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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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At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards.

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Richmond Police detectives are asking for the public’s help to identify the individual in the attached photos who is a suspect in a residential burglary that occurred in the Jackson Ward neighborhood last month.

At approximately 4:57 p.m. on Thursday, June 24, the man in the photos climbed a wall in the rear of a house, located in the 00 block of West Clay Street, broke into the residence and stole a computer and credit cards. A photo of his distinctive pink and black sneakers is also attached.

 

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

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“I’m hiring a dedicated attorney to help guide the commonwealth’s efforts because I am committed to getting this right, and to making sure that we keep Virginia at the forefront of national efforts to craft a more just, fair and sensible system for dealing with cannabis,” Herring said in a statement.

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Attorney General Mark Herring says he plans to hire a lawyer dedicated to marijuana law now that the state has legalized the drug.

The new addition to his staff would serve as a subject-matter expert as the state’s new Cannabis Control Authority, which Gov. Ralph Northam appointed Monday, begins work developing regulations that will govern the legal marijuana market expected to open in 2024.

“I’m hiring a dedicated attorney to help guide the commonwealth’s efforts because I am committed to getting this right, and to making sure that we keep Virginia at the forefront of national efforts to craft a more just, fair and sensible system for dealing with cannabis,” Herring said in a statement.

The announcement comes as Herring, a Democrat who was among the party’s earliest and loudest supporters of marijuana legalization, seeks reelection to his third term in office. He faces Republican Del. Jason Miyares, who voted against legislation that legalized marijuana possession.

Herring’s office said the new hire will provide advice on the new law to state agencies that deal with everything from taxation to healthcare.

Advocates, who have occasionally voiced frustration with the state’s Board of Pharmacy as it developed rules for the state’s medical marijuana program, said they hoped the additional legal expertise will make things smoother for the recreational marijuana market.

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Herring’s office says they’re looking for a lawyer with experience in business law, state and federal litigation, and “a strong knowledge of state and federal regulation of controlled substances.”

Under the legalization bill lawmakers passed earlier this year, employers can still refuse to hire or fire employees who use marijuana. A spokeswoman said the Office of the Attorney General does not conduct drug testing as a condition of employment.

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James River Park Trail Loop named one of America’s best running trails by Men’s Journal

Richmond’s trails were selected thanks to their top-notch views, rolling hills mixed in with a few steep climbs, creek and river crossings, and multiple access points and trailheads on either side of the river.

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The national health and fitness publication Men’s Journal recently published a list of the 15 best running trails in America, and the trails in Richmond’s James River Park System, including the North Bank and Buttermilk trails, were selected for the rankings, at number 11 overall.

Richmond’s trails were selected thanks to their top-notch views, rolling hills mixed in with a few steep climbs, creek and river crossings, and multiple access points and trailheads on either side of the river.

You can view the full list here.

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