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King of the James Adjusting Plans Due to Raging River and Soaked Trails

The race will go on, just not this weekend and not all at once.

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Message on Facebook about the plans for crowning a new King of the James.

Don’t call it a cancellation.

I’m sure that most of you can see the current weather conditions, and the projection for the river. The James is expected to crest at 18.5 feet. That’s the highest level we have seen in 24 years. If the river actually goes that big, portions of Riverside Drive, Belle Isle, and Pony Pasture Parking lot will be underwater. We are expecting a pretty substantial mess on the trails, access roads and park infrastructure in the coming days.

Our all-volunteer team of organizers has been weighing the options for several days now, and we just don’t feel comfortable putting the event on with so many variables out there. So, it is with a great deal of sadness (and a good bit of frustration) that we are cancelling this weekend’s in-person event.

A New King Will be Crowned.

With the largest registration that we have ever had, and more support than we have ever received, we still want to make the 2020 King of the James a reality. We have decided to shift gears a bit and switch to a virtual race. When the trails dry up after this rain event, you have until mid December to record your time and post it to Runsignup. We will be crowning a King and have some great prizes for our winners. We will send out another email with more information about the virtual race.

Packet Pick Up Is Still On.

We hope that everyone is still excited to race and post a time. Come get your swag and race shirt! We will still be hosting the following packet pick-ups this week:
VCU Outdoor Adventure Program
130 S. Linden St. Richmond VA 23284
Friday (11am-6pm)

Forest Hill Park Shelter
1700 W 42nd St. Richmond, VA 23225
(Saturday 3pm-5pm)
Free Trees provided by RVA H20!

Finally, we just want to say that we really appreciate everyone’s support of King of the James. The money that we raise on registrations and donations goes back to making the James River Park a better place for all of us to enjoy. We are working hard to provide resources and support for our beloved park. Even though this year’s event isn’t going to go on as planned, your contributions and support of the race, help make this community a better place to live and play.

Talk more soon.

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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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VCU Student Affairs Recommends Permanent Ban For Delta Chi Fraternity Related to Death of Student

The investigation into the death of Adam Oakes

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It’s believed by preliminary reports that Adam Oakes died as the result of a hazing incident on the night of February 26th into the morning of the 27th. Adam was found unresponsive in an off-campus home.

Full statement below.

On Monday, May 3, VCU’s Division of Student Affairs initiated disciplinary proceedings against the Delta Chi Fraternity chapter at VCU with a recommendation that the Chapter be permanently removed from VCU if reported allegations result in findings that it is responsible for misconduct.

The process starts with a report and a recommendation to leaders of VCU’s Student Organization Conduct Committee. The report submitted by VCU’s Division of Student Affairs is based on multiple reports and allegations of violations of university policies and directives regarding chapter events, COVID-19 protocols, recruitment activities, alcohol and hazing on February 26 and 27 in the hours before the death of VCU student Adam Oakes.

The next steps include a review of the report by VCU’s Student Organization Conduct Committee and a determination if violations occurred and, if so, the appropriate sanctions. VCU expects the process to be complete this summer.

The Richmond Police Department investigation continues into Adam’s death. The ongoing police investigation, and any subsequent VCU Student Code of Conduct investigation, may identify additional information or violations of university policy. If so, the initiating report against Delta Chi, and recommendations, maybe updated accordingly

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3rd Street Diner Sold

The exact plans for the space are unknown at this time but it supposedly will be a new restaurant.

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The iconic corner cafe’s sale was announced yesterday.

Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer is pleased to announce the sale of the former 3rd Street Diner property located at 218 East Main Street in the City of Richmond, Virginia.

Ya Hua Zheng & Jianwei Tang purchased the 3,928 square foot retail building from 3rd Street LLC for $550,000 and will operate as a new restaurant.

Reilly Marchant of Cushman & Wakefield | Thalhimer handled the sale negotiations on behalf of the seller.

I’ll confess to having never set foot inside the diner but I’ll be bummed to see the neon go away if they go down that path.

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Richmond BizSense Reporting a Brewer’s Cafe Move and Juice Bar Plans

Lovers of Brewer’s Cafe don’t panic. They’re just moving a block or so over to Hull Street.

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Richmond BizSense has the news of a move and a spinoff. Great to see Brewer’s growing.

Brewer is relocating his Brewer’s Cafe, which has operated since 2015 at the corner of Bainbridge and 12th streets, to a new space at 1012 Hull St.

The new cafe will be similar to the current concept, but will also feature a full bar and incorporate menu items from Brewer’s Waffles & Milkshakes, which permanently closed in February at 1309 and 1311 Hull St.

“We have had a need to expand Brewer’s Cafe for probably about two years now and we just thought this was the best opportunity to do so,” Brewer said, adding that the new Hull Street space is 3,300 square feet, an increase from 670 square feet on Bainbridge.

He’s also not backing away from Bainbridge. He plans to continue the lease on the original Brewer’s Cafe storefront after it relocates, and open a juice-bar concept built around the line of cold-pressed juices he launched last year. Brewer hasn’t settled on a name for the spin-off juice bar.

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