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Richmond Marathon Back to Normal this Year

Registration is open for all the running events as is signup for a Marathon Training Team.

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Great news from the Richmond Marathon organizers.

The VCU Health Richmond Marathon will take place in its traditional one-day, in-person format in downtown Richmond on November 13, Sports Backers, the event organizers, announced today. The event also features the CarMax Richmond Half Marathon and Allianz Partners 8k. Registration is currently open for all three events at www.RichmondMarathon.org, with a price increase set for July 1.

2021 will mark the 44th running of the VCU Health Richmond Marathon. It is consistently recognized as a premier race experience, earning accolades such as ‘Top 15 Fall Race in the U.S.,’ ‘Top 20 Marathon in the U.S.,’ and a ‘Best Bet for a Boston Marathon Qualifier.’ The VCU Health Richmond Marathon and associated events also helped Richmond earn the distinction of being one of the ‘Top Racing Cities in the U.S.

“We are excited to return to our traditional format for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon and join together to celebrate all the aspects of race weekend that participants look forward to when running Richmond,” said Jon Lugbill, Executive Director of Sports Backers. “Events like this help make the Richmond region a vibrant place to live, work, and visit, and we can’t wait to welcome everyone back to downtown Richmond in November.”

If you need a little help to get across the finish line you can join a Marathon Training Team.

Sports Backers’ Marathon Training Team kicked off its 20th season on June 5 and the first in-person group training runs take place this Saturday, June 12, and Sunday, June 13, with groups meeting at Sports Backers Stadium.

The Sports Backers’ Marathon Training Team is a proven 23-week program that has successfully trained over 17,000 people for the VCU Health Richmond Marathon since the team’s inception in 2002. Roughly 30 percent of team participants will be training for their first marathon. The program is led by experienced coaches who are eager to provide motivation and guidance in a supportive setting to help participants achieve their goal of completing 26.2 miles.

The Marathon Training Team registration fee of $180 includes a free entry in the VCU Health Richmond Marathon, along with a Marathon Training Team shirt, a technical race shirt, an electronic guide book with a detailed schedule to follow, clinics, organized weekly runs with knowledgeable and supportive coaches, and special race-day support along the course from coaches. Income-based rates are available for all Sports Backers training teams. These rates are offered to those who qualify and would otherwise not be able to participate.

Marathon Training Team registration is open through June 28. For more information and registration details, please visit www.richmondmarathon.org/training/marathon-training-team/.

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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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Preview: Kickers Face Toronto in Race to Playoff Line

It’s been a rough month (season?) for the Kickers and they’re hoping being back at home can get them the win.

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Opponent: Toronto FC 2 (6-8-6)
Date/Time: Saturday, September 24th, 6:30 PM
Last Result: Kickers 1 – New England 3

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Three Things to Kick About

  • Winless – The Kickers last won a game over a month ago on August 22nd. They have yet to win two games in a row. They have more draws than wins. This is why they’re in 2nd to the last place in the league. The phrase “must-win” gets tossed around a lot but it certainly applies to this game.
  • Golden Boot – Emiliano Terzaghi is tied in the Golden Boot race at 12 goals. He’s tied with some dude from Greenville. Greenville plays Foward Madison which are only slighty better than Toronto so no real advantage to either striker on Saturday.
  • Weather – It’s going to be freaking perfect this weekend get out there and support you local team.

Prediction

The Kickers took an early lead against New England last game and gave me hope. For about 20 minutes that hope was a beautiful thing. Then New England scored a goal and my candle of hope flickered but stayed lit. New England scored again and snuffed the candle of hope. Then New England scored for a third time grabbing my stub of a candle threw out the window where it landed in the river of despair and floated away. I think you see where I’m going with this. I’ll still be at City Stadium hoping the Kickers can show some fire and get back on track but I’m not counting on it.

Kickers 1 – Toronto 1

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Photos and Game Summary: Rams Comeback to Win in Extra Time

George Washington scored first but VCU tied it up and scored in extra time to take the win.

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Official VCU Summary

The short story: Redshirt senior forward Samantha Jerabek scored the golden goal in the 108th minute as the Rams collected a dramatic win in the opening game of the Atlantic 10 schedule.

