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2020 Anthem Corporate Run to take place as virtual event in October, with new elements for participating corporate teams

The virtual 5k will also include fitness challenges and a post-event recap show.

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SportsBackers has announced yet another event will go virtual this fall. The Anthem Corporate Run will take place as a virtual event in 2020 and will feature new elements for participating corporate teams to take part in throughout the month of October to encourage healthy and active living among their associates.

Now in its 11th year, the Anthem Corporate Run regularly attracts over 200 teams and 6,000 participants and was originally scheduled for June 4th before it was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It has grown to become one of the largest corporate run/walk events in the state and presents opportunities for team building and employee engagement. Team registration is available now, here.

“One of our main goals is helping our clients understand the benefits of physical activity for their employees, and events like the Anthem Corporate Run are a great way to encourage healthy and active lifestyles for companies across the Richmond region and for Anthem associates,” said Jeff Ricketts, President, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield. “We look forward to working with Sports Backers and supporting all the corporate teams in this year’s event.”

In the virtual 5k, corporate team members will have from October 10-October 15 to run or walk a 5k and submit their results through the RunSignUp event registration system. Awards and bragging rights are available to the top male and female finishers in the Allianz Partners CEO Challenge, and top finishers will also be recognized for Male, Female, and Coed teams in 13 total industry categories.

“This year’s Anthem Corporate Run provides a great opportunity to engage with participants from companies around the Richmond region to support healthy and active living,” said Will Dixon, Chief Administrative Officer for Sports Backers. “Like all of the participating companies, we’ve adapted and found innovative ways to continue to meet our mission and objectives and the Anthem Corporate Run will be a celebration of that for everyone taking part.”

Along with the virtual 5k, event organizers are adding several new concepts to the Anthem Corporate Run, including a Fitness Journey Map and a ‘Superlatives’ contest to further enhance the engagement opportunities for participants. The Fitness Journey Map features 15 ‘milestones’ that teams will work to complete between October 1 and October 15. The milestones are made up of a variety of activities that each team member will aim to complete, including taking a 15-minute walking break during a workday, sharing a post-workout photo on an Anthem Corporate Run social media page, or completing 10,000 steps in a day. The team with the highest overall completion percentage of the activities will take home the Fitness Challenge Award.

The Superlatives contest allows corporate team members to show off their creativity by submitting photos and videos in categories including ‘Best Team Shirt,’ ‘Best Post-Run Snack,’ ‘Most Charitable Team,’ and ‘Most Creative Socially Distanced Team Photo.’ The winning photos in each category, as well as all event award winners, will be recognized in the new Post-Event Recap Show, which will debut on Friday, October 16.

“We are excited about the new additions to this year’s event and hope that it will enhance the overall experience for our participants,” said Meghan Keogh, Director of Events for Sports Backers and Race Director for the Anthem Corporate Run. “We share Anthem’s goal of creating healthy communities, and we appreciate their continued support of this event and our overall nonprofit mission of inspiring active living in the Richmond region.”

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Richmond Flying Squirrels opening single-game ticket sales April 19th

Individual game tickets for the first four homestands of the 2021 Richmond Flying Squirrels season will go on sale on Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m., the team announced. Fans who have vouchers or credits from tickets for the 2020 season will have first access to redeem them through Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m.

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Individual game tickets for the first four homestands of the 2021 Richmond Flying Squirrels season will go on sale on Monday, April 19 at 9 a.m., the team announced. Fans who have vouchers or credits from tickets for the 2020 season will have first access to redeem them through Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m.

A limited number of tickets will be available for purchase online at SquirrelsBaseball.com/Tickets, by phone at 804-359-FUNN (3866) or at the Flying Squirrels ticket offices at The Diamond.

Tickets for the Flying Squirrels’ first four homestands will be available, including the May 4-9 series against the Hartford Yard Goats, the May 18-23 series against the Bowie Baysox, the June 1-6 series against the Altoona Curve and the June 8-13 series against the Harrisburg Senators.

The full 2021 Flying Squirrels schedule can be found here. Tickets for the remaining 2021 home games will be available at a later date.

Under current guidelines from Major League Baseball of the Commonwealth of Virginia, the Flying Squirrels will have limited capacity, socially distanced seating available at The Diamond. Commonwealth of Virginia health and safety guidelines currently allow for outdoor venues to open at 30 percent total capacity, which for The Diamond is 2,943 fans. All fans will be required to wear a mask or face covering at all times except while actively eating or if a health condition precludes you from doing so.

