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A Sweet Morning to Run the Sweetheart 8K

ImageSunday, February 17 - We had an amazing window of wonderful weather for the RRRC Sweetheart 8K, presented by TowneBank. It was chilly, but there was sun, blue skies, and light winds for the race! We had 439 finishers (a 23% increase over 2018) of the 8K and a small contingent of kids enjoy the kids run.


Congratulations to the top finishers of the RRRC Sweetheart 8K, presented by TowneBank!

Overall Male - Emmett Saulnier, 26:52.5
Overall Female - Keira D'Amato, 29:15.0
Master Male - Robert Flanigan, 29:31.0 
Master Female - Tressa Breindel, 33:40.9


ImageWe had 43 couples participate as teams in the Sweetheart 8K. 

Congratulations to Team Trev & Leah in 1st place with a cumulative time of 59:56.9 - Trevor Hopper (27:07.1) and Leah Schubel (32.39.8)!

⇐ And we even had some cute couples who weren't in the couples' competition. 


ImageWe send out a BIG THANK YOU to all of the  volunteers that made Sweetheart a success! The race could not have happened without your service, smiles and cheers. We also want to thank the many officers of the Chesterfield County Police Department who helped to keep us safe along the roadways. 

⇐ And finally a BIG BIG THANK YOU to race director Marcy George.

THANK YOU to our presenting sponsor TowneBank, our gold sponsor Lucky Road Run Shop and our on-site host Urban Farmhouse.  


CLICK HERE TO SEE MANY MORE PHOTOS by our volunteer photographer Ed Kelleher.

Check the Results page later. We may be able to post some finish line videos for your enjoyment.

The Latest Miles & Minutes

CLICK HERE to open the latest issue.Image

  • Editor's Letter
  • President's Message
  • Volunteers
  • Feature: Third Time's the Charm - The Southern Tour Ultra and Relay
  • Foot Notes: Turning to the Evidence
  • Feature: Winter Marathon Training
  • Race Results: First Day 5K, Megsmiles 5K, Frostbite 15K
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Group Runs 
On the cover: Sandra Langenbucher exults at the top of an incline on Hampton Street. Photo Credit Ed Kelleher.

Show Off Your RRRC Pride!

ImageWe have a new we have new decals, a magnet and a bumper sticker to show them off.

Look for them at packet pick up for the Sweetheart 8K and the Huguenot 3 Miler @ Robious Landing. Get them at the next RRRC Meeting. Or visit the RRRC Booth at the TowneBank Health & Fitness Expo before the Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K.

They are FREE if you plan to display them somewhere/anywhere. If you just plan to stick it in a drawer or throw it away, we'll have to charge you $5.00 for each one.

A Shout-Out to Our Race Directors

ImageDid we order enough porta-potties? Who’s taking care of the bibs? Are there enough volunteers to handle packet pickup? Hey, who’s in charge of the weather?! Did the parade permit come through? What’s the ratio of pizzas per 100 runners? Did I order enough shirts and finisher medals? Who’s bringing the boom box?

Those are just a fraction of the issues that face those lucky souls who sign on as race directors, some of them for the umpteenth time. They put in countless hours planning, checking and double-checking, and then, on D-Day, having to deal with last-minute "emergencies," the occasional complainer, and challenges like flooded courses or December snow storms. For all of that, they deserve our undying gratitude.    

Here is a salute from the RRRC officers to the Race Directors of 2018:
  • First Day 5K – Bill Anderson & Eric Collins
  • Frostbite 15K – Mara George & Chris Mason
  • Sweetheart 8K – Marcy George
  • Huguenot 3 Miler – Michael Muldowney
  • Carytown 10K – Anne Brown
  • Stratford Hills 10K – Mike Levins
  • Thanks Dad 5K – Sarah Akin & Matt Nordin
  • Cul de Sac 5K Series – Steve Lerner & Mike Gholson
  • Pony Pasture 5K – Mara George
  • Patrick Henry Half Marathon – Michael George
  • The Governor’s Race 5K – Bill Kelly & Ralph Gibbs
  • Poop Loop 4ish Miler Trail Run – Crystal Koch
  • Wegmans Turkey Trot 10K – Michael George
  • Bear Creek 10-Mile Trail Run – Barry Kreisa
  • Toy Run 5K – Nikkia Young & Joe Flynn
Thank you, RDs. The club couldn’t have done it without you!

Volunteer Rewards Program for 2019

ImageIn 2018, RRRC put on 18 races with over 7,500 finishers (plus numerous kids runs). If the Toy Run had not been snowed out, we would have had over 8,000 finishers and a 13+% increase in finishers compared to 2017.

