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Contents
- President's Message
- Editor’s Letter
- RRRC News Bits
- Feature: A killer stalks Richmond runners
- Health & Wellness: Downhill running
- Foot Notes: Understanding Neutral, Stability, and Motion Control
- Feature: Running in the Present
- Feature: Running the Capital Trail for a Capital Cause
- Feature: New Running Richmond Tours
- Feature: The Joy of Running – Survey
- Feature: Marine Corps Marathon 2019

Cover Photo: Richmond runner Kevin Carpenter on the North Bank Trail of the James River Park System. Photo credit Doug Ash Photography


RRRC is accepting applications for its College Scholarship Program

RRRC has a scholarship program for Richmond-area high school seniors involved in running or running-related activities. In 2021, RRRC will award up to three (3) $2,000 scholarships to students who have and will contribute to the running community and represent the beneficial aspects of running as a healthy lifestyle.  
 
Each RRRC scholarship will be a one-year, non-renewable award of $2,000. To be eligible, a student must be:
1.     A graduating high school senior who resides or attends school in the Richmond area;
2.     Accepted at an accredited institution of higher education; and
3.     Involved in running in some capacity (e.g., as a cross-country or track team member, as a team manager or trainer, as a member of a running or track club, or volunteer in a running activity).
 
Click here for details, including the application instructions and form. All applications and documentation must be received on or before midnight, May 31, 2021. 



The New Runners Program is back for 2021

Do you want to start running or get back into running? RRRC has the perfect 6-week program to help you start and succeed. All runners and walkers welcome!

The New Runners Training will meet for six (6) weeks on Wednesday evenings (6:00-7:30 PM) at Richmond's Bryan Park. The first session is Wednesday, May 12. 

Head Coach Herv Sherd and his assistant coaches will help you build up your running so you can run one or more of RRRC's summer 5Ks (Thanks Dad 5K, the Cul-de-sac 5Ks, Pony Pasture 5K) or other 5Ks in the community.

SignUp $5.00 registration fee.



Carytown 10K @ Pocahontas State Park

RRRC's Carytown 10K will be run at Pocahontas State Park. We were unable to get the City's permission to run the race on the streets of Carytown this year.

The Carytown 10K @ Pocahontas State Park will be an in-person race on Sunday, May 2.


** THE PARTICIPANT CAP HAS INCREASED TO 325 RUNNERS/WALKERS **

IMPORTANT - To sign up you have to "Join the Waiting List." You'll get a waiting list confirmation email and then you will get an email inviting you to register.

We'll use staggered starts with corrals and have other COVID-19 precautions in place. 

The Virtual Carytown 10K will allow you to run when, where, and with whom you please Saturday, April 24 through Monday, May 3. You'll get instructions on posting your finish time before race days.

Carytown race shirts are available to anyone who registers by April 14 for either event. 

Both events are RRRC Grand Prix (GP) events for 2021.

SignUp For the Virtual Carytown 10K or join the Waiting List for the in-person race!


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED for Carytown 10K @ PSP

We need volunteers for this run through the woods of Pocahontas State Park. All positions needed - course marshals, finish line, parking, photographer, race day check-in, etc. 

Earn 2 volunteer points for the RRRC Grand Prix Competion as a race day volunteer.

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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.



Virginia Governor's Executive Order Further Eases Some Restrictions


The Fourth Amendment to Executive Order 72 (2021) and Order of Public Health Emergency Nine - Further Easing of Commonsense Surge Restrictions Due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) was effective April 1, 2021. 

We're sharing relevant excerpts that guide decisions on club races and training programs.

I. CONTINUED RESTRICTIONS A. BUSINESS RESTRICTIONS

11. Recreational Sports

Indoor and outdoor recreational sports activities are permitted, provided participants and organizers of recreational sports activities comply with the sector-specific guidelines for recreational sports, which are expressly incorporated by reference herein. Such guidance includes, but is not limited to, the following requirements:

b. Races or marathons must use a ratio of 40 square feet per person to determine occupancy limits – only square footage that is likely to be accessed may be included. For example, a 100,000 square foot race course would have an occupancy load of 2,500 – of which no more than 30% (750 persons) shall be permitted. Races and marathons organizers must stagger starts and separate runners into groups of 50 or less.


For more information on how to reduce the risk of COVID-19 exposure and spread associated with indoor and outdoor recreational sports activities, consult the Virginia Department of Health’s “Considerations for Recreational Sports” webpage, which can be found here.

II. CONTINUED REQUIREMENT TO WEAR MASKS

B. Masks Required – Outdoors

All individuals in the Commonwealth aged five and older must cover their mouth and nose with a mask, as described and recommended by the CDC, when outdoors and unable to maintain at least six feet of physical distance from other individuals who are not Family members as defined in section I, subsection D, paragraph 2.


When and where RRRC can hold races still remains dependent on finding a venue with sufficient capacity and obtaining permissions from local governments. You can anticipate that announcements about a specific race may occur only 1-2 months before the event.  


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