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Grand Prix 2021 update!

We have made it to the Fall when everyone gets a little faster.  Goodbye, Summer Heat!!

The competition is going well, but we are still behind on the contract races.  

We have the following contract races from now through the end of the year - Let's Finish this Run 5k on 10/16 and Reindeer 5k on 12-4.  

Additionally, we have made Richmond Marathon volunteer events earn Contract Race Points this year.   Volunteer for our RRRC Booth, the Expo in general, the Bus Tour Guides, or the RRRC Candy Stop and earn a Contract Race Point.

Earlier this year, we modified the rules for the rest of this Grand Prix Competition. You can fulfill the contract race volunteer point by volunteering at an additional club race instead.  If you don't get a contract race volunteer point this year, you will need to volunteer for two club races.  You will also need two club race volunteer points if you are doing the Ironrunner and can't get a contract race volunteer point.  But remember, you can get that club race volunteer point by volunteering at pre-race package pickup.

Would you please ensure you are signing up to volunteer using the  RunSignUp site?  You can find all races for both Club and Contract volunteer spots on the Race Calendar. Using Run Sign-up allows the onsite Volunteer Coordinator to print out the sheet beforehand and merely check off people as they check-in. 

If you show up to volunteer and have not pre-registered, that's fine - LEGIBLY write and sign your name on the sheet.  This way, we can make sure you get credit.  If we can't read it, we can't give you credit for volunteering! 

Here is the GP 2021 Live BookMark. You have 30 days to address any race discrepancies or events for everything after Thanks Dad on the sheet.  

As always, email with any comments, corrections, or concerns!

Thank you, and happy running!"

Elite runner Keira D’Amato helps kick off Girls on the Run season!!

Elite runner Keira D’Amato helps kick off Girls on the Run season and she will receive a gubernatorial proclamation!!

Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond is kicking off its fall season this month with the help of a world-record-holding runner from Midlothian.
Keira Carlstrom D’Amato, who set the record last year for the fastest time in a women’s-only 10-miler, will join the GOTR team at J.B. Watkins Elementary School in Midlothian for their practice on Tuesday, September 21. D’Amato, who grew up in Northern Virginia, was a four-time all-American runner at American University in Washington, D.C. where she remains the most decorated runner in American University history.

D’Amato, a member of the Richmond Road Runners Club, finished among the top five American women in the 2019 Berlin Marathon, and in 2020 qualified for the Olympic Marathon Trials. In the inaugural Up Dawg 10-Mile Race held in Washington, D.C. last November, D’Amato at age 36, broke the U.S. and world record for a women-only 10-mile road race. On Dec. 20, she finished her season with a runner-up finish at the Marathon Project in Chandler, AZ. Her time of 2:22:56 placed her seventh on the all-time list of fastest female American marathoners. She was honored as the Collegiate Running Association’s Athlete of the Year in 2020.

D’Amato is a mother of two and a real estate agent, billing herself as the “Running Realtor.” Coincidentally, her husband, Anthony, attended J.B. Watkins Elementary as a boy. She also has a niece and nephew who also attend the school.

Gov. Ralph Northam recently signed a proclamation recognizing D’Amato’s accomplishments. Del. Dawn Adams, who represents the 68th District in the Virginia House of Delegates, will be on hand at the school to present the proclamation to D’Amato. As a former Girls on the Run coach, D’Amato is an ambassador for Girls on the Run. The presentation is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.

Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond is a local non-profit with a mission to empower young girls to be more healthy, joyful, and confident. Utilizing a research-based curriculum to teach critical life skills, teams meet twice a week for eight weeks with trained volunteer coaches and build confidence and connectedness through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. Lessons focus on building social, emotional, and physical skills in girls while encouraging healthy habits for life. The season concludes with a joyful and non-competitive 5k experience. This culmination gives girls a tangible sense of accomplishment and the confidence to be the author of her own story.
Building confidence and setting young girls down the path of a healthy lifestyle is PRICELESS. Girls on the Run couldn’t exist without the amazing community across Greater Richmond. Learn more about community partnership opportunities, bringing Girls on the Run to your child’s school or neighborhood, or sponsoring a participant by emailing

Richmond Road Runners Club's mission is to support running and healthy lifestyles in the Richmond, Virginia region. We do this by sponsoring races in our area, helping other organizations put on races, coaching training teams, supporting kids' running programs, supporting a variety of group runs, and awarding academic scholarships to college-bound runner athletes.