We want to recognize the volunteers who make our club races a success. At the end of each quarter, we will randomly select 18 volunteers to receive a gift certificate (2 for $50 & 16 for $25) -- a total of $500 in rewards. And just to clarify...this rewards program is separate from the Grand Prix competition and is open to all volunteers at our club races.  

To be eligible for the "drawing," a volunteer must sign up to volunteer in advance (at least 24 hours before the start of the main race) via RunSignUp.

You get 1 entry in the quarterly drawing for each race for which you sign up in advance AND for which you show up and volunteer.
You can get 1 extra entry for signing up by midnight of the fifth day before the race (e.g., Tuesday for a Sunday race). 
You can get extra entries for volunteering for certain positions: 2 extra entries for volunteering as the Truck Assistant; and 1 extra entry for volunteering as a Course Marshal, Water Stop Leader or Lead/Sweep Bike.
Volunteers designated by our VP-Operations as Timer, Truck Driver and Registration/Check-In Guru get 5 entries for each race.  
While you can have multiple entries for each quarterly drawing, you can only receive one reward per quarter.

The extra entries in the drawing are to: 
1) recognize volunteers who commit well in advance for volunteer assignments at RRRC club races, which helps the race director know that key volunteer positions will be filled on race day.
2) recognize the importance of, and difficulty recruiting volunteers for, certain positions that are critical to the safety of runners and walkers during our events.

The program has already started with the volunteers for First Day 5K. The first "drawing" will be in early April and we'll recognize the Volunteer Reward recipients on the website and in a club email.


Race Volunteers Needed

2/23-3/30 - Winter Marathon Training - Need Water Stop Volunteers (Earn 1 Grand Prix contract event point)

2/23 - Contract Race- Shiver in the River 5K - Finish Line Only
*Online sign-up is closed

3/10 - RRRC Huguenot 3 Miler @ Robious Landing Park - All Positions

3/23 - Contract Race - SPCA 5K & Dog Jog - Finish Line Only

3/30 - Contract Race - Carytown Bike 5K at Greengate - Finish Line Only 

4/28 - RRRC Carytown 10K & Kids Run - All Positions

5/11 - Contract Race - Holton Hustle 5K - Finish Line Only

5/18 - Contract Race - Autism Society 5K - Finish Line Only

5/26 - RRRC Stratford Hills 10K - All Positions

* Online sign-up is closed, but you can still show up and volunteer. Please make sure to sign the volunteer check-in sheet!

RRRC is an Ambassador for the St. Michaels Running Festival 

ImageHead to picturesque St. Michaels, Maryland on Saturday, May 18, 2019 to run the "flattest, fastest 13.1 in the Mid Atlantic." Recognized as one of the TOP 100 HALF MARATHONS IN THE USA, the beautiful USATF-certified course is built to help you reach a new PR. With an elevation that averages between 8 and 10 feet (with its highest peak at 16 feet) you are certain to enjoy the scenic views and serene setting while cruising along the course. Almost 1,400 runners completed the half marathon in 2018. The Festival also offers a 5K run/walk and a 1K kids fun run. For more information, visit the St. Michaels Running Festival website.  

SIGN UP HERE. Use code AMBROSIE for a $10.00 discount at checkout.

RRRC Store has hooded sweatshirts with a NEW RRRC logo

ImageThey feature new RRRC artwork celebrating RRRC's 40th Anniversary! You'll be seeing the new RRRC logo in various versions in 2019.

These cotton/poly hooded pullover sweatshirts are for sale online on the RRRC Store for $20.00 + tax.

SPECIAL OFFER: Free shipping on orders over $60

RRRC Member Discounts at Other Races

Races without at coupon code listed will check your club membership during the race registration process. 

Image2019 CASA Superhero Run 5K and Kids' Run (May 4) at St. Joseph's Villa supports the Court Appointed Special Advocates program to help make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children. RRRC members are eligible for a $5 or $2 discount on race registration. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE.

ImageTravel to coastal Carolina for races from the 5K through the marathon: Run Oak Island (Feb 16); Run Sunset Beach (March 30). Use code save10 at checkout for a $10 discount on your registration. For more information and to register, CLICK HERE

ImageNOTE NEW FALL DATES! The Colonial Relays -- Colonial /200 (Charlottesville to Williamsburg, September 13-14) and Colonial /70 (Hanover to Williamsburg, September 14) -- offer relay running fun through the Virginia countryside for teams of 4-12 runners. RRRC Runners -- Use codes CR200_2019_RRR or CR70_2019_RRR for a 25% discount on team registration for the Colonial Relays. To learn more about the relays and to register CLICK HERE.