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I’m not going to run the Monument 10k but I get to help decide what those brave runners will wear. I revel in the power of my lack of running motivation.

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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.

 

 

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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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Businesses Unite to Bring Change to Monument Avenue

“We believe inclusion is integral to the strength of our organizations, and that symbols antithetical to equality, equity, and unity harm our employees and community.”

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The Monument Commitment is a pledge by Richmond employers to work for change not only along Monument Avenue but in the community.

RVAHub is proud to stand with the businesses below.

If you would like to learn how to add your organization to this commitment email: [email protected]

The pledge reads:

Governor Northam, Mayor Stoney, City Council Members:

We are employers of the Richmond community.

We believe inclusion is integral to the strength of our organizations, and that symbols antithetical to equality, equity, and unity harm our employees and community.

We ask that you commit to support the respectful removal of all the confederate monuments on Monument Avenue in coming months, and do not repair – other than for public safety – the monuments as they currently stand.

For our part, we commit to confronting racism in our organizations and supporting you in eradicating systemic racism in our community.

It is time to take them all down.

Sincerely,

Please note we created this post on Friday morning and since businesses are being added constantly some businesses might not be on the list above. This is not a statement against those businesses just an inability to keep up. This link will give you the most current list of those that have made the commitment.

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Editorial: Made more beautiful

“Sometimes, as in a forest, things have to burn to clear away the old, the dead, the decaying, to make room for new life.”

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It’s hard to put into words, but as you can see, I’m trying.

It’s hard to describe to someone who isn’t from Richmond, but I do want to try.

I grew up seeing those statues on a weekly or even daily basis. People from out of town (Yankees, carpetbaggers) don’t realize just how integral they are to this city.

They are not off in some historical park that you visit only on school field trips. Those statues are on a main thoroughfare, a graceful, sun-dappled avenue where many hundred-year old trees have not survived hurricane season and have had to be replanted. And yet the statues remain.

When I woke up Sunday and saw the images of those statues covered in graffiti, my eyes filled. Not in sadness but in pride, love, and hope.

I had to go see them for myself. I had to take my children.

So many different hands transformed them into their new existence. So many different colors of paint. So many perfectly conflicting messages of love, anger, rage, hope, peace . . . all coexisting in a gorgeous cacophony that was somehow utterly perfect.

My heart swelled to see them in person. There were skateboarders doing tricks using the base of the monument as a launch pad. There was a group of Black students protesting peacefully on the steps. There were kids climbing on them, jumping over the felled wrought-iron fences that protected them for a hundred years.

It felt like those statues were being reclaimed by the city that glorified them for too long.

It felt like visiting the Coliseum in Rome. We were there to see an ancient symbol, now in ruins, made more beautiful somehow by their ruining.

I can summon not even one ounce of sadness for the loss of their original state. They are better like this. They finally make sense.

Photos of these statues in their new form may be in history books in 50 years as a symbol of a change, like the Berlin Wall coming down, like protesters pulling over the statue of Saddam Hussein.

Do I exaggerate? That is how momentous it felt to me, a lifelong Richmonder who was raised to revere those statues both as important public art and as symbols of our history. They are new symbols now. They have finally been contextualized.

I grieve for George Floyd. I grieve for Breonna Taylor. Ahmaud Arbery. Marcus David Peters. Trayvon Martin. Philando Castille. Alton Sterling. Sandra Bland. There are too many to name.

But I do not grieve for the statues. I do not grieve for the Daughters of the Confederacy building. I do not grieve for old ideas. My heart swells with hope; my chest fills with pride.

Sometimes, as in a forest, things have to burn to clear away the old, the dead, the decaying, to make room for new life.

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VCU Releases Phased Opening Plans

The fall semester will officially begin on August 17th. Except for Labor Day, there will be no break from August 17th through the last day of classes on November 24th.

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VCU News has announced how the college plans to reopen. Published by Mike Porter’s (VCU University Public Affairs).

In a communication to the university community, VCU President Michael Rao, Ph.D., said efforts to reopen come as the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic and the nation reacts to the very public killings of African Americans.

“Both of these issues are, of course, top-of-mind as we plan our return to campus. Our priorities are the health, safety and wellness — both physical and mental — of every member of our community,” Rao said.

Rao outlined plans for the return of the health sciences schools and college and research faculty and staff beginning in June. The fall semester will officially begin on Aug. 17. Rao said the announcement fulfills a commitment to students to inform them of Fall 2020 plans in early June.

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