Richmond Races and Fun Runs in Spring 2018

Richmond Races
Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K / Facebook

For many of us in the Richmond area, running is an ideal form of exercise. Thanks to incredible trails along the James River, countless park with dedicated running paths and trails, and plenty of runner-friendly neighborhoods, it doesn’t take much to find a perfect running circuit. Not only is running a (relatively) inexpensive hobby, but it’s also an incredibly healthy one. But it’s always fun to take things up a notch or even just change our scenery for a bit. That’s why we put together a list of some of the best Richmond races and fun runs available this spring.

Even if you’re not an avid runner, we can all use the opportunity to stretch our legs a little – especially after a long winter like the one we’ve just had. For many families, running can be a great way to spend time together. This list of Richmond races and fun runs will offer each member of your family something that works for their fitness levels and goals. From kid-focused fun runs, to challenging obstacle course, to wacky costumed walk/runs for the whole family, Richmond has something for everyone.

Take a look at our Richmond races and fund runs available this April through the end of June 2018, and if you know of one that we might have overlooked, let us know! Drop us a line at and tell us about it. We’ll do our best to get it on the list.


April 14, 2018
Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k
Named one of the best races in the country by USA Today, Richmond’s annual Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is more than just a race – it’s one of the city’s favorite block party. Join runners, walkers, and teams (many of them in outrageous costumes) as they race for the finish line along one of Richmond’s most famous, and beautiful, streets. There will be cheering fans, live music, and fun at every turn. And of course, don’t miss the SUBWAY post-party after the event.

Location: Broad Street near Harrison Street, Downtown Richmond

Eligibility: The 10k is available for seeded runners, as well as non-seeded runners and walkers.

Cost: $45/adult and $35/youth (14 and under) until April 9; $55/adult and $45 youth (14 and under) for walk-up registration at the Expo Center/Packet pick-up April 12 -13; $65/adult and $55/youth (14 and under) for race day sign-up between 7am – 9:30am at the Sigel Center. Race day registration does not include t-shirt or race bag.

Online Registration Information


April 14, 2018
Virginia529 One-Mile Kids Run (ages 5-12)
Considered the kids’ complement to the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k, the Virginia529 One-Mile Kids’ Run offers a kid-friendly course that allows kids to join in the fun. Plus, it gives them something to do while their parents run the race! The morning starts with warms up and music with local mascot favorites, followed by the race itself. Parents can cheer their kids on before heading over the 10k starting line, and kids can stay behind at a secure meeting area until the 10k is over and their parents pick them up. All participants receive a commemorative medal.

Location: Shafer Court near Cathedral Place, Downtown Richmond

Eligibility: Kids ages 5 -12

Cost: $15 until January 31, $20 until February 28; $25 until April 9; $30 for walk-up registration April 12 -13 at the Expo Center; $40 between 7am – 8am on race day (does not include t-shirt or race bag)

Online Registration Information


April 21, 2018
5th Annual OB Gates 5k and Fun Run
O.B. Gates Elementary School is proud to announce their 5th annual 5k and Fun Run. The kids’ fun run will start at finish at the bus loop and all participants will receive a reward. For 5k walkers and runners, the race will also take place at the bus loop after the fun run has completed. Prizes will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers in each age group and trophies to the top three male and female overall winners. Refreshments will be provided after the race! T-shirts are available for everyone who registers by April 11.

Location: Gates Elementary School, 10001 Courthouse Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832

Eligibility: Everyone is welcome

Cost: FUN RUN – $10 (with t-shirt); $5 (without t-shirt); 5K – $15/student; $25/all others; $30 for race day registration; $60 family registration (up to 4 members)

Online Registration Information


April 21, 2018
The Race to Parenthood 5K
The Race to Parenthood 5k is the featured event and fundraiser for the Road to Parenthood, a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization that promotes infertility awareness, education, and support. This annual 5k race raises funds that provide financial support to couples struggling to pay for the cost of building their family. Since 2014, they have awarded grants to 23 Featured Couples and have welcomed 18 little ones into their ever-growing family. This year, five new Featured Couples will become grant recipients!

