The 2023 RRRC college scholarship recipients were announced at the Pony Pasture 5k on July 29th. The recipients were selected for their leadership and significant involvement in various running communities.
Lily Grace Hester graduated from James River High School and will attend Virginia Tech in the fall, where she will compete on the cross country and track and field teams. Throughout high school, Lily Grace volunteered with organizations that promote movement and healthy lifestyles. Many of those volunteer efforts focused on coaching younger runners through the Healthy Kids Running Series, Girls on the Run, and the Richmond Road Runners Club youth running camp. Lily Grace also co-organized a 5k race, alongside fellow scholarship winner Zachary, that raised funds for the running camp.
Lloyd Jewell graduated from Hanover High School and will attend Randolph-Macon College in the fall, where he hopes to start the school's first running club. Although Lloyd's running journey began in sprinting, he found a love for longer distances throughout high school. He was a team captain for the cross country and track teams his senior year, building a community of student athletes who felt supported and valued regardless of speed. Lloyd has also volunteered with the Special Olympics track and field team, encouraging athletes along their running journeys.
Zachary Stevens graduated from James River High School and will attend the University of Richmond in the fall, where he will compete on the school's cross country team. Zachary was a team captain for the cross country and track teams his senior year, and he designed workouts for the distance runners, not only impressing his coaches but also helping his teammates achieve new personal bests. Zachary has volunteered at the Virginia Middle School State Cross Country Championships and the Richmond Road Runners Club youth running camp, and he co-organized a 5k race, alongside fellow scholarship winner Lily Grace, that raised funds for the running camp.