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Sports Backers announce new ‘Firecracker 4-Miler’ virtual event in celebration of Independence Day

To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday in a fun and active way, Sports Backers has announced the new Firecracker 4-Miler, a virtual event that includes a variety of Independence Day-themed participant items and aims to make social distancing feel not quite as isolating.

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To celebrate the Fourth of July holiday in a fun and active way, Sports Backers has announced the new Firecracker 4-Miler, a virtual event that includes a variety of Independence Day-themed participant items and aims to make social distancing feel not quite as isolating. Registration is now open at www.sportsbackers.org.

To take part in the Firecracker 4-Miler, participants simply register, then run or walk four miles whenever they like (remembering to follow social distancing guidelines). Sports Backers will send the participant items to each registrant, and to guarantee delivery by Independence Day, participants must be registered by June 19. Each participant will receive the following items:

  • Official Firecracker 4-Miler tank top or t-shirt
  • Independence Day-themed finisher medal/bottle opener
  • Firecracker 4-Miler Koozie
  • Firecracker 4-Miler Race Bib
  • Printable Finisher Certificate
  • Virtual Event Badge

“We are always looking for fun and creative ways for people to stay active and this virtual event is a great way to do that,” said Meghan Keogh, Event Director for Sports Backers. “We know that people love to get creative with their Independence Day festivities and this provides a chance to celebrate in a unique and active way.”

The Firecracker 4-Miler is now the third virtual event Sports Backers has created in response to restrictions on large events and gatherings related to COVID-19, after the Taco Trot 5k in early May, which had over 1,700 registered participants, and the Great American 5000 virtual team run across America, which has already drawn more than 90 teams since launching on May 14.

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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Bury the Patriots

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Official VCU Game Thread

Score: VCU 72, George Mason 52
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 16-5 (7-1 Atlantic 10), George Mason 12-9 (4-4)
Attendance: 7,637 (sellout)

The short story:  Senior David Shriver, sophomore Jayden Nunn, and graduate student Brandon Johns Jr. each put up double figures with 13, 12, and 11 points, respectively, as the Rams seized the lead early and  never looked back to push their winning streak to six and maintain their spot atop the Atlantic 10 standings.

OPENING TIP

  • Shriver continued his red-hot shooting in conference play, going 3-of-5 from the beyond the arc. Shriver has shot 58.5 percent (24-of-41) from three-point land in eight Atlantic 10 contests
  • Nunn’s 12 points came on 4-of-9 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line
  • Johns Jr. hauled in seven rebounds to go along with his 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting
  • Junior guard Ace Baldwin Jr. filled up the box score with nine points, a career-high nine rebounds, and seven assists
  • Josh Oduro led the Patriots’ charge with 19 points on 8-of-11 from the field. Victor Bailey Jr. also scored double figures for George Mason with 12 points, nine of which came on three-pointers

THE DIFFERENCE

  • After George Mason got out to a quick 4-0 lead, the Rams responded with a 12-3 scoring run over 2:12 that started with a Baldwin Jr. jump shot and capped off by a Nunn 3-pointer at the 14:59 mark of the first half
  • VCU closed out the first half with a 9-3 run over the final 3:39, with three points from redshirt sophomore Jamir Watkins, two points from Nunn, and four points from Johns Jr. to take a 39-23 lead into the locker room
  • The Patriots got as close as 10 in the second half with a layup from Oduro at the 15:31 mark, but George Mason could get no closer as the Black and Gold kept them at bay
  • It was a complete team effort from the Rams, as their bench outscored George Mason’s bench by a resounding 29-6
  • VCU also crashed the glass to the tune of a 35-24 rebounding advantage. George Mason went into the game third in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding margin, getting on average four more boards per game than their opponents

NOTABLE

  • The Rams kept up their recent run of success with their sixth straight win in Atlantic 10 play. Of those six victories, five came by double digits, with the lone exception being the 63-62 win on the road at Dayton
  • VCU now improves to 46-22 overall against George Mason, including 15-6 in the Siegel Center

UP NEXT
The Rams will stay at home when they host St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Jan. 28. Tip-off at the Siegel Center is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

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PHOTOS: Richmond Kickers Tryouts

This weekend soccer hopefuls tried out for the Richmond Kickers.

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The Richmond Kickers held an open tryout and we captured a few pictures. Perhaps we’ll see some of these guys on the field at City Stadium this spring. The Kickers’ first home game is Saturday, April 1st. You can check out Season Tickets here and individual tickets here.


















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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Swat the Spiders

VCU leads the all-time series between these two teams 58-32.

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Official VCU Game Summary

 

Score: VCU 74, Richmond 62
Location: Richmond, Va. (Robins Center)
Records: VCU 15-5 (6-1 A-10), Richmond 11-9 (4-3)

The short story: Redshirt sophomore Jamir Watkins led five Rams in double figures with 15 points and registered his second double-double of the season as VCU earned a crosstown win at Richmond Friday.

OPENING TIP

  • Watkins finished with 15 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for VCU. He connected on 5-of-8 field goals, including 2-of-5 from beyond the 3-point line. The Trenton, N.J. native added two blocks, two steals and two assists
  • Junior point guard Ace Baldwin Jr. added 14 points, five assists and a pair of steals for the Rams, while graduate forward Brandon Johns Jr. provided 12 points and four boards
  • Sophomore guard Jayden Nunn and senior forward David Shriver supplied 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Black and Gold. Shriver hit 2-of-5 from beyond the 3-point arc
  • Tyler Burton led Richmond with 14 points

THE DIFFERENCE

  • Watkins buried a 3-pointer and converted a traditional three-point play to spark a 15-0 VCU run over a four-minute span in the second half that gave the Rams a 68-49 cushion with 4:34 remaining. VCU would lead the game by as many as 21 points in the second half
  • VCU limited Burton, the Atlantic 10 Conference’s second-leading scorer, to 5-of-13 shooting, including 2-of-7 from 3-point range. He also recorded six turnovers
  • The Rams held the Spiders without a field goal for nearly 10 minutes during one second-half stretch as VCU built its lead
  • Richmond shot .373 (19-of-51) from the field in the game, including .280 (7-of-25) from 3-point range
  • VCU connected at a .473 (26-of-55) clip from the floor and owned a 37-27 rebounding advantage

NOTABLE

  • VCU leads the all-time series between these two teams 58-32
  • The Rams have won five games in a row and 10 of 11 overall. VCU has won three straight road contests
  • VCU’s bench outscored Richmond’s 31-19
  • Five Rams scored in double figures Friday, the fourth time this season that has happened

NEXT UP
VCU will host George Mason on Wednesday, Jan. 25 at 7 p.m. at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. That contest will air on CBS Sports Network.

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