“We are so excited to be back, even though we never left and were a big part of the community over the last year,” Flying Squirrels CEO Todd “Parney” Parnell said. “The Squirrels taking the field again on May 4 will be a big step for community healing. We are not through COVID yet, and we will be enacting protocols to allow for a safe environment for everyone at The Diamond. With limited capacity, tickets will be more sought after than ever. We ask fans for their patience as we work through this unusual process.”

Fans who previously received vouchers or credits for tickets purchased for the 2020 season, including individual game tickets, will have priority access to redeem their vouchers or credits for 2021 tickets. Priority redemptions will begin on Monday, April 12 at 9 a.m. and run through Friday, April 16 at 5 p.m. and can be completed by phone at 804-359-FUNN (3866) or at the Flying Squirrels ticket offices at The Diamond.

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Library of Virginia’s Weinstein Author Series celebrates Poetry Month in April

The Library of Virginia’s 2021 Carole Weinstein Author Series celebrates April as Poetry Month with a free virtual talk by poet, literary historian, and editor Kim Roberts on April 15 at 6:00 pm.

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The Library of Virginia’s 2021 Carole Weinstein Author Series celebrates April as Poetry Month with a free virtual talk by poet, literary historian, and editor Kim Roberts on April 15 at 6:00 pm. Her book By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital uncovers great but hidden literature from lesser-known poets, including women, writers of color, LGBTQ+ writers, working-class writers, and those who were born enslaved.

The Carole Weinstein Author Series supports the literary arts by bringing both new and well-known authors to the Library of Virginia. Free and open to the public, the series focuses on Virginia authors and Virginia subjects across all genres.

2021 schedule:

April 15, 2021 (Virtual) KIM ROBERTS

By Broad Potomac’s Shore: Great Poems from the Early Days of Our Nation’s Capital

June 10, 2021 (In Person/Virtual as pandemic restrictions allow) VANESSA M. HOLDEN

Surviving Southampton: African American Women and Resistance in Nat Turner’s Community

September 14, 2021 (In Person/Virtual as pandemic restrictions allow)  KAREN L. COX 

No Common Ground: Confederate Monuments and the Ongoing Fight for Racial Justice

November 17, 2021 (In Person/Virtual as pandemic restrictions allow)  ALEXIS COE 

You Never Forget Your First: A Biography of George Washington

To learn more, visit the Library of Virginia website here.

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After Hours Concerts Heading to Doswell

Venues are starting to dip their toes back into the concert business. For the After Hours organizers, this means moving the long-running concert series from Innsbrook to The Meadow Event Park.

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After Hours Concerts is moving its concert series to Meadow Event Park in Doswell, VA. Five new shows were added today to the season lineup:

  • Kip Moore FRI June 18th
  • Sublime w/ Rome SUN July 18th
  • Foreigner FRI Aug 20th
  • Brad Paisley THURS Sept 23rd!
The new shows go on sale FRI APRIL 2nd at 10am. For tickets visit our website: https://www.afterhoursconcertseries.com/
Previously Announced Shows:
  • Jamey Johnson FRI MAY 14th
  • Matt Stell & Jimmie Allen FRI MAY 21st
  • Chase Rice SAT MAY 22nd
  • Aaron Lewis FRI JUNE 4th
  • Kip Moore FRI JUNE 18th
  • Indigo Girls SAT JUNE 19th
  • Blues Traveler & JJ Grey And Mofro FRI JUNE 25th
  • Hanson SAT JUNE 26th
  • Toby Keith SAT JULY 17th
  • Sublime with Rome & Dirty Heads SUN JULY 18th
  • Lee Brice FRI AUG 6th
  • Get The Led Out THURS AUG 12th
  • Train with special guest Vertical Horizon FRI AUG 13th
  • Jon Pardi with special guest Larry Fleet SAT AUG 14th
  • Tower of Power WED AUG 18th
  • Foreigner FRI AUG 20th
  • The Commodores THURS AUG 26th
  • Steve Earle & Los Lobos FRI AUG 27th
  • Scotty McCreery SAT AUG 28th
  • Ludacris FRI SEPT 17th
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd SAT SEPT 18th
  • Brad Paisley THURS SEPT 23rd
All tickets previously purchased for shows which were moved to 2021 from 2020 will be honored. For questions regarding our COVID-19 safety policy, refunds and postponements visit our FAQS page.

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