Event: Keira D’Amato at Girls on the Run
Where: J.B. Watkins Elementary School, 501 Coalfield Road, Midlothian, VA 23114
When: Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021; 5:30-6:15 p.m.
Media Contact: Ruthie Burke, (205) 310-5501


RRRC Scholarship Winners Announced!

We had a very competitive field of 25 applicants this year for the 2021 Richmond Road Runners Club college scholarship. The three winners set themselves apart through their leadership, dedication to running, and volunteering in the running community. 

Congratulations on Receiving a Scholarship from the Richmond Road Runners Club!

Update on RRRC's COVID-19 Precautions

On May 28, 2021, Virginia Executive Order 79 (2021) and Order of Public Health Emergency 10 "Ending Commonsense Public Health Restrictions Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)" goes into effect.

With the lifting of these restrictions, RRRC will adopt the following practices for RRRC events on or after May 28: 
  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 do not need to wear a mask or other face covering outdoors at RRRC races, training programs, or other events.
  • Individuals who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask in the RRRC Club House. 
  • RRRC strongly encourages anyone who is not fully vaccinated to wear a mask when they are not actively running/walking during an RRRC race or training program, especially when they cannot maintain 6 feet distance from other individuals (e.g., check-in, starting corral, finish area). 
  • If you are fully vaccinated but you are still uncomfortable around others, RRRC fully supports you in wearing your face covering at any RRRC event.
  • For packet pickup and other sponsor/host events and locations, RRRC will abide by the requirements of the sponsor/host regarding masks and physical distancing at the host’s business location.
  • RRRC will continue to offer a virtual event with all of our races as long as any COVID-19 prevention restrictions/recommendations remain in effect.

Diversity and Inclusion Policy: ACE (Access, Connection, and Experience)

At the Feb. 10, 2021 meeting, Richmond Road Runners Club's Board of Directors voted to adopt the following Diversity and Inclusion Policy: ACE (Access, Connection, and Experience)

Access: We will seek to provide community programs for new, current, and returning runners. We will take actions to ensure our activities are accessible to those who want to join and participate (e.g. a shoe clinic for those in need, membership scholarships on an as needed basis, community coaching sessions, and running group support).

Connection: Richmond Road Runners Club will actively invite other groups throughout the Greater Richmond area to come to our events, our monthly Board meeting to share more about themselves and invite them to become members. We will aim to collaborate with other active run groups to ensure they have the support they need to thrive and use our platform to support and elevate what they bring to the area (e.g., social events with local clubs, having a representative from various groups in the area come to board meetings to inform and develop ideas for the area as a whole).

Experience: Our events will respect each participant from beginning to end. People of all paces will be welcomed and celebrated (e.g., races being walker-friendly, having a sweeper for each event, and keeping the finish line open until the final finisher has arrived).

Within this initiative, we will regularly review our processes, events and policies to ensure they remain equitable for all participants and club members.

 We are now offering HydraPak speed cups, the quick and easy watering solution to use at our race events that are now cupless or wherever your adventures take you!   It's lightweight, easy to hold, reusable, and collapsible so that you can tuck it almost anywhere.  Can be frozen or filled with hot water (max temp 60° C / 140° F) Top-rack dishwasher safe Safe and reliable, 100% BPA & PVC free.

Sport-Tek® tees and tanks. These lightweight and breathable shirts in men's and women's fit are just $14.99. 
Tees in true royal or neon yellow have the RRRC logo on the front.
Tanks in true royal have the RRRC logo on the front and #werunRichmond on the back.

Also in stock:
- UltraSport SeatShield Car Seat Cover - Black with RRRC logo 
- Trucker Cap 
- Coffee Mugs
- Waterproof bags
- HeadSweats visors 
- Racetrackers Dri-run Two Vent Running Cap
- 40th Anniversary Sweatshirts