Richmond Walks, Runs, and Marathons

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Richmond and the surrounding area is know for its’ many 5k, 10k, marathon, 1/2 marathon, muddy races, and much more. There is no reason not to get out and participate in fun walks/runs/strolls for some healthy exercise – and most of them have benefits for deserving non-profits at the same time. Check out our list of 2013 opportunities to get moving below. Let us know of others and we’ll add them to the list – email

Check websites to verify dates, times, and locations as they may have changed after posting.

Many are accepting registrations now.

Saturday, March 9

Free to Breathe Run/Walk  All proceeds help support the National Lung Cancer Partnership’s vital research, education and awareness programs. For more information, to register or donate, visit

Forest Hill 5k – Run for the Hills! 9am – runners, walkers, joggers, strollers, and canine-types invited!

Hope 5k – Registration is at Hope Church and the run begins at the West Creek entrance at 8:30. Join us after for the Kids’ Mile and Family Festival at Hope Church. Our proceeds will go to support to The Fathered Fund: an adoption fund established through Lifesong. Join us for a fun morning and support our local community!

Saturday, March 9

5th Annual Benedictine/Saint Gertrude 5k Challenge to benefit students

HOPE5k. Join us for a morning of fun at the 3rd annual Hope 5k on March 9, 2013. Registration is at Hope Church and the run begins at the West Creek entrance at 8:30. Join us after for the Kids’ Mile and Family Festival at Hope Church.

March 16

2nd Annual Westchester Shamrock 5K and 1K Fun Run will be held on March 16, 2013! Start time: 9:00 a.m. on Main Street. Enjoy free admission to the festivities, including music, sports demonstrations, food, and family fun. Stop by the Bon Secours Health & Fitness Zone for helpful tips and information, giveaways, and samples.

Richmond SPCA 11th Annual Dog Jog and 5k Run from 9am-1pm. As an early bird bonus, the first 250 Dog Jog registrants will receive a MARTIN’S reuseable shopping bag!

amanda roseThe Instant Classic Marathon & Half Trail Race at Pocahontas State Park, Chesterfield, VA. Registration is now open!

Millwood School  Annual Sofa Design Bobcat Blast 5k and Fun Run in Midlothian.

Saturday, March 23

Woolridge Health & Safety Family 5k Run/Walk and Kids 1 Mile Obstacle Course – 9am-11:30am.

Run to Rebuild Richmond 5k at River Road United Methodist Church

Walk MS at Innsbrook. When you participate in Walk MS, the funds you raise give hope to the more than 7,000 people living with MS in our community.

Saturday, March 30

24th Annual Henrico 5k Run/Walk at Innsbrook Corporate Center.

Saturday, April 6

SCAN Race to Protect Children – family friendly event with a children’s festival, games, activities, food, fun and more!

Virginia War Memorial’s 2nd Annual 5k Run/Walk to Remember & Veteran’s Transition Fair. 8am. Fair 10am-1pm.

Saturday, April 13

The Mother of All Walks: Walk Like MADD with Mothers Against Drunk Driving – their annual awareness/fundraising event, Walk Like MADD, coming up on April 13 at Dorey Park.

Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k with thousands of competitors.

Virginia 529 Kids Run for 5-12 year olds.

Saturday, April 18

Wellesley 5k.

Saturday, April 20

Color Me Rad benefiting Special Olympics Virginia.

Bon Air 5k Run for School and 1 Mile Fun Run.

Columbia Muddy Buddy Ride and Run with pairs running military style obstacles. Alternate running and biking.

Kids Walk for Kids is coming up on April 20th. Join us Saturday morning for a fun family event where we raise awareness and funds to support our Waiting Child Program, which strives to find a forever family for children in foster care.

Sunday, April 21

Fairy Godmother Project’s Joggin’ Jubilee – Summer Lake neighborhood, Moseley Virginia. Walk, jog, run!

Saturday, April 27

The Great Gator Kid’s 5k Fun Run at Swift Creek Elementary.

CASA Superhero Run 5k Race and Kids’ Run Family Fun – St. Joseph’s Villa. Face painting, carnival games, crafts, inflatables, crafts, food, and more!

Sunday, May 5

Carytown 10k. For more information, contact race director at Anne Zielinski Brown at

Saturday, May 11

Sweet 16 Race for the Cure – Online registration will be available through 5 PM on Wednesday, May 8, 2013.

The Cap2Cap, or Capital to Capital, bike ride takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2013. It offers several rides to choose from: a “quarter century” 25-miler, a “half-century” 50-miler and a “full century” 100-mile ride.

5k Foam Fest with a mud run combined with lots of foam, huge inflated obstacles, army crawls, cargo-net climbs, and more.

Saturday, May 18

2nd Annual We Heart Harlie Celebration. 1/2 mile fun run begins at 8:15, 5K to follow. We will also have Zumba, Adrenaline Workout, Master Cho’s Tae Kwon Do, bouncy houses, cotton candy, face painting, raffles galore and lots of love to support our sweet Harlie.

May 17-19

Dominion Riverrock – 5ks, 10ks, trail runs, climbing – fitness event spanning 3 days!

Sunday, June 2

Run Like a Girl benefiting HERA Foundation.

Saturday, June 8

The “Boxer Brief Battle” 5K Run  raises awareness about colon cancer prevention while raising funds for colon cancer research, preventative screening, and advocacy. Proceeds of the 2013 “Boxer Brief Battle” 5K Run will benefit the American Cancer Society and “Access Now”.

Saturday, June 22

Jack & Abby Foundation 5K at Innsbrook

Congenital Heart Walk Central VA at Hermitage High School!

June 29

Henricus Dauber Dash – 5 mile run through historic settlement. Kids can take part in muddy one-miler too!

May 27-28

Maymont X-Country Festival – running events and more.

August 17

Anthem Moonlight Ride with 3,000 cyclists, costumes, fun 3 or 17 mile ride through Richmond’s Fan district.

Saturday, September 28

Pretty Muddy is a 5k adventurous obstacle course mud run for any woman who wants to get outside, spend time with friends and have fun.

Walk Now for Autism Speaks Benefitting Autism Speaks.

Sunday, October 13

Run Like a Girl benefiting HERA Foundation.

November 16

Anthem Richmond Marathon/American Family Fitness Half Marathon/HCAVA 8k. Pick your pavement!

Saturday, December 7

Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk for Arthritis to benefit the Arthritis Foundation.



Rhonda is the mother of two adult daughters and a grandmother to five wonderful grandchildren – and our only grandmother on staff. She spent 25 years in corporate healthcare managing prenatal and disease management programs. She is the Content Manager for Richmondmom and contributes her expertise as both a mom and grandmother – while sorting out the many opportunities for our valuable advertisers.

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