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Registration Open for Trails and Ales Combining Trail Running and Craft Beer

All event donations will help with the cost of bridge materials and equipment for volunteer trail work in the City of Richmond to be used in the ongoing efforts to protect RVA’s urban trail system.

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As everyone knows beer is illegal in our public parks and trails. So you won’t be drinking while running but Trails and Ales does an excellent job of combining the two in a legal and sane way.

The fourth-annual Trails and Ales trail running and craft beer festival is set for October 6th. It starts and finishes in Manchester and takes runners along the Buttermilk and North Bank trails, and the eight-mile course option also includes the Potterfield Memorial Bridge. Participants will be supporting the RVA MORE Trail Maintenance Fund as part of Trails and Ales. All event donations will help with the cost of bridge materials and equipment for volunteer trail work in the City of Richmond in the ongoing efforts to protect RVA’s urban trail system.

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A celebration of Richmond’s urban trail system and popular craft brewery culture,Trails and Ales is set for Saturday, October 6th, and will take place in Manchester at W. 10thStreet and Semmes Avenue, adjacent to the SunTrust Mortgage offices, at 4:30 p.m. Registration for the fourth-annual trail running and craft beer festival is now open at www.sportsbackers.org, with a block of the first 300 spots open at a special rate of $30 for the Pint Glass course (approx. 3 miles) and $40 for the Tall Boy course (approx. 8 miles). Overall registration will be capped at 1,000 participants.

“Trails and Ales is a great way to experience Richmond’s outstanding trail system and sample some of the best local and regional craft brews available,” said Molly Johnson, event manager for Sports Backers. “This is a unique and innovative way to celebrate our active community and another exciting opportunity for outdoor adventure.”

In conjunction with the trail run will be a craft beer festival, highlighting the culture of craft brewing that continues to rise in the Richmond region. Beers and ciders from local and regional breweries will be available at the festival, and race participants will receive a stainless steel finisher cup and one drink ticket to be redeemed at the festival. There will also be post-race food, beverages available for purchase, and music. Friends, family, and spectators are invited to take part in the festival.

Both the Tall Boy and Pint Glass courses will be on the scenic Buttermilk and North Bank trails in the James River Park System. The Tall Boy course pairs medium to high climbs with smooth paths along the river and the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, while the Pint Glass course has lower mileage compared to its longer companion, but shares the same earthy aromas, scenic views, and exciting finish.

Participants will have the opportunity to donate to support the RVA MORE Trail Maintenance Fund as part of Trails and Ales. All event donations will help with the cost of bridge materials and equipment for volunteer trail work in the City of Richmond to be used in the ongoing efforts to protect RVA’s urban trail system. More information and registration for Trails and Ales can be found at www.sportsbackers.org. Once the first 300 spots have been claimed, registration will re-open at a later date with a higher fee for both distances.

Photo Credit: Sports Backers

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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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Pipeline Still Closed but Work has Begun

The guesstimate for the reopening of the trail is two weeks.

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Update from RVA H2O

Weekly Pipeline Update because our construction work has begun! 🎉👏🙌🙏🥳
First and foremost, a reminder that, as of August 2nd, all sanitary (wastewater) flow has been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking from Pipeline is river water that’s seeping in from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from Richmond’s summer rain.
Now for the good stuff: The scoop on the repair process! ⤵️
All materials and supplies needed for repairs have arrived, and CSX gave us the green-light to start working on the pipe on Monday (09.13.2021), so our crews got to work! 💪
This week our team is using a cement substance to fill in those pesky leaking holes along the pipe.
Then, next week, our team will layer an epoxy and a mesh on the bottom and surrounding the entire pipe’s external circumference.
Following the completion of all this work, our team will once again CCTV (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look at how we did. Only after we check our work and give it the good ol’ thumbs up 👍 will the trail and beaches alongside it be reopened. (We think we’re about two weeks away from that point.)
Until then, Pipeline trail and its adjacent beaches are closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James.
More soon, folks—stay tuned!

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Pipeline Poop Problem Prolongs Passage Prohibition

Sewage problems mean you can’t walk the Pipeline but work is taking place, eventually.

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The Pipeline, one of my favorite walks in town, has been off-limits for a while.

RVAH2O posted this update last week.

A quick reminder that, as of August 2nd, all sanitary (wastewater) flow has been diverted upstream at Tredegar, so any flow you may see leaking is river water that’s seeping into from Haxall Canal, groundwater, and/or stormwater from Richmond’s summer rain.

This week, our team got access from CSX to move forward with our work onsite. Our crew CCTV’ed (closed-circuit television) the pipe to get an internal look so they can know precisely what we’re dealing with.

Now it’s time for repairs! Our kickoff meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, September 7th.

Our repair work should take seven to ten days, weather- and river-level-dependent. The weather needs to be decent, but not necessarily dry when our crews get to work. So far, the forecast is looking pretty promising!

We will continue to provide updates about the timeline for repairs, and the timeline for when the trail and beaches can open following repairs. Stay tuned!

In the meantime, Pipeline Trail and the beaches alongside of it remain closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James. A pipe in need of repair needs space!

In the meantime, Pipeline Trail and the beaches alongside of it remain closed from Brown’s Island (under the 9th Street bridge) to the downstream, eastern end of the trail behind Virginia Street and Vistas On The James. A pipe in need of repair needs space!

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Driver Charged in Shockoe Bottom Reckless Driving

On Sunday morning a car was doing burnouts and doughnuts. Later the driver slammed the car into a tree.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police Department officers have charged a driver who was recklessly operating a vehicle in a Shockoe Bottom parking lot early on Sunday morning.

At approximately 1:15 a.m., officers on patrol in Shockoe Bottom observed a vehicle in a parking lot near Main Street Station which was doing burn runs/car doughnuts. As officers entered the parking lot, the driver of the vehicle left the scene on East Broad Street at a high rate of speed. A few blocks away in the 00 block of Governor Street, the vehicle left the roadway and collided with a tree. Officers arrested Teric Harcum, 20, of Chesterfield County, and charged him with reckless driving.

This type of reckless operation of motor vehicles is dangerous and can lead to serious injury. The Richmond Police Department continues to ask anyone who witnesses reckless driving or suspicious activity to call 911.

 

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