‘Making The Lap’

Here’s a historic photo to warm you up this winter day.

Elite athletes chugging warm beers in the Monroe Park cruiser race. They had to chug a beer, do a lap or two, chug another beer, repeat until the beer is gone.

Photo and description from William Pickett.

Street Closures For Richmond Marathon Saturday

The Times Dispatch has posted a quick guide to street closures for Saturday’s Anthem Richmond Marathon, American Family Fitness Half Marathon & VCU Health 8k.

Some highlights:

The intersection of 5th & Tredegar Street will be closed starting at 10 a.m. on Friday for Finish Line set up and construction.
– 5th Street will be closed from Broad Street to Tredegar Street from 4 a.m.-4 p.m.
– Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 5th and 11th streets will be closed to traffic from 4-10 a.m. Westbound traffic will be detoured north onto 11th Street and west on Leigh Street.
– Broad Street (both eastbound and westbound) between 5th Street and N. Boulevard will be closed from 6-9 a.m. Eastbound traffic will be detoured north on Sheppard Street, east on Marshall Street, north on the Boulevard, east on Leigh Street, south on 10th Street, east on Marshall Street, south on 12th Street back to Broad Street.
– Grace Street from Allen Ave. to 6th Street will be closed from 4 a.m.-3 p.m.

– Semmes Avenue westbound from Cowardin Avenue to Roanoke Street will be closed from 8:30 a.m.-Noon.
– Belvidere Street northbound at Grace Street will be closed from 7 a.m.-3 p.m. The recommended detour will be east on Byrd Street to the Downtown Expressway eastbound to I-95 northbound.
– West Main Street, from Belvidere to Boulevard will be closed from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Westbound traffic Main Street will be detoured North on Belvidere, east on Franklin, and south on 1st Street to the Westbound Downtown Expressway.
– Belvidere Street southbound between Broad and Grace Streets will be closed from 7am to 3pm. The recommended detour for southbound Belvidere Street will be onto I-95 southbound just north of Leigh Street.

– There will also be numerous and frequent lane closures along the Marathon, Half Marathon & 8k routes, including closures on: Broad Street, North Boulevard, Monument Avenue, Grove Avenue, Maple Avenue, Cary Street Road, River Road, Scottview Drive, Forest Hill Avenue, Semmes Avenue, the Lee Bridge, Belvidere Street, West Main Street, Hermitage Road, Fauqier Avenue, Brook Road.
*Motorists are advised to use extreme caution when entering these roadways or making turns across the runners’ paths along these roadways.

Course maps are available on the Richmond Marathon website.

“VCU Broad Street Mile” This Saturday

From the website:

The VCU Broad Street Mile combines a street festival with a 5K Run and series of one-mile fun runs on the city’s major thoroughfare, Broad Street. In addition to providing a fun, festive event, the VCU Broad Street Mile provides a turnkey fundraising opportunity for local community organizations. This year’s event promises to be bigger and better with a 5K route through the VCU Campus and performances from local community organizations in the festival area.

The FREE festival will feature live music, food trucks, local vendors, kids activities and more. People are encouraged to come enjoy the festival even if you are not participating in one of the run/walks.

DATE: Saturday, September 24, 2016
TIME: 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM
LOCATION: Broad Street between Belvidere Street and Hermitage Road
FESTIVAL: FREE & open to the public
RUN/WALK: 5K & One-Mile Fun Runs (Choose between the No Limits Mile, Kids Mile, Doggy Dash and Spirit of Giving Mile)


6th Annual James River Splash & Dash Coming Up This Weekend

From the press release:

On Saturday, July 16, Richmonders will once again take to the James River for the 6th Annual James River Splash & Dash, presented by Swedish Match and sponsored by Riverside Outfitters. The event, a fundraiser for the James River Association, features a one-of-a-kind 6k trail run or 1 mile walk on Belle Isle followed by an inner tube race across the James ending at Historic Tredegar.

This year a new 1 mile walk option has been added for participants not up to completing a 6k, but still want to participate in the event.

Participants should be ready to have fun, get wet, and navigate an uneven trail with obstacles of all kinds, including rocks, roots, and mud. An after party at the finish line includes live music from Downriver, BackTrack and Sturgeon City, beverages from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery, and food from RVA Street Foodies featuring Richmond’s best food trucks.

Racers age 10 and up are encouraged to participate. Registration is $50 per person, which includes an event t-shirt and beverage ticket.

To register for the event or to learn more about the James River Splash & Dash, presented by Swedish Match and sponsored by Riverside Outfitters, visit www.jrsplashanddash.org by Wednesday, July 13th.