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Action at Texas Beach before heading off to protest.




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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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CarMax Tacky Light Run reimagined with virtual and road-based courses for 2020

The CarMax Tacky Light Run, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 12, won’t be held as a traditional single day, in-person event, and event organizers will instead offer multiple ‘Official Courses’ for registered participants to use.

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The CarMax Tacky Light Run, originally scheduled for Saturday, December 12, won’t be held as a traditional single day, in-person event, and event organizers will instead offer multiple ‘Official Courses’ for registered participants to use. Courses will be open December 11-December 13 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and a virtual option is also available for participants to complete their run or walk on a course of their own choosing as well.

One of the planned courses will utilize the Walton Park neighborhood, one of the area’s most festive collections of holiday lights and elaborate decorations, and the traditional site of the CarMax Tacky Light Run.

Now in its eighth year, the holiday-themed fun run combines one of Richmond’s favorite traditions – tacky holiday lights – with a celebration of active living. Registration is now open with pricing for adults ($18) and youth age 14 and under ($12), and, in addition to the marked and measured course options, registration also includes a long-sleeve event participant shirt, packet mailing, participant race bib, and a $5 discount to register for the 2021 CarMax Tacky Light Run.

All registered participants will also be automatically entered into a contest for a special CarMax Tacky Light Run prize pack. Optional add-ons to registration include a commemorative CarMax Tacky Light Run 2020 ornament, holiday-themed merchandise, and glow kits.

“We are excited that Sports Backers has come up with a creative solution to keep the tradition of this fun and festive event going this year,” said Leslie Parpart, Director of Community Relations at CarMax. “The CarMax Tacky Light Run has become a much-anticipated annual event for residents and families all over the Richmond region and we’re honored to be the lead sponsor for the eighth consecutive year.”

Each official CarMax Tacky Light Run course will have signage, mile markers, and passive traffic calming measures to promote the safety of participants. Event organizers will also provide additional support including lighting and other safety measures while courses are open from December 11-December 13.

“The CarMax Tacky Light Run has grown to become one of Richmond’s favorite holiday activities and we’re excited to offer this new event format for participants to take part in a festive and active way while following public health guidelines to support the health and safety of participants, volunteers, and staff,” said Molly Johnson, Event Director for Sports Backers. “We’re thankful for the continued support of CarMax and Chesterfield County and we look forward to the opportunity to celebrate in a new format in December.”

Participants will also be encouraged to dress up in their best, brightest, and tackiest holiday gear, and the CarMax Tacky Light Run Costume Contest will reward the top costumes in the categories of ‘Best Tacky Sweater,’ ‘Merry and Bright: Brightest Dressed,’ and ‘Best Overall: Individual and Group.’ Costume contest participants can submit photos to [email protected] or post on social media and tag @TackyLight Run, @SportsBackers or #NeverTooTacky.

Kids Run RVA will serve as the official event charity for the CarMax Tacky Light Run. Kids Run RVA is an initiative of Sports Backers that reaches thousands of young people and provides run clubs and fitness opportunities in schools and neighborhoods across the Richmond region, including many underserved communities.

Kids Run RVA gives youth the chance to have fun while being physically active in their own communities and gets thousands of kids moving throughout the Richmond area on a daily basis, with the goal of establishing healthy habits early in life that are critical to the long-term physical, emotional, and social development of all children. Kids Run RVA works to break down barriers and provide all kids the opportunity to participate in daily physical activity.

For more information on the CarMax Tacky Light Run, please visit



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Photos and Game Summary: Kickers Stumble at Home

The Kickers still control their destiny but Saturday’s loss did not help the cause.




Official Kickers Game Summary

The Richmond Kickers (7-5-2) were defeated by South Georgia Tormenta FC (4-6-4) 0-1 at City Stadium Saturday night. Marco Micaletto scored the lone goal of the night just before halftime to down Richmond at home.

Scott Thomsen came up with a massive block in the 17th minute to keep Tormenta off the board. Stefan Muells found the space to get a cross in front of goal that seemed to slip through to Marco Micaletto at the back post. He quickly twisted around to go for a shot as Thomsen got his foot in the way for the block.

Emiliano Terzaghi was denied in the first half stoppage from getting the Kickers on the board. Matt Bolduc chipped the ball over the top for Jonathan Bolanos making a run up the right wing. Before reaching the endline, he managed to lay the ball off for Terzaghi. He looked for an opening for a shot that ended up being blocked and eventually cleared.

Tormenta broke the deadlock just before the halftime whistle. Nil Vinyals picked up control of the ball at midfield and made his run right up the center of the pitch. He slotted his pass through as Micalletto got to the ball. His shot skipped under Akira Fitzgerald and into the goal.

A massive save from Fitzgerald kept South Georgia from picking up a second in the 58th minute. Curtis Thorn found the space to get the ball through for Josh Phelps, who attempted to take a one-time shot. Fitzgerald got his body in the way to deflect it away from the Richmond goal.

The woodwork came to the rescue for Richmond in the 74th minute. Ricardo Gomez was able to fight off Stanley Alves and noticed Fitzgerald off his line. He went for the shot from about 30 yards out that pinged off the crossbar and over for a Richmond goal kick.

Matt Bolduc came close to finding an equalizer in the 80th minute. Coming off a goal kick from Fitzgerald, Alves took control of the ball and looked towards goal. Bolduc made a run up the right wing, just in time for Alves to find him. Bolduc cut towards the center of the field looking for an opening. With two defenders on him, he went for the shot that Pablo Jara needed to dive for to deny him.

