A good portion of Richmond is currently getting ready for the Marathon next week but the folks at Sports Backers are thinking about the Ukrop’s Monument 10k. Specifically, they’re thinking about the shirt for the 10k. Not everyone can run the 10k but everyone can decide which shirt the runners will receive.
For the first time in the history of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger, Sports Backers is hosting a public vote to help select the design for the participant shirt for the 2020 event. Voting is open now until December 7th at https://www.tfaforms.com/4772182 and the winning design will be revealed in early January 2020. The 2020 10k takes place on Saturday, March 28.
Voters will choose from three final designs created by Sports Backers, with each unique design meant to celebrate the spirit of the 10k. The style of Option One features simple graphics while capturing many elements of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, including the dogwood blossoms that hint of spring, the renowned course turnaround and halfway point full of enthusiastic spectators, and the iconic Richmond row homes along the course. Option Two is meant to capture some of the event’s most memorable features: live music along the route, row homes, iconic street lights, and a cheerful atmosphere. The hand-drawn quality of this design also helps it stand out. The design of Option Three features a classic event-day scene familiar to anyone who has taken part in the 10k. The style is fun and captures many of the things that make the event unique and enjoyable: a beautiful street lined with gorgeous homes, excited participants, and cheering spectators.
“We look forward to revealing the participant shirt design every year and are very excited to take an innovative approach with this year’s voting contest,” said Meghan Keogh, event director for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. “We have so many enthusiastic supporters of the 10k, whether they are participants, volunteers, or spectators, so this is a great way to get them even more involved in the event.”
2020 marks the 21st running of the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. It is the fourth-largest 10k road race in the U.S. and in the past year has been named to both Runner’s World magazine’s list of ‘70 American Road Races Every Runner Should Finish’ and BibRave’s list of the top 10k events in the country. Registration is currently open for the 10k at www.sportsbackers.org. Entry fees for the 10k are currently $32 for adults and $22 for youth age 14 and under, with a price increase set for December 1.
Night shift: Student safety ambassadors provide a resource for the VCU community after dark
The ambassadors, part of the university’s transition to a more equitable public safety model, provide assistance when people need help but don’t need to contact law enforcement.
By Corey Byers
If you’re looking for Virginia Commonwealth University sophomore Ayanna Farmer-Lawrence in the evenings, you’ll most likely find her around the Compass wearing a bright-yellow vest.
Farmer-Lawrence is a newly hired student safety ambassador for the VCU Police Department — and her vest is both a uniform and visual identifier for VCU community members.
This past summer, the university announced a plan for police reform initiatives, including workforce realignment and the hiring of non-sworn, unarmed employees to serve as resources on campus when members of the VCU community need assistance, but do not feel compelled to contact law enforcement.
John Venuti, VCU’s associate vice president of public safety and chief of police, said with safety and well-being as the focus, a student may be a better alternative option for needs such as asking for directions, answering questions about transportation, working at events and walking people to their cars at night.
“The safety ambassadors will be present in places with high volumes of students, such as outside the University Student Commons and the Compass,” Venuti said. “They will predominately work at night because in the spring 2020 perception of safety survey, students told us they feel less safe at night.”
The three safety ambassadors received 40 hours of training and are also tasked with reporting safety concerns they come across during their shifts. In their first two nights working, they reported to police about damaged property, a traffic light failure and a fire at a business on West Broad Street.
Farmer-Lawrence, a homeland security and criminal justice major in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs, said the part-time position coincides with her goal of becoming a special agent for the FBI. She was drawn to become a safety ambassador to learn from police, build relationships, network and be ready for internships or employment opportunities upon graduation.
“I thought it was a good idea to be that person that [people] can go to if they have a problem, but don’t want to go to the police directly,” Farmer-Lawrence said. “It’s a good idea given what’s going on in society currently.”
Venuti said he looks forward to hearing feedback from community members about the new program and plans to expand the number of student safety ambassadors, and their designated locations, in spring 2021.
VCU Life Science Building on West Cary Street Suffers Fire
The fire was quickly brought under control and no injuries were reported.
From VCU Alert:
On Nov. 18, 2020, the Richmond Fire Department was called to VCU’s Trani Life Sciences Building just before 10:45 a.m. for reports of a fire on the roof. The building was evacuated and no injuries have been reported. The fire appears to be limited to the roof of the building. The cause is being investigated.
- The Cary Street Gym is open and not impacted by the fire. Cary Street is closed in the area to allow emergency vehicles to respond.
- No other VCU buildings were impacted due to this incident.
— Matt Tessema (@MattTessema) November 18, 2020
VCU Ram Attendance Capped at 250
VCU Athletics will begin basketball season with a capacity of 250 spectators inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
VCU Athletics issued this statement earlier today.
VCU Athletics will begin basketball season with a capacity of 250 spectators inside the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Tuesday’s capacity adjustment was made in accordance with new COVID-19 safety guidance from the Commonwealth of Virginia, announced last week.
Should the State issue new guidance in the future, VCU Athletics will adjust accordingly.
A limited number of tickets will be made available to VCU students and guests of student-athletes. Approximately 175 seats will be reserved for season ticket holders. VCU Athletics will determine access to season tickets based on giving level and rank within each giving level, consistent with the Seat Equity model. VCU Athletics has created protocols to make unused tickets available to Ram Athletic Fund members on a single-game basis.
Season ticket holders will receive notice by Wednesday, Nov. 18 if they qualify for the new limited capacity model. Ticket holders who do not meet the limited capacity qualifications will have a variety of options, including the ability to transfer their season ticket donation to a Ram Athletic Fund gift for 2021-22 or a refund.
“We regret that we cannot have our usual full capacity to start the men’s basketball season,” McLaughlin said. “Our loyal, dedicated fans make our home games the best environment in college basketball and we will miss everyone who cannot attend in person. We will continue to work with all parties in an effort to maximize capacity beyond the current guidelines as the season progresses.”
VCU Athletics will limit seating to the arena bowl in a socially-distanced manner, with a buffer zone around the court to prevent contact between fans and participants. Courtside seating and the Tommy J. West Club will be closed. Ticket holders in those areas will have the opportunity to sit in the bowl area.
We here at RVAHub are in communication with the Rams and are hoping to have a photographer at the game but that isn’t confirmed yet.