Top 5 Richmond Races To Run In 2011
Your resident runner here, it’s about that time to get your running calendars ready and set for 2011! If you’re a short distance runner, fiend for competition, or just love to run, check out my top five Richmond races (ranging from 5k to 15k) you must sign up for!
Frostbite 15k (January 23, 2011) Big fan of cold running? This is the race for you! Run on city streets, the Frostbite starts and ends at the VCU Gym. The racecourse is certified with mile markers. Two water stops will be available on the course. Don’t get left behind, as the first 800 registered runners will receive a t-shirt.
Monument Avenue 10k (April 2, 2011) The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, named one of the best running races in the country by USA Today, brings more than 30,000 participants each year. The 6.2-mile course takes you around historic Monument Avenue and fans cheer you along every part of the race. Enjoy all you can grab granola bar and snacks samples at the end of the race.
Dominion River Rock: Filthy 5k Mud Run & James River Scramble Trail Run (May 13 and 14, 2011) How about a weekend full of running and outdoor festivities? The second annual Dominion Riverrock festival, Richmond’s own sports and outdoors festival highlighting the riverfront drew over 3,000 participants and over 25,000 spectators to Brown’s Island on May 14-15. These record numbers make Dominion Riverrock one of the largest outdoor sports festivals in the United States.
Friday starts with the Filthy 5k Mud Run starting at Browns Island, running through the woods in Belle Isle, across the Lee Bridge, and finally jumping into a large pool of mud, inches away from the finish line. Hose off and enjoy the evening with a free beer (for participating) and an outdoor concert!
How about a Saturday run? The James River Scramble 10k trail run takes you through the rocks and woods around Browns Island, Canal Walk, James River Park, and the floodwall. Be prepared to play leapfrog on the river rocks! You’ll be working out all your muscles on this course.
Carytown 10k (May 15, 2011) Feeling more ambitious? Sign up for the Carytown 10k following the Dominion River Rock’s Friday and Saturday races. That’s right, three races in three days. I’ve done it and got a sweet medal at the end! In its seventh year, produced by the Richmond Road Runners Club, the race begins in front of the Cary Court Shopping Center. The course is relatively flat and features scenic Cary Street and Grove Avenue.
Dates are current, but may change. For more information and race registration, visit Sportsbackers.org, DominionRiverRock.com, and RRRC.org. Stay tuned next week for my top 5 half-marathon and marathon races for 2011.
Jason Yu is Partner and Director of Marketing for The Hardwicke Group in Richmond, VA. His company specializes in new media, PR and influence with an emphasis on digital marketing strategy and reputation management. Jason enjoys keeping active by biking, running and working out on a daily basis. Jason has ran in over twenty running races including the Marine Corps Marathon, Tough Mudder, Richmond Marathon, and Xterra races. Interesting facts about Jason is that he is a music fanatic, in search fro the best macaroni and cheese, and aspiring “mixologist.”
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