South Georgia would be reduced to ten men in second half stoppage time. Two minutes after receiving his first yellow card, Micaletto was called for a foul just outside of the Tormenta box. As he got to his feet, he got into an altercation with Bolduc whom he had just fouled. The referee pulled out a second yellow card followed by a red to send him off.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at and on the official team app.


Richmond: Akira Fitzgerald, Scott Thomsen, Ivan Magalhaes, Kyle Venter, Matt Bolduc, Victor Falck, Ryley Kraft, Emiliano Terzaghi, Jonathan Bolanos (76’ – David Diosa), Luke Pavone (66’ – Stanley Alves), Oalex Anderson (58’ – Wahab Ackwei)

Unused Substitutes: Lee Johnston, Gianluca Cuomo, Mumbi Kwesele, Greg Boehme

South Georgia: Pablo Jara, Curtis Thorn, Jordan Shelton, Josh Phelps (70’ – Jad Arslan), Lars Eckenrode, Stefan Mueller, Ricardo Gomez (90’ – Lucas Coutinho), Abuchi Obinwa, Nil Vinyals, Daniel Jackson (83’ – Devyn Jambga), Marco Micaletto

Unused Substitutes: Paul Lewis, Rhys Williams, Tunde Akinlosotu, Mikie Rowe


Referee: Matt Franz
Assistant Referees: Jonah Kind, William Aten
Fourth Official: Jeffrey Skinker
Attendance: 875
Weather: Clear, 57 ºF



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Preview: Kickers Race for Championship Goes Through Tormenta at Home this Saturday

A win on Saturday will move the Kickers tantalizingly close to a championship game.




Opponent: Tormenta FC (3-6-4)
Date/Time: Saturday, October 17th, 6:30
Last Result: Kickers 1 – North Texas 2

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Three Things to Kick About

  1. Championship – The Kickers can see the promised land. Two victories out of the final three games put them into the Championship match against Greenville.
  2. Depth – The Kickers had a week off but prior to that had three games in a week. This is another three game week with the added pressure of a berth in the championship on the line. Balancing the need for a win with keeping players fit is a tough challenge. It will be especially interesting to watch how Coach Sawatzky handle subs for this game.
  3. Golden Boot – Emiliano Terzaghi lead with 10 goals. Ricky Lopez-Espin of Fort Lauderdale has 7 goals. Emiliano could realistically wrap up the race with a goal or two on Saturday. A well-deserved honor for a player that has been a revelation for the Kickers this year.


I’m not going to pretend to be unbiased (not that I have ever pretended really). I’m going full homer on this win using my own prediction to help propel the Kickers forward.

Kickers 3 – Tormenta 1

Official Kickers Preview

The Richmond Kickers (7-4-2) return home to City Stadium this Saturday night to host South Georgia Tormenta FC (3-6-4), presented by Elephant Insurance. Gates open up at 5:30 p.m. and kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. The match will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 (Comcast 206, Verizon FiOS 466) and on ESPN+. A limited number of tickets are still available at

This match will be the fifth all-time meeting between the two clubs. The series between the teams is level with a 1-1-2 record, after the only other match this season back on July 28 where both teams played to a scoreless draw at Erk Russell Park. Akira Fitzgerald came up with a season-high eight saves, with seven of those coming in the second half.

Richmond is coming off a 1-2 road defeat to North Texas SC last Saturday night at Globe Life Park. The home side took a 2-0 lead into halftime after goals from Alex Bruce and Edwin Munjoma. The Kickers responded in the 60th minute after Oalex Anderson was tackled from behind in the North Texas box, forcing the referee to point to the penalty spot. Emiliano Terzaghi stepped up to score his league-leading tenth goal of the season to pull a goal back. Despite some frantic moments late into the match, Richmond could not find the equalizer.

Tormenta FC had a week and a half layoff since their last match, falling 0-1 to FC Tucson at Erk Russell Park back on October 7. Tucson managed to take the lead in the 33rd minute. Samuel Biek played a long ball forward. The Tormenta backline tried to get control of the ball, but it was misplayed a couple times at the back, providing the opening for Azaad Liadi to get to the ball. He picked Giovanni Godoy, who only needed to cut the ball back to his right foot before going for the shot that found the back of the net.

The Kickers have another tight turnaround after Saturday’s match, traveling down to face Orlando City B at Osceola Heritage Park. It is an early 11:00 a.m. kickoff for this match, which will air live on WTVR CBS 6.3 and on ESPN+.

Stay up to date with the latest news from the Kickers at and on the official team app.

Richmond Kickers

Forward Oalex Anderson (#15) made his first start since joining the Kickers late in the season. The Saint Vincent and the Grenadines international drew the penalty that set up the goal for Richmond at North Texas. Midfielder Jonathan Bolanos (#17) nabbed Team of the Week honors this week after his two goal performance against Orlando City B last Wednesday night. The rookie has made 12 appearances, including five starts and contributed an assist to go with his two goals. Midfielder Ryley Kraft (#98) is tied for third overall in USL League One for assists with four this season. He has two goals this season, both of which were game-winners.

South Georgia Tormenta FC


div>Midfielder Luca Mayr (#7) leads Tormenta in scoring this season with three goals in 13 matches. He is also tied on the team with one assist in his second professional season. Midfielder Marco Micaletto (#10) is tied for the assist lead for the club with two assists, along with Ricardo Gomez. Micaletto is in his second season with Tormenta after signing with the club from the club’s second team in USL League Two, South Georgia Tormenta FC 2. Goalkeeper Pablo Jara (#1) sits in third in USL League One with 39 saves this season. Jara is another product of Tormenta FC 2 and is also in his second season with the club.



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