Rocketts Landing Run to the River Almost Here!
Get ready RVA runners, walkers and volunteers -- one of Richmond's most challenging urban cross-country races, the Rocketts Landing Run to the River, is only a few weeks away. As a returning sponsor of this invigorating event, we're proud to continue our tradition of supporting athleticism while also helping raise funds for a nonprofit dear to our hearts, the Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC).
Described by NRC as a "hardcore 10k," Run to the River features varied terrain, hills and changing landscapes. On October 20, racers will run over cobblestones, pavement, grass and dirt, while also making their way up stairs and along the banks of the James River. The NRC is also looking to double the number of participants from last year -- and thus far, they're on track to achieve their goal. Whether running, walking or volunteering is your style, there are a variety of ways to get involved.
Runners can choose to run independently or elect to race as a “Fundrunner,” where you “race for a reason” by raising money for NRC (if 20 people donate $20, you have $400 — it’s as simple as that!). And since you run up 190-foot inclines twice during the race, this extra motivation might give additional fuel to keep you going!
If walking is more your style, you can also do the 5k walk, which offers less intense terrain but still gets your heart pumping. Walkers stroll through Fulton Hill and Rocketts Landing, and can also register to raise funds as a “Fundwalker.” And as always, family walks are welcomed (so bring your kids and dogs, too!).
For those who enjoy giving back to the community without having to face the hills, NRC also seeks volunteers who’d like to help out on race day. Specifically, they need course marshalls and water-stop volunteers. No need to wait, you can sign up today!
After the race is over, everyone winds down at an invigorating afterparty at the NRC. Racers can get free massages from the University of Richmond Massage Therapy Program and everyone enjoys delicious NRC-cooked food (trust us when we say the pumpkin bread rocks!). An award ceremony also follows where they recognize the top male and female 10k racers and top Fundrunners.
So, if you’ve not yet registered to participate, be sure to do so today. You can also go online and visit the NRC and Rocketts Landing Run to the River websites to learn more. We look forward to seeing you on race day!