The race also features the Rituals Salon and Spa Race Party where you can catch your breath, meet up with your team, and celebrate your finish at a post-race party! There will be food, sponsors, live music, special guest, and much more.

Location: Virginia Farm Bureau parking lot, 12580 West Creek Parkway, Richmond, VA 23238

Eligibility: Anyone can run/walk! Virtual Registration is also available to friends and family out of the Richmond area. See Race Details to learn more.

Cost: $35 (18+); $10 (8 -18) until February 28; $40 (18+); $15 (8 -18) until March 31; $45 (18+); $25 (8 -18) until April 18; $50 (18+); $25 (8 -18) walk-up registration during packet pick-up April 20 from 4pm – 7pm and the day of the race from 7:30am – 8:30am; Age 7 and under – FREE.

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April 22, 2018
JP JumPers #LIUB 3K Autism Walk & Festival Presented by Aetna
Join the JP JumPers and the Men/Women in Blue from the Richmond Police Department for the 2nd Annual #LIUB 3K Autism Walk & Festival. The walk begins at the Richmond Police Department on Grace Street and ends at the Science Museum of Virginia – and that’s where the fun really starts! The museum is participating in Autism Awareness by turning their building BLUEtiful and “Light(ing) it Up Blue”.

Walkers will be waiting at four station/street corners with colored balloons (stops will be announced closer to the date), ready to join the other walkers wearing their #LIUB 3K Autism Walk issued shirt. At dusk, participants will light up Blue Glow Sticks and take an “All Blue” photo on the front steps of the museum.

Whether you walk or not, come out, bring your lawn chair, wear BLUE, and cheer on the walkers as they reach the finish line. After the walk, there will be food trucks, face painting, Finishline Finale, a juggler/magician, music, vendors, and more.

Walk start – Richmond Police Department, 200 W Grace St, Richmond, VA 23220
Finish and Festival- Science Museum of Virginia, 2500 W Broad St, Richmond, VA 23220

Eligibility: Anyone who wants to support individuals and families affected by autism

Cost: $20 (shirt included); Festival admission is FREE

Online Registration Information


April 27-28, 2018
Ragnar Trail RVA
Sports Backers and Ragnar Trail Replays have partnered to create the Ragnar Trail RVA, an overnight trial run relay. The race kicks off at Pocahontas State Park and includes teams of four or eight running three different loops that start and finish at Ragnar Village. Pocahontas State Park offers some of the best trail running in Virginia. Runners catch views of Beaver Lake, Swift Creek Lake, and tons of stars overhead. Teams will camp overnight in Ragnar Village located on the banks of Swift Creek. Ragnar Village will include yoga, bonfires, s’mores, live music, sponsor goodies and more. Ragnar Trail RVA will be an unforgettable experience that you won’t want to miss! For more information, click here.

**2018 Registration is closed, but you can join the wait list AND get priority registration for next year.


April 28, 2018
146 Steps To Safety 5K Run/Walk
This family-friendly 5K raises awareness and prevention of human trafficking and exploitation in children. This year marks the event’s inaugural run at Providence Middle School on April 28th, 2018 from 8:00 am to 10:30 am. There will be games and face painting for children, music, raffles and silent auctions, prizes and more!

In addition, there will be a donation center set up for hygienic and survival items being put together and sent to the organization, Love146. Love146 works with victims of trafficking and helps them set a positive lifestyle by providing the care and attention these children deserve. The wish list of items that will be helpful for donation is on the event website.

This fun capstone project will bring awareness to our community and will bring protection to these children who need a survival backpack to ensure their safety. Volunteers are also needed and can sign up through the website as well. The cost to run is $5 until the price increase on April 14th, bringing the price up to $15. Come on out and enjoy family time while supporting a worthy cause!

Eligibility: Walkers and Runners

Location: 900 Starlight Lane 23235

Cost: $5 before April 14th, $15 after April 15th until race day.

Online Registration Information

April 28, 2018
Bon Air 5K and One-Mile Fun Run
The Bon Air 5k is a great opportunity for students who have participated in Running Club to see their hard work rewarded with a fun race experience!  Come join the fun as you run or walk with family and friends through neighborhoods of Bon Air. Proceeds benefit Bon Air Elementary School.

