Thousands of devoted animal lovers will descend upon the Richmond SPCA for their 18th Annual Dog Jog and 5K Run presented by Holiday Barn Pet Resorts on Saturday, March 21st.
Last year, more than 3,000 participants and 600 dogs came together to raise a net sum of more than $166,000 in lifesaving support. These crucial funds, which are partly raised by teams and individuals engaging in peer-to-peer fundraising efforts, benefit the approximately 4,000 homeless animals sheltered at the Richmond SPCA annually as well as the lifesaving programs and services the nonprofit provides for pets and people, including low-cost veterinary care at the Susan M. Markel Veterinary Hospital.
“Our Dog Jog and 5K Run is an annual celebration of our companions,” said Richmond SPCA Chief Executive Officer Tamsen Kingry. “Many participants are already fundraising and sharing stories of the pets who have inspired them to help the Richmond SPCA save other animals in need. On March 21, they’ll come together at the start of spring to enjoy a day of family-friendly fun all in order to help homeless pets.”
The day’s activities begin at the Richmond SPCA at 2519 Hermitage Road with a competitive, chip-timed 5K run/walk sponsored by Williams Mullen for humans only at 9:30 a.m., which is followed by a leisurely, one-mile Dog Jog that is stroller friendly and sponsored by Zoetis at 11 a.m. Throughout the morning, supporters will enjoy the pet-friendly vendor fair sponsored by Dominion Energy, featuring a Kids Fun Zone packed full of fun crafts, giant inflatables, face painting and more, as well as a Pets Fun Zone presented by the Petco Foundation. Prizes donated by generous local sponsors will be awarded for top individual and team fundraisers, as well as the fastest 5K Run finishers.
Following the event, Hardywood Park Craft Brewery will be hosting the official Dog Jog After Paw-ty from noon until 5 p.m. Participants and their friends can enjoy local craft beer while being entertained by bands like Paulo Franco & The Freightliners and the Robin Williams Band. Food trucks, pet-related vendors and a pet photo booth will also be on-site to add to the fun. All well-behaved dogs on leashes are welcome outside the Ownby Lane tasting rooms. The brewery will donate 5% of beer sales to the Richmond SPCA.
Early bird registration, through which participants get $10 off each event signup fee, is open until March 1. Details are available on the race web page.
Dog Jog registration is per dog. Each registered canine is encouraged to bring along family and friends at no extra charge. The first 150 alumni of the Richmond SPCA to sign up will receive a free bandana proclaiming, “I was adopted from the Richmond SPCA.” For more information or to register, please visit www.richmondspca.org/dogjog.
Local artist Doug Orleski, better known as RVA Coffee Stain, selected as Monument 10K “Dash for the Cash” participant
Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center.
Doug Orleski, the Richmond-based artist known as ‘RVA Coffee Stain,’ has been selected for an opportunity to win $2,500 on Saturday, March 28, as the Dash for the Cash participant at the 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger. In the Dash for the Cash, one participant is selected to get a head start on the course and race against the rest of the field in hopes of being the first to cross the finish line. If the contestant can outrun the fastest elite runner, the Dash for the Cash prize is theirs for the taking.
Orleski’s head start will be based on his estimated predicted time on his race entry form, previous running experiences, and estimated times of elite runners in the field. His goal is to attempt to cross the finish line before any of the other athletes running in the full 10k (6.2 miles). If he does outpace the rest of the field to the finish line, he will win the $2,500 cash prize.
The 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k will be Orleski’s first-ever race after taking up running several years ago as part of a commitment to improving his health through active living. He began exercising and running on a regular basis and in the process lost 60 pounds on his journey to a healthier, more active lifestyle.
Through his cartoon and sketch work as RVA Coffee Stain, Orleski says he’s able to celebrate Richmond through art, and his work helped him become part of the community after he moved to the area in 2012. Taking part in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is a natural extension of that community involvement and another great way to celebrate Richmond’s love for active living and big events.
“I was surprised and excited to be approached with the opportunity to take part in the Dash for the Cash,” Orleski said. “I was looking forward to the experience already since this will be my first actual race, and now I am anticipating race day on March 28 even more.”
Though he acknowledges that he still has plenty of work left to do to prepare before race day, Orleski already has plans for the $2,500 if he does cross the finish line first: he’ll donate the winnings to the VCU Massey Cancer Center, one of the official charity partners of the 10k, to help aid in their fight against cancer and support the lifesaving research being done here in Richmond.
In addition to the training he’s already done, Orleski plans to utilize the help of the Richmond Road Runners Club Advanced 10k Training Team, particularly to build speed. Orleski joked that after learning he’d been selected, “I texted my wife and said it looks like it’s time to start training so I don’t look like a fool out there,” but he knows this is a rare opportunity and a unique way to engage with the 10k, and he says he’s looking forward to the experience: “I’ll plan to do some fun stuff on RVA Coffee Stain social media leading up the race…. this will be really cool.”
The world is coming to Richmond for the Menuhin Competition – the “Olympics of Violin” – this May
The world is coming to Richmond from May 14-24, 2020 for the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. This Competition, called the “Olympics of the Violin,” is held every two years in different cities around the world.
The world is coming to Richmond from May 14-24, 2020 for the Menuhin Competition, the world’s leading international competition for young violinists. This Competition, called the “Olympics of the Violin,” is held every two years in different cities around the world. Richmond is set to be the host city in 2020—only the second time that the Competition has been held in the U.S.
The Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020 will showcase the exceptional talents of 44 competitors: 22 Juniors ages 15 and under, and 22 Seniors from ages 15-21. A record 321 candidates from 32 countries and five continents applied by the Oct. 31 deadline, and the 44 global competitors were announced in January. One of the competitors is from Virginia, Kayleigh Kim.
For 11 days in May, Richmond will be transformed into a celebratory festival of music with competitions, performances, master classes and concerts in several music genres throughout the region. Co-hosts are the Richmond Symphony, the City of Richmond, the University of Richmond, VCU and VPM.
The first round events at Camp Concert Hall at the University of Richmond are free to the public, but a ticket is required for admission and can be requested here. Semi-final rounds will be held at the W.E. Singleton Center at VCU, and final rounds will be held at the Dominion Energy Center downtown.
For more information about the Menuhin Competition Richmond 2020, including dates, times, venues and tickets for all of the events, visit the website.
Richmond-based company launching digital TV streaming network today with event at VMHC
Richmond-based Soulidifly Productions will launch the new streaming TV network today and is throwing a launch party tonight in celebration.
Richmond based Soulidifly Productions is launching a new digital TV streaming network today known as SoulVision.TV. The new network will feature over 200 hours of “authentic, positive, and often untold human stories shown in feature films and movies, TV shows, news, interviews, cartoons, and more,” according to a news release.
The network will be accessible from all devices including all leading streaming platforms – Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire – and on all mobile platforms, tablets and other devices including smart TVs and home computers.
Entertainers Cecily, Carla Jackson, JJ Squire, and vocalist Imani Waters will headline an event this evening at the Virginia Museum of History and Culture ahead of the network’s launch.
The event takes place beginning at 6:30 PM at the museum at 428 N. Arthur Ashe Boulevard. Tickets are $20; $10 for students. Attendees can also get complimentary tickets by entering code “SVTV” on the ticketing page.
Learn more and get tickets here and check out a preview of the new network below.