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Sports Backers, Markel announce multi-year partnership for Markel Richmond Half Marathon

Sports Backers today announced a new three-year partnership with Markel, making the Richmond-based insurance provider the new title sponsor of the Markel Richmond Half Marathon.

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Sports Backers today announced a new three-year partnership with Markel, making the Richmond-based insurance provider the new title sponsor of the Markel Richmond Half Marathon. The race, now in its 10th year, is part of the Anthem Richmond Marathon weekend on November 11, which also features the VCU Health 8k.

“Markel is excited to be partnering with Sports Backers and sponsoring the Half Marathon. Charitable giving and supporting our communities are core values at Markel,” said Anne Waleski, Executive Vice President and CFO of Markel. “We are proud to call Richmond home and to join with our associates in contributing to the athletic and cultural events that make living in RVA unique and special.”

With street art and neighborhood block parties, historic architecture and beautiful parks, the Markel Richmond Half Marathon race route treats runners to a unique and unforgettable tour of RVA that ends with a scenic finish line and post-race party on the riverfront at Brown’s Island.

Known as ‘American’s Friendliest Marathon’ and celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2017, the Anthem Richmond Marathon and companion races make up one of the most anticipated weekends in the Richmond region and annually draw participants from all 50 states and dozens of countries around the world. The energy and vibrant atmosphere throughout the course and at the post-race party create a celebration of Richmond’s active lifestyle and commitment to healthy living and physical activity.

Marathon and Half Marathon Price Increase Set for April 1
Registration for the 40th anniversary running of the Anthem Richmond Marathon, as well as the Markel Richmond Half Marathon and VCU Health 8k, is currently open, with a price increase set for April 1 for the marathon and half marathon. Marathon entry is currently $85, half marathon entry is $75, and 8k registration is $30. On April 1, rates will go up to $95 for the marathon and $85 for the half marathon. Every participant in the marathon, half marathon, and 8k receives an official long sleeve technical race shirt, a custom medal at the finish line, a ruby red stainless steel finisher cup, and is admitted to a special post-race celebration with plenty of free food and drink. More information and online registration can be found at www.richmondmarathon.org.

Virginia Tourism Corporation Awards Grant to Anthem Richmond Marathon
The Anthem Richmond Marathon was recently awarded a $25,000 grant from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program, as announced by Governor Terry McAuliffe. The grants are designed to help local and regional tourism entities attract more visitors by leveraging local marketing dollars, and the VTC Marketing Leverage Program is designed to stimulate new tourism marketing through partnerships, resulting in increased visitor spending. In total VTC awarded more than $772,000 for 62 tourism-related marketing projects across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism.

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Richard Hayes is the co-founder of RVAHub. When he isn't rounding up neighborhood news, he's likely watching soccer or chasing down the latest and greatest board game.

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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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RVAH2O Now Giving the People the Straight Poop on Sewer Overflows

This real-time technology and data makes Richmond’s the first “Smart Sewers” in Virginia.

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Full credit to Whit Clements for giving me that headline of this announcement from RVAH2O.

Big Update (and Upgrade!) for Combined Sewer System Overflow Events in Richmond! 📣

Real-time data is now viewable in an interactive map that looks just like the one above so you can know exactly where and when overflows occur (and plan your James River visits accordingly!).

(The map is linked in perpetuity in our bio as “Check for Combined Sewer System Overflow Events Here” but you can also bookmark the link for rainy days!)

Here’s how it works: just hover over (or, on your phone, click on) any of the remaining 25 overflow points in Richmond to see the last time combined flows were discharged—and just like that you’ll be up-to-date!

Red triangles give you a quick notification that there’s been an overflow event in the past 48 hours. 🔺

When you see yellow boxes, that means our team is recalibrating those sensors and meters. 🟨

This up-to-date system will replace the email alerts of the past (which were triggered and automated when it rained 0.1″ at the @richmondairport, which doesn’t always reflect rainfall within city limits).

This new map uses:

  • meters at each outfall to quantify flows
  • rain gauges in Richmond
  • real-time data that’s updated continuously!

This real-time technology and data makes Richmond’s the first “Smart Sewers” in Virginia (we love being trendsetters)! 🧠🌊

And this system will help us to maximize and fully utilize the capacity within our system to prevent overflows and reduce overflow volume!

We know y’all love accurate information and continuous updates, so we hope you’ll love this upgrade and map made for you too!

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Help the James River this Saturday for the Regional Cleanup Day

The James River always needs a little help. This Saturday it will hopefully get a lot of help from volunteers.

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Join the James River Advisory Council in its 22nd year of cleaning up the James River and its shorelines! The cleanup is a cooperative, regional event spanning more than 75 miles of the James River at 13 sites. Walkers, powerboats, paddle craft, and hikers will participate in a limited capacity, social distancing. We hope to see you at one of our various sites throughout the watershed! Volunteers will need to register!

Please remember to dress comfortably (closed toe shoes) bring gloves, masks, trash bags, grabbers, water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and hat (optional).

Some of the localish sites include:

Chesterfield County

  • Dutch Gap Boat Landing and Conservation Area
  • Falling Creek Ironworks Park
  • Falling Creek Reservoir

City of Petersburg

  • Lakemont Neighborhood
  • Pocahontas Island

City of Richmond

  • Ancarrows Landing
  • Belle Isle
  • Brookland Park Boulevard
  • Pony Pasture Rapids

Goochland County

  • Tucker Park at Maiden’s Landing

Henrico County

  • Osborne Park and Boat Landing

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