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RRRC Bear Creek 10 Mile Trail Run has SOLD OUT 

Registration was capped at 200 runners and we filled up within 2 days for our next in-person race - RRRC Bear Creek 10 Mile Trail Run

You can sign up for the Waiting List if there are withdrawals between now and December 1.

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The course through the Bear Creek Lake State Park and Cumberland State Forest remains the same challenging run. It is 98% trail (a lot of single track) and about 2% road. The trail crosses several creeks (you'll get your feet wet), has numerous short hills (but you will still get about 1,000 feet of vert) and includes some challenging sections with fallen trees across the path and leaves, roots, mud, rocks, and water underfoot. 

But we've had to make changes for 2020. Limited participation. Corrals, staggered starts, and chip timing. Mask requirements in the start/finish area. Cupless water stops. Social distancing. Check out our COVID-19 Precautions & Procedures for details.

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RRRC Winter Marathon & Half Marathon Training (WMT) is happening!
 

Registration opens Monday, October 19 @ 8:00 AM for this year's WMT. Price will remain the same $40 and you may even find a little RRRC member discount.  


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RRRC WMT will offer Saturday morning runs from Dogwood Dell from December to March.
Some great routes will happen from this starting point.

We will have both half marathon and marathon training again. Runners and run/walkers of any pace and skill level are welcome! Our only pace requirement is that you be able to do a longer run at 14 minutes/mile, including the time for water stops and potty breaks, or faster. Runners and run/walkers moving up to the half marathon or marathon distance for the first time are welcome!  

We had some great feedback from our WMT Survey that has informed the planning for this year

RRRC received 281 responses to the WMT survey between September 21 and October 6, 2020. Respondents were 54.4% female and 43.8% male. By age, 70 (24.9%) were age 25-39; 171 (60.9%) were 40-59; and 37 (13.2%) were 60 and older. Most respondents (236, 84%) had participated in WMT in the past. 

Over 70% were interested in participating in WMT even if there were no spring races: 44% were interested in training for a marathon and 46% for a half marathon. For 75% of respondents, it was important or very important that RRRC’s WMT be inclusive of runners of all paces. Because of COVID-19, 11% were not interested in participating in group runs at this time. 

We got a lot of great information on what people valued regarding WMT. We also took an extra look at the 45 folks who had not done WMT in the past to see what would be of interest to them in a winter training program. 

Thank you to everyone who completed the survey and shared your opinions and comments. 

Interested in being WMT Coach. Email vp-operations@rrrc.org


Wegmans Turkey Trot 10K & Kids Run - 2020 Virtual Edition

This year, Richmond Road Runners Club and the race's sponsor Wegmans are hosting a virtual Turkey Trot 10K and Kids Run on Thanksgiving weekend 2020. We hope you'll continue your family and personal tradition of running a 10K on Thanksgiving morning, but it will have to be on a DIY course. And you can schedule it any time during the holiday weekend. 

Part of your registration fee will help support RRRC during this unusual year for running and racing. We also want you to help us help FeedMore, Central Virginia's core hunger-relief organization. Please make a donation during registration. Our goal is $500 in donations so we can earn a full $500 matching donation from Wegmans.

SignUp   Early bird pricing through October 31!


Wegmans Turkey Trot 10K (Virtual Edition) registrants receive:
  • Long-sleeve race shirt (option for adult sizes S-2XL)
  • Race medal (limited to first 350 registrants) - check out the Jive Turkey race logo/medal
  • Opportunity to post your 10K time (or just that you finished) to the race's Results page
  • Opportunity to post photos on the race's Photo page for the Photo Contest
  • Eligibility for random awards of gift certificates from Lucky Road Run Shop
  • Early bird fee: $25 for RRRC members, $30 for non-members
Wegmans Turkey Trot Kids Run (Virtual Edition) registrants receive:
  • Short-sleeve race shirt (option for youth sizes S-XL)
  • Opportunity to post a distance (any distance) and time (or just that he/she finished) to the race's Results page
  • Opportunity to post photos on the race's Photo page for the Photo Contest
  • Fee: $15
Multi-person Discount: Sign up 4 or more participants in one transaction (10K and/or Kids Run) and get an extra $5 off per registrant.



