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Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k cancels September race plans, will plan four routes participants can run on their own

With this format in place for 2020, Sports Backers aims to create a memorable event experience that resonates throughout the Richmond community.

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The 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger, which was rescheduled from March to September 26, won’t be held in person due to public health guidelines related to the COVID-19 pandemic, Sports Backers, the nonprofit event organizers, announced today. The event will instead provide four official 10k courses around the region for registered participants to complete a 10k on their own from Friday, September 25-Sunday, September 27, and a virtual option remains in place for participants to take part on a route of their choosing as well.

The four official 10k courses will be located at Byrd Park in the City of Richmond, Henricus Historical Park in Chesterfield County, and Dorey Park and Deep Run Park, both in Henrico County. The course locations and maps can be found online atwww.sportsbackers.org/events/2020-ukrops-monument-avenue-10k/course-information/. Each course will have a start and finish line, mile markers, and directional signage, and can be accessed from dawn to dusk September 25-September 27. Traffic calming measures will also be put in place, and though the courses won’t be completely closed to vehicle traffic, there will be signage and cones throughout to help slow traffic for walkers, joggers, and runners.

With this format in place for 2020, Sports Backers aims to create a memorable event experience that resonates throughout the Richmond community. “We will be encouraging participants to wear a Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k shirt, put on their 10k number bib, dress up in a costume, support other participants on social media and bring their energy like they have always done in the past,” said Meghan Keogh, race director for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger. “While we will be much more spread out in both space and time than in years past, we are confident that we can create a celebration of wellness that has made this race an inspirational force for active living in our region.”

“As it has done with many things in our lives this year, the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted our original plans for the 2020 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, so we’ve worked hard and consulted with public health officials to provide the best experience possible for participants in a safe environment,” said Megan Schultz, Chief Operating Officer for Sports Backers. “It wasn’t possible to hold a large in-person event on Monument Avenue because we would have needed to close the road for more than a week, therefore we believe that setting up four courses over three days around the region is an innovative solution to provide people an opportunity to take part this year. We certainly look forward to getting back out on Monument Avenue with our participants, volunteers, sponsors, and spectators for the 10k in the future.”

Participants, whether taking part on an official 10k course or virtually in their own neighborhood, can use the RaceJoy app to receive an official finish time and be included on the event leaderboard through the app. And, the result will count towards the event’s Six Point Two Crew loyalty program status.  

Previously registered participants don’t have to alter their registration at all to participate in one of the official 10k courses and will no longer be required to switch to the virtual event to participate on their own. Those who are unable to take part from September 25-September 27 can defer their entry to the 2021 event or opt to receive a credit to put towards registration for another Sports Backers event.

Participants will have the option to have their packets mailed for free by opting in to the packet mailing, or they can pick up their packet in person at the outdoor Expo in the Diamond parking lot on September 24 and September 25. The expo will feature contactless packet pick up and masks are required.

Though the event will look different in 2020, Sports Backers aims to show their appreciation to participants for their continued support during this difficult time by providing the best experience possible and offering added incentives to those who take part. Everyone who participates in any way in September will receive the following:

  • 20% off coupon to the Sports Backers merchandise store
  • $10 credit towards the 2021 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger

“While we know Richmonders will miss one of their favorite RVA traditions, we applaud the creative thinking from Sports Backers and we’re inspired by the positivity and determination from the Richmond community,” said Anne Jenkins with Kroger Mid-Atlantic. “We’re cheering everyone on from wherever they choose to run their 10k and we can’t wait to meet everyone at the finish line in 2021.”

“The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger is one of our favorite days of the year, as we share in the joy of seeing so many people cross the finish line, achieve a goal, and celebrate together. We want to keep participants engaged and connected with our active community through the 10k, and work together towards our nonprofit mission of inspiring active living,” said Jon Lugbill, Executive Director of Sports Backers. “We look forward to this year’s event on September 25-September 27 and hope that people throughout Richmond continue to keep moving and stay healthy.”

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Train Derailment Near Hollywood Cemetery Again

This derailment occurred Friday afternoon. A train also derailed in the same vicinity on June 9th.

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Posted by RFD Twitter on July 23rd

At approximately 1:26 p.m., crews responded to an area down the North Bank Trail near Hollywood Cemetery for the report of a train derailment. Once on scene, they found multiple freight cars that had been tipped over. The cars were carrying coal.
Some of the load spilled onto the track and ground in the area, but there was no coal in the water. No injuries reported. The incident was marked under control at 1:59 p.m. and turned over to CSX.

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Suspect Sought in West Clay Street Burglary

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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Victim Identified in West Main Street Homicide

At approximately 1:27 a.m., officers were called to the 1900 block of West Main Street for the report of a person shot.

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From RPD:

Richmond Police detectives have identified the victim in Sunday morning’s homicide on West Main Street as Jeffrey Swiney, 20 of North Chesterfield.

At approximately 1:27 a.m., officers were called to the 1900 block of West Main Street for the report of a person shot. Officers arrived and found an adult male, Swiney, suffering from an apparent gunshot wound, down and unresponsive in a parking lot of a business. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Medical Examiner will determine cause and manner of death.

There were several people in the area at the time of the shooting and detectives are asking those at the scene to come forward with information for this continuing investigation.

Anyone with information is asked to call Major Crimes Detective J. Higgins at (804) 646-7570 or contact Crime Stoppers at (804) 780-1000. The P3 Tips Crime Stoppers app for smartphones also may be used. All Crime Stoppers reporting methods are anonymous.

 

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