The challenging 5K race starts on the school grounds at 8701 Polk Street in Bon Air, winds down Rattlesnake Road, through Brookwood Estates, and then back to the school. Two water stations are located along the route. Those not walking or running in the Bon Air 5K are encouraged to line the course to cheer for participants as they make their way towards the finish.

Location: Bon Air Elementary School, 8701 Polk Street, Richmond, VA 23235

Eligibility: Walkers and Runners

Cost: 5K Adult – $20 until April 13; 5K Adult – $25 after April 13.
5K Child: $12 (12 and under) until April 13; 5K Child: $15 after April 13
Walk-Up Registration is available April 26, 27, and 28 (race-day)

Online Registration Information


April 28, 2018
Bridging The Health Gap Joy Run/Walk
This special event begins with a Community Fair followed by the Bridging the Health Gap Joy Run/Walk, a combined 5K (3.1 miles) and 2K (1.24 miles) run/walk where participants start together but routes are different based on participant’s choice. You do not have to be an experienced runner or walker for this one. Bring yourself, walk, dance, shout, jog, inspire! It is all about your motivation to finish your race of choice, have a great time and burn a few calories!

The Community Health Fair begins at 9:30 a.m. and will feature a FREE Vendor Fair with BMI screenings, Blood Pressure Screenings, Dental Check-ups, and MUCH, MUCH, MORE!

Location: Tabernacle Baptist Church, 418 Halifax Street, Petersburg, VA 23803

Eligibility: All are welcome!

Organization Registration: $10 per member. (6 or more members; doesn’t include t-shirts or awards)
Individual Registration: $20 per registrant
Team Registration: $100 per team. (4-6 members). Includes event T-shirt for each team member; Team is eligible for team awards

Online Registration Information


April 28, 2018
Great Gator 5k and Kid’s Fun Run
Swift Creek Elementary will host the seventh annual Great Gator 5k and Kid’s Fun Run on Saturday, April 28th, 2018. The course will traverse the roads and pathways of Brandermill, beginning and ending at the Swift Creek Elementary School campus. This event will focus on celebrating healthy living as a community while benefiting SCES’ technology initiative. Race day will include the 5K, a Kids Fun Run, and a festive after-race party.

Children are welcome and encouraged to participate; parents will need to supervise their children on the 5K course. It is recommended that an adult accompany younger children. A 20-minute Kids Fun Run obstacle course is available on the SCES campus for rising Kindergartners to Fifth Graders.

Fun run participants will receive fun run t-shirt. 5K participants will receive a 5K t-shirt, medal and a swag bag filled with various goodies from sponsors. All profits will fund the purchase of technology that will be used directly in classroom learning.

Location: Swift Creek Elementary School, 13800 Genito Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112

Eligibility: Runners and walkers of all ages (including strollers) are welcome! But for safety, skateboards, bikes, scooters or skates.

Great Gator Adult: $20 early bird, $25 general, $35 on race day
Great Gator Child: $15 early bird, $20 general, $30 on race day
Great Gator Child and Kids Fun Run: $25 early bird, $27 general, $32 on race day
Kids Fun Run: $10 early bird, $10 general, $15 on race day

Online Registration Information


April 28, 2018
The Richmond Triathlon Club Sprint Triathlon
Held at the Collegiate School Aquatics Center SWIM RVA facility at Ukrop Park, this race provides a unique pool swim experience for triathlons – a 400m open water pool swim. All athletes will be in the pool within 25-minutes of the start gun. There is an additional 25yd warm-up pool for those who wish to warm up prior to their wave start!  Follow the swim with a 20k bike, 5k run, and a breakfast feast!

The Richmond Triathlon Club pulls out all the stops and puts on a great event that you will want to bring friends and family with you to race or watch. All athletes receive a Tri-Blend Race Shirt, Custom Race Socks, and a shot at a super cool, RTC themed Finisher’s Medal.  Plus, you’ll enjoy a DJ-hosted, signature RTC post-race breakfast feast.

Location: Swim RVA, 5050 Ridgedale Parkway, Richmond, VA 23234

Eligibility: Click here for rules, categories, and qualifying requirements. NOTE: A novice category is available.

