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The complete guide to the 42nd annual VCU Health Richmond Marathon

Whether you’re running, spectating, or just trying to avoid the road closures, we’ve got you covered with all the information you need to know for America’s Friendliest Marathon this weekend.

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The 42nd annual VCU Health Richmond Marathon, billed as America’s friendliest marathon, takes place this weekend. And although we here at RVAHub have never run one, we have all the information you need to know whether you’re running, spectating, or just trying to avoid all the road closures.

All event information is also available on the ‘Run Richmond’ app that is available for download. The free app has everything the spectator and/or runner could need. Pull up the app. on your phone to find runner tracking, course maps, schedules, expo directions, spectator information, and other event details. The app is available for download for both iPhone and Android. If you’re more of the big-screen kind of person we’ve got you covered as well.

Quick steps

Party zones

Let’s face facts. There are way more non-runners than there are runners in the Marathon. It’s only fair that those of us that don’t run, aka sane, should get in on the good times. The full list of official Party Zones is here but all of Monument Ave is a giant party and well worth checking out.

Another great area is Southside along Forest Hill Avenue between Westover Hills and Bland. This is roughly the halfway point, and you can swing by Crossroads or jump on down to the South of the James Farmer’s Market. Be ready to deal with traffic issues due to road closures.

Course maps

If you’ve got running to do or runners to watch, here’s where to go to see them in action.

2019 VCU Health Richmond Marathon event schedule

Friday, November 15
8 a.m. Three-mile shakeout run with Bart Yasso, leaving from the Omni Richmond Hotel (100 S. 12th St.)
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Health & Fitness Expo
Packet pick-up and walk-up registration at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Bus tours of Marathon course leaving from The Diamond (adjacent to the Expo)
1 p.m. Q&A with Bart Yasso, the ‘Mayor of Running’ and retired Runner’s World Chief Running Officer
3 p.m. Meet and greet and book signing with Christopher McDougall, best-selling author of ‘Born to Run’ and ‘Running with Sherman: The Donkey with the Heart of a Hero’ (sessions at 3, 4 , and 5 p.m.)
5 – 7 p.m. Sierra Nevada Beer Tastings at the Health & Fitness Expo
Saturday, November 16
6 – 7:30 a.m. Race day registration available at Dominion Energy Center (Grace Street between 6th & 7th). Please note: There is no race day packet pick up offered.
7 a.m. sharp 8k start (8th & Broad St.)
7:30 a.m. sharp Half Marathon start – Wave A (7th & Broad St.)
7:45 a.m. sharp Marathon start (5th & Grace St.)
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. CoStar Post Race Party on Brown’s Island
11:30 a.m. Half Marathon course closes
3 p.m. Marathon course closes

Road closures

Check out the full list of street closures around town right here.

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The Valentine’s popular Controversy/History series returns to address 2020’s impact

The Valentine’s popular conversation series will return virtually on Tuesday, October 6, co-hosted by Valentine Director Bill Martin and Coffee with Strangers host Kelli Lemon. The free, five-event series will focus on the evolving impacts of 2020, a year full of unexpected challenges and uncomfortable conversations, all amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic and massive social change.

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The Valentine’s popular conversation series will return virtually on Tuesday, October 6, co-hosted by Valentine Director Bill Martin and Coffee with Strangers host Kelli Lemon. The free, five-event series will focus on the evolving impacts of 2020, a year full of unexpected challenges and uncomfortable conversations, all amidst the backdrop of a global pandemic and massive social change.

“The Richmond community that entered 2020 is not the same community we find ourselves a part of today,” Valentine Director Martin said. “2020 has truly been a year of historic change, and it only makes sense to use our conversation series Controversy/History to examine those changes, how they have impacted the people of the Richmond Region and what we can do as a community to move forward together.”

Each virtual event will include an exciting lineup of guest speakers discussing contemporary issues and how 2020 has either upended or reinforced Richmond’s history, followed by questions from the audience and action steps for those inspired to get involved.

Here is a complete list of dates and topics:

October 6, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2020 and Voting

November 3, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2020 and Mental Health

December 1, 2020, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2020 and Business

January 5, 2021, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2021 and Education

February 2, 2021, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
2021 and Activism

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VIDEO: Suspect sought in serial destruction of property at downtown law firm

Security video shows the suspect outside Tavenner & Beran, PLC, located at 20 N 8th Street, on Saturday, September 19. The most recent incident occurred on September 21.

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From Richmond Police:

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the man in the photo and video shown here who intentionally cut the phone and internet cables to a private law firm on several occasions this year.

Security video shows the suspect outside Tavenner & Beran, PLC, located at 20 N 8th Street, on Saturday, September 19. The most recent incident occurred on September 21.

Detectives believe this suspect opened the electrical box and cut the wires inside back in January. After a lock was installed, he proceeded to cut all the wires to the electrical box again.

Anyone with information about the identity of this suspect is asked to call Fourth Precinct Detective J. Land at (804) 646-3103 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000 or at www.7801000.com. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones may also be used.  All Crime Stoppers methods are anonymous.

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Suspect sought in downtown convenience store robbery

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individual in the photo who stole hundreds of dollars worth of candy from a convenience store earlier this month.

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From Richmond Police:

Richmond Police detectives need the public’s help to identify the individual in the photo who stole hundreds of dollars worth of candy from a convenience store earlier this month.

On Sunday, September 13, an unknown male entered the BP in the 2600 block of East Main Street. He removed a garbage bag from his pants and then went to the candy aisle and filled the entire bag with candy. The suspect left the store and was last seen walking to a hatchback vehicle.

Detectives ask anyone with any information about this man’s identity to call First Precinct Detective T. Wilson at (804) 646-0672 or Crime Stoppers at 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smart phones may also be used. All three Crime Stoppers methods of contact are anonymous.

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