has a particular emphasis on outreach to under-served neighborhoods, where opportunities for physical activity are often limited. Establishing healthy habits early in life is critical to the long-term physical, emotional, and social development of all youth.
 
Kids Run RVA grants funds to schools in order to establish run/walk clubs throughout the Richmond region, which could include support to help schools put on their own running events as well as need-based support to help cover expenses to attend events like the Call Federal Marathon Jr. 
 
For more information on the Call Federal Marathon, Jr. or to register online, please visit www.sportsbackers.org.

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Ukrop’s Monument 10K Shows Off this Year’s Shirt

If your New Year’s resolutions included running in the Ukrop’s 10K today would be a good day to register.

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Your first look at the 2022 Ukrop’s participant shirt, designed by Hamilton Glass. Register here to get yours. The price goes up tomorrow January 4th so don’t hesitate if you want to save a few bucks.

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Glen Allen mosque hoping to clear misconception about Islam at community open house this Saturday

“Muslims are opening the doors of our Mosques to our neighbors to provide them with an opportunity to get to know the Muslim community,” said GainPeace Director Dr. Sabeel Ahmed.

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On Saturday, December 4th, a Glen Allen mosque is inviting the community to a Mosque Open House. The purpose of the open house, says the Islamic Center of Richmond, is to address the increase in Islamophobia and to provide an opportunity for the neighbors to get acquainted with Muslim neighbors while at the same time deepening their understanding of the Islamic faith.

Two Muslim organizations are hosting this event: GainPeace and the Islamic center of Richmond Mosque. GainPeace is a national Islamic organization that conducts several educational forums and provides literature and opportunity for our fellow Americans to learn the facts about Islam.

“Muslims are opening the doors of our Mosques to our neighbors to provide them with an opportunity to get to know the Muslim community,” said GainPeace Director Dr. Sabeel Ahmed. “The current political climate has created an environment of mistrust, and also a curiosity in public to learn more about Islam and these Mosque Open Houses will educate them and take any questions on Islam.” Dr. Ahmed added, “The open house will also create opportunities to form alliances between the Muslim-Americans and their neighbors to better the community.”

The Mosques will serve lunch to guests.

The Islamic Center of Richmond is located at 8481 Hungary Road in Glen Allen. The event takes place Saturday, December 4, 11 am to 1:30 pm.

What to expect:

  • The social hour includes Henna design for ladies, face painting for kids, Islamic Artifacts table, Ask Imam Booth, try the Hijab booth, and exclusive VR (Virtual Reality) glasses to let viewers experience Islam in 360 degrees
  • Break for lunch
  • Presentation on Islam, common misconceptions, working together with other faiths, etc.
  • Question and answer session
  • Tour of the Mosque, witnessing of the Congregation Prayer, and gift-giving to guests

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Hermitage Richmond hosting second annual “Illumination on the Lawn”

From December 4 until January 6, the grounds at Hermitage Richmond will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland display of holiday lights and reindeer from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This ongoing event is free to attend for the whole family — including pets.

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This holiday season, Hermitage Richmond is inviting the community to bundle up and enjoy some festive fun and holiday magic.

The senior living community in Ginter Park is inviting the community to join them for their second annual holiday tradition at Hermitage Richmond — Illumination on the Lawn.

From December 4 until January 6, the grounds at Hermitage Richmond will be transformed into a spectacular winter wonderland display of holiday lights and reindeer from 6-9 p.m. each evening. This ongoing event is free to attend for the whole family — including pets.

“We are thrilled to once again bring to life our new Richmond annual tradition, and look forward to bringing the joy of the holidays to everyone with our festive light displays,” said Amy Chapman, Executive Director of Hermitage Richmond. “There are brand new displays this year that are sure to amaze our residents, as well as new and returning guests of all ages!”

Hermitage Richmond is located at 1600 Westwood Ave., Richmond, VA 23227.

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