Cost: Click here for pricing details.

Online Registration Information


April 29, 2018
RRRC Carytown 10K
Richmond Road Runners Club’s Carytown 10K is a flat, fast, and certified (VA09019RT) down Cary Street and Grove Avenue. The race starts and finishes at Cary Court in Carytown and features a FREE Kids Run (1/4 mile) before the 10K starts.

RRRC Carytown 10K has been designated as a State Championship Event by Road Runners Club of America. There will be RRCA Championship Awards for the Open, Masters, Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters male and female winners. For more information about RRCA’s Championship Event Series, click here.

Location: Cary Court, 3144 W Cary St,, Richmond, VA 23221

Eligibility: Age divisions are Open Division (any age), Masters Division (40-49 on race day), and Veterans Division (age 50 and over on race day).

Cost: $32 until April 26. Kids Fun Run is free.

Online Registration Information


May 5, 2018
CASA Superhero Run
This spring hundreds of caring people will come together as a league of superheroes – including family members, friends, professionals, and community and business leaders – to help make a difference in the lives of abused and neglected children and to increase awareness of the challenges they face on a daily basis.

Enjoy entertainment, refreshments, and fun for the whole family. St. Joseph’s Villa offers a flat and fast 5K course, which accommodates all levels of expertise. Costumes are not required – but they certainly make everything a lot more fun! Plus, sign up by April 15 to get a custom-designed t-shirt.

Children ten and under can participate in the Kids’ Race.  Parents are welcome to join their children in the Kids’ Race without registering and children five and under are welcome to join their parents in the 5K race without registering.  A child who is registered with a race number is entitled to unlimited trips to all family fun activities including bounces, games with prizes, and other child-friendly activities.  Activity Wristbands can be purchased for non-registered children.

Location: St Joseph’s Villa, 8000 Brook Rd, Richmond, VA 23227

Eligibility: All ages are welcome to run or walk.

Kids Run (10 and under) – $15 before April 1; $20 before May 1; $25 May 2 – 5
5K Child (10 and under) – $20 before April 1; $25 before May 1; $30 May 2 – 5
5K (11 – adult) – $25 before April 1; $30 before May 1; $35 May 2 – 5

Online Registration Information


May 5, 2018
Uncorked Half & 5k
Escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and discover the nearby Virginia countryside as you run, unwind, and uncork an experience all about you! New Kent Winery serves as the perfect backdrop for a race more focused on pampering than pacing, whether you choose the half marathon or the 5k. As soon as you cross the finish line, the lesson in luxury begins. Treat yourself to a post-race massage, deluxe brunch package, and, of course, award-winning wine–hey, you’ve earned it!

All participants will receive race extras like a complimentary wine glass, a metal wine stopper, and a glass of wine, as well as t-shirt options, a post-race party and more!

Location: New Kent Winery, 8400 Old Church Road, New Kent, VA 23124

Eligibility: The Uncorked Half is limited to 650 participants and the 5k is limited to 500 participants. Sign up soon!

Uncorked Half – $95 until April 17; $105 until May 3; $115 walk-up registration (unless filled)
Uncorked 5K – $40 until April 17; $45 until May 3; $55 walk-up registration (unless filled)

Online Registration Information


May 5, 2018
Prince George Hometown Heroes 5k and Little Hero Fun Run 
The Prince George County Hometown Heroes 5k and Little Hero Feet Meet One-Mile Fun Run honors Prince George Heroes – the men and women in the military, police, fire, and EMS who protect our communities and country every day. Hometown Hero 5K and Fun Run proceeds will be donated to five local scholarships awarded to Prince George students. The 5k race will be held on Saturday, May 5th at 9:00am, and the Little Hero Feet Meet will begin at 10:30am. Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers, first place male and female Masters, and top three finishers in each age group. Following the races, be sure to stick around for awards, games, activities, music, and more.

Location: Scott Park, 6680 Courthouse Rd, Prince George, VA 23875

Eligibility: Age groups are divided by 10 & under, 11-14 years, 15-18 years, 19-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years, 50-59  years, and 60 years & over.