QUICK FACTS

  • Jerabek scored her second goal of the season, the 26th of her career, and leads VCU with seven points on the season.
  • Senior forward Aileen Guthrie scored her team-high third goal of the season in her first start of the year.
  • Graduate forward Bri Kropinack notched her second goal of the year to tie the game late in the second half.
  • Junior midfielder Anna Bagley notched her second assist of the season on Jerabek’s goal, while sophomore midfielder Ella Higgins recorded her first point of the year, assisting Kropinack’s goal.
  • VCU out-shot George Washington by a wide 32-6 margin. The Rams also held a 10-2 advantage in corner kicks, while the Colonials committed 19 fouls compared to VCU’s seven.
  • This was VCU’s first match in two weeks after COVID-19 protocols within the William & Mary program canceled a Sept. 9 meeting with the Tribe.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • VCU controlled play in the first half, outshooting GW by a 12-2 margin and earning four corner kicks.
  • Jerabek was dangerous on the left wing in the early going, forcing saves at the near post in both the 17th and 20th minutes.
  • The Rams opened the scoring in the 30th minute when Bagley stepped to win a ball in the midfield, then played a through ball to spring Guthrie on a breakaway, where she slotted the ball into the lower right side-netting.
  • The Colonials equalized against the run of play in the 33rd minute through Isabelle Eskay, who finished Isabella Buck’s cross.
  • The Rams had a dangerous chance in the 40th minute from Jerabek’s free kick, as Gajdobranski pounced on a loose ball in the box and fired a shot on goal.
  • GW took a 2-1 lead in the 49th minute, with Kelly Amador scoring from a Maria Pareja assist.
  • The Rams tied the game in the 78th when Higgins played a through ball that split four Colonial defenders, that Kropinack touched around charging GW goalkeeper Tamaki Machi and rolled into the empty net.
  • Jerabek was a scoring threat throughout the two overtime periods, firing a shot just over the bar in the 91st minute, and forcing a pair of saves in the 104th and 106th.
  • The Chesterfield, Va., product ended the game a few moments later. After collecting a pass from sophomore forward Aisha Maughan, she took on a GW defender 1-on-1 to get into the box, then fired a left-footed shot inside the far post. The goal marked Jerabek’s sixth game-winning score of her prolific career.

UP NEXT
The Rams face their first in-conference road test at St. Bonaventure on Thursday, Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. Every A-10 match is streamed on ESPN+.

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Photos and Game Summary: Panthers Shred the Dragons

Virginia Union University and Virginia University of Lynchburg hadn’t meet on the football field since 1931. VUL will be happy if they don’t meet again anytime soon as they lost 49 to 7.

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Virginia Union University and Virginia University of Lynchburg hadn’t meet on the football field since 1931, but VUU made up for 90 years of lost time by downing the Dragons 49-7 in the Willard Bailey Classic on Saturday, September 18, at Willie Lanier Field at Hovey Stadium in Richmond, Va.

“It’s always good to get the win,” said VUU Head Football Coach Dr. Alvin Parker.  “I think the guys needed it, we needed it.  It’s good to get the win in the fashion that we did.  I was happy to get a lot of guys to play and it was a great opportunity to get the win.”

The Panthers started the scoring early when Jaiden Reavis caught a 28-yard touchdown pass from Khalid Morris with 2:32 left in the first quarter and didn’t stop the scoring until Kore Prentice-Coles capped the onslaught when he took the ball in from two yards out with 14:55 left in the fourth quarter.

In between, VUU racked up 416 yards in total offense and rushed for five touchdowns.

“Those guys (in the offensive line), Brian GibsonMatthew CurryMark LawtonJustin Meade and Savion Hopes, those are five starters right now, and they’ve been playing exceptionally well these past few weeks,” said Parker.  “We’ve been able to run the ball pretty effectively and they’ve been protecting the quarterback as well.  They may not get a lot of credit, but those guys have been doing such a great job and the numbers speak for what they are.”

VUU’s Jada Byers, a freshman from Hammonton, N.J., majoring in Social Work, rushed for 201 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries.  Byers was named the Offensive MVP of the Game for his effort.

“If you watch us play, you’ll see that #7 (Byers) is something special,” said Parker.  “He’s just a great kid to be around, first and foremost.  Even before you get to his play, he’s just a great kid.  His play speaks for itself.”

On the defense, Virginia Union” Marquis Hamilton, a graduate student from Washington, D.C., and who is majoring in Business, intercepted two passes and came within one yard of returning one for a score.

“Hamilton is a good guy for us,” said Parker.  “He bought right into our culture. He comes to work every day and you really don’t hear him make a sound.  But he had a big smile on his face after he made those interceptions, and that’s what we like to see.”

VUU is now 1-2 on the season while Virginia University at Lynchburg fell too 0-3.

The Panthers will now travel to Charlotte, N.C., to face Johnson C. Smith University at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 25, In the CIAA regular-season opener for both teams.

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