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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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Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k unveils finisher medal, participant shirt, and 10k Spirit Contest for 2023 event

Both the shirt and the medal were designed by Frank Anderson, a 5-time participant of the event and Richmond-based Art Director and Graphic Designer.

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The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k presented by Kroger unveiled the finisher medal and participant shirt for this year’s event during its annual ‘10k Reveal Day,’ which took place at Ukrop’s Market Hall.

This year’s medal, which all participants will receive after crossing the finish line on April 22, celebrates some of the iconic parts of the 10k course. The unique shape mimics the turnaround and halfway point on the 6.2-mile course, while the sun feature is a nod to spring and mimics the stained-glass architecture elements you might spot along Monument Avenue.

The colorful participant shirt compliments the medal design. The dogwood flower commemorates the gorgeous spring foliage spotted along the entire course. Both the shirt and the medal were designed by Frank Anderson, a 5-time participant of the event and Richmond-based Art Director and Graphic Designer. The 2023 10k takes place on April 22, 2023, and marks the 24th running of the event. Registration for this year’s event is open at www.sportsbackers.org, with a price increase set for February 1.

The 6.2-mile road race returns to Broad Street, Monument Avenue, and Franklin Street. There will be a small change to the course. The turnaround will move back to Chantilly instead of Staples Mill and the finish line will shift from Shafer and Franklin closer to Laurel and Franklin. The Sheehy Post Race Festival will return to Monroe Park for the first time since 2016. Since its creation in 2000, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k has become one of the largest 10k road races in America, with over 540,000 participants taking part in that time.

“Every year participants look forward to seeing the 10k medal and shirt. We know this year’s will quickly become a fan favorite and we can’t wait to see everyone wearing their new tees post-race,” said Meghan Keogh, Race Director for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k. “We were thrilled to work with Frank Anderson—it’s great to have a local designer familiar with the event. He was able to capture the spirit of race day in commemorative items that people will enjoy for years to come.”

New this year the Porch Party Contest has been combined with the Community Spirit Contest and will now be called the 10k Spirit Contest presented by The Richmond Experience. The new contest aims to celebrate the groups that famously cheer on 10k participants by awarding superlatives and cash prizes. Judges will select one participating group to receive a Grand Prize of $250. Judges will also select winners for Best Porch Party, Judges Choice, Most Spirited, and Best Theme. The groups selected for each of these superlatives will win $100.

“Year after year, cheerful spectators line the sidelines and median of the race route and are the very reason the 10k is often referred to as ‘Richmond’s biggest block party!’” said Samantha Kanipe, Founder & CEO of The Richmond Experience. “We’re thrilled to shine a light on the groups of people that make event day and the RVA community special and to be part of an event that brings the community together in such a unique way.”

You can find more information on the 10k Spirit Contest presented by The Richmond Experience here.

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PHOTOS & GAME SUMMARY: Rams Bury the Patriots

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Official VCU Game Thread

Score: VCU 72, George Mason 52
Location: Richmond, Va. (Stuart C. Siegel Center)
Records: VCU 16-5 (7-1 Atlantic 10), George Mason 12-9 (4-4)
Attendance: 7,637 (sellout)

The short story:  Senior David Shriver, sophomore Jayden Nunn, and graduate student Brandon Johns Jr. each put up double figures with 13, 12, and 11 points, respectively, as the Rams seized the lead early and  never looked back to push their winning streak to six and maintain their spot atop the Atlantic 10 standings.

OPENING TIP

  • Shriver continued his red-hot shooting in conference play, going 3-of-5 from the beyond the arc. Shriver has shot 58.5 percent (24-of-41) from three-point land in eight Atlantic 10 contests
  • Nunn’s 12 points came on 4-of-9 from the field and a perfect 3-of-3 from the free throw line
  • Johns Jr. hauled in seven rebounds to go along with his 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting
  • Junior guard Ace Baldwin Jr. filled up the box score with nine points, a career-high nine rebounds, and seven assists
  • Josh Oduro led the Patriots’ charge with 19 points on 8-of-11 from the field. Victor Bailey Jr. also scored double figures for George Mason with 12 points, nine of which came on three-pointers

THE DIFFERENCE

  • After George Mason got out to a quick 4-0 lead, the Rams responded with a 12-3 scoring run over 2:12 that started with a Baldwin Jr. jump shot and capped off by a Nunn 3-pointer at the 14:59 mark of the first half
  • VCU closed out the first half with a 9-3 run over the final 3:39, with three points from redshirt sophomore Jamir Watkins, two points from Nunn, and four points from Johns Jr. to take a 39-23 lead into the locker room
  • The Patriots got as close as 10 in the second half with a layup from Oduro at the 15:31 mark, but George Mason could get no closer as the Black and Gold kept them at bay
  • It was a complete team effort from the Rams, as their bench outscored George Mason’s bench by a resounding 29-6
  • VCU also crashed the glass to the tune of a 35-24 rebounding advantage. George Mason went into the game third in the Atlantic 10 in rebounding margin, getting on average four more boards per game than their opponents

NOTABLE

  • The Rams kept up their recent run of success with their sixth straight win in Atlantic 10 play. Of those six victories, five came by double digits, with the lone exception being the 63-62 win on the road at Dayton
  • VCU now improves to 46-22 overall against George Mason, including 15-6 in the Siegel Center

UP NEXT
The Rams will stay at home when they host St. Bonaventure on Saturday, Jan. 28. Tip-off at the Siegel Center is scheduled for 6 p.m., and the game will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.

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PHOTOS: Richmond Kickers Tryouts

This weekend soccer hopefuls tried out for the Richmond Kickers.

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The Richmond Kickers held an open tryout and we captured a few pictures. Perhaps we’ll see some of these guys on the field at City Stadium this spring. The Kickers’ first home game is Saturday, April 1st. You can check out Season Tickets here and individual tickets here.


















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