Cost: $20

Online Registration Information


May 6, 2018
Full Circle’s Round Up The Family 5K and Fun Run
Get ready to get active in this year’s Round Up The Family 5K and Fun Run on Sunday, May 6th at Deep Run Park. This outdoor event, hosted by Full Circle Grief Center, is focused on bringing families together while getting active! Plus, back this year – form a team! Gather a group of family members, friends, coworkers, etc. and run/walk in memory of someone or in support of Full Circle.

Families can participate in a 1K fun run, a 5K walk/run, field games, crafts, and more. Registration opens at 8:30 am, with warm-ups starting at 9:15 am. The fun run starts at 9:30 am and the 5k at 10:00 am. Children and family activities will be taking place until noon.

Location: Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy, Richmond, VA 23233

Eligibility: Everyone is welcome!

Cost: $10 for the Fun Run; $20 for the 5K

Online Registration Information


May 6, 2018
Woolridge Wildcat 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run
The Woolridge Elementary School PTA is happy to announce the return of the Woolridge Wildcat 5K and 1 Mile Fun Run! The day consists of a one-mile Fun Run around the Woolridge campus followed by a 5K through the trails of the Woodlake Community.  Both races end on the Woolridge campus and are followed by an awards ceremony and post-race party. The party features a DJ, activities for the kids, booths by our sponsors, and the Kona Ice Truck!

Proceeds from the race will support the Woolridge PTA, which helps to fund projects each year to support the school’s educational community. This year, the funds raised will help to support the revitalization of the two outdoor courtyards as usable outdoor learning spaces. Remaining funds will continue to support health and wellness programs, staff conference sponsorships, technology programming, children’s engineering programs, student recognition, and grade level support.

Location: Woolridge Elementary School, 5401 Timber Bluff Pkwy, Midlothian, VA 23112

Eligibility: All runners and walkers are welcome

1 Mile Kids Fun Run (Under Age 12) –  $12 until April 27; $15 after April 27
Wildcat 5K Child (Under Age 12) –  $20 until April 27; $25 after April 27
Wildcat 5K Adult (Ages 13+) – $25 until April 27; $30 after April 27

Online Registration Information


May 12, 2018
5K for K-9s
Join Friends of Richmond K-9 for this family- and dog-friendly 5K run/walk to support the Richmond Police K-9 Unit! There will be vendor tables and light food and drink.  Following the race, the K-9 Unit will perform a demo with their patrol and drug dogs.  All proceeds go to nonprofit group Friends of Richmond K-9 to help our Richmond Police K-9 Unit.

Race participants will receive a t-shirt, a medal, and a Friends of Richmond K-9 sports bag. Trophies will be awarded to the top three male and female finishers. First place male and female winners will each receive a gift certificate to Richmond’s famous Sunday Brunch for two at The Jefferson. Register by April 21, 2018, at noon to guarantee a t-shirt in your size!

Dogs are allowed with owner under the following conditions: Dog must be friendly, well behaved and under owners control at all times. Dog must be up to date on shots. Dog must be on 6′ non-retractable leash. We ask that runners with dogs start near the back of the pack at beginning of the race for the safety of all runners and dogs. Owners must bring own bags to clean up after dog if necessary.

Location: Byrd Park, 600 South Boulevard, Richmond, VA 23220

Eligibility: Age groups are divided by 14 and under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60 and over. Runners and walkers are both welcome. Strollers are welcome and children under 5 may participate for free. Children 6 and over must pay a registration fee and have a race bib.

Cost: $29

Online Registration Information


May 12, 2018
Cosby Band on the Run
Join the Cosby High School Band for an early morning 5K run (or walk) beginning on the 50-yard line at Cosby High School’s football field, winding through the Fox Club area and ending back on the 50-yard line. The race will be accompanied by music from the Cosby Pep Band and others, cheering you on for a great cause! All profits go to the Earl E. Shaffer, Jr. Scholarship Fund which provides annual scholarships to outstanding senior band students.

Location: Cosby High School, 14300 Fox Club Pkwy, Midlothian, VA 23112

Eligibility: All runners and walkers are welcome

Cost: $30 before April 15

Online Registration Information


May 12, 2018
The Great Inflatable Race
The Great Inflatable Race is like no other race you’