Run a virtual 10 Miler and/or 5K on the Cap Trail in October

It's virtual, but we encourage runners and walkers to do their miles on the Cap Trail. RRRC and the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation partnered up again to offer the East 51 @ Rocketts Cap Trail 10 Miler & 5K presented by Dominion Energy. All profits from the races benefit the programs of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation to enhance, promote, and advocate for the continued development of the 52-mile dedicated multi-use trail that connects Richmond and Williamsburg.

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Registrants, who are 21 and older, receive a ticket redeemable for one (1) beer of your choice at the Stone Brewing Tap Room - Richmond or The Virginia Beer Company - Williamsburg. You also have the option to purchase a race shirt.




Poop Loop 4ish Miler offered in-person racing 


Sunday, October 4 - The 3rd annual RRRC Poop Loop 4ish Miler had 24 runners complete the road run and 40 runners complete the trail run. The weather cooperated and provided dry trails and a cool evening. It was low-frills and socially-distanced, but fun was had. 

Check out the Results here.

Congratulations to the top finishers of the trail run: John Sicat (32:56) and Carrie Parker (36:46).

Congratulations to the top finishers of the road run: Matthew Crane (26:56) and Kate Spangler (28:27).

Special shout-out to Kate Spangler who took advantage of the staggered starts and chip timing to do a DOUBLE and almost take top woman honors in both races.
 
Thank you to the 16 donors who contributed a total of $220 to the Friends of the James River Park.   

Thank you to our co-race directors Crystal Koch and Jake Wiseman, the loyal volunteers, and the Richmond City police officers who made it all happen. 


Miles & Minutes - Fall 2020

CLICK HERE to open the latest issue.

Contents

- Cover Story: Shoes for Good (Shood)
- Feature: From Carytown to Quarantown
- Feature: The Yeti Ultra 24 Hour Challenge
- President's Message
- Health & Wellness: Wimping Out vs. Needing Recovery
- Foot Notes: Improper Running Footwear
- Merchant Discounts
- Group Runs

On the cover: A guest and her personal shopper celebrate a “new” pair of shoes at a Shood Share in Downtown Richmond. (Photo courtesy of Shood)

Got a story to share? Submit it to Miles & Minutes for an upcoming issue! Please keep article submissions to under 1,000 words. If you're interested or have any questions, please contact our editor at milesandminutes@rrrc.org.


RRRC Store

ImageNEW ITEM
- UltraSport SeatShield Car Seat Covers in Black $30.00

Also in stock with the new club logo

- RRRC trucker caps
- RRRC mugs
- HeadSweats visors 
- UltraSport SeatShield Car Seat Covers in Gray (3 left)
- Racetrackers Dri-run Two Vent Running Cap
- 40th Anniversary Sweatshirts

And there are reduced prices on technical race shirts and tanks (now $8.00) and Polar Bottles® (now $8.00).

CHECK OUT THE STORE!




Virginia Governor's Executive Order 67 (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency 7


This Executive Order was effective July 1, 2020 for Virginia's "Phase Three Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)."

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

A. EASING OF BUSINESS RESTRICTIONS

12. Recreational Sports

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

Ten feet of physical distance should be maintained by all instructors, participants, and spectators, where practicable.
The total number of attendees (including both participants and spectators) of recreational sports cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the occupancy load of the certificate of occupancy for the venue, if applicable, or 250 persons. For sports played on a field, attendees are limited to 250 persons per field.

B. CONTINUED RESTRICTIONS

1. All Public And Private In-Person Gatherings

All public and private in-person gatherings of more than 250 individuals are prohibited. The presence of more than 250 individuals performing functions of their employment is not a “gathering.” A “gathering” includes, but is not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, whether they occur indoors or outdoors.

A few words from your RRRC Officers

These are challenging times.

We will do our best to continue to engage and connect runners and walkers in the RVA community. We'll be using email and social media to stay in touch. As needed, we'll put on other low-cost virtual events to help keep us all motivated to stay physically active. 

We will work with our race directors to continue the behind-the-scenes planning for upcoming RRRC races so we all can gather on the roads and trails again when that is allowed. Those races may open for sign up later than usual and may be low-frill, but we plan to be ready.

We thank the wise leadership of RRRC over years past. RRRC established and has maintained a healthy financial reserve that will allow this organization to weather these uncertain times. 

We encourage you to stay physically active. We're preaching to the choir, but you know that running and other forms of physical activity offer untold benefits to our own and our communities' well-being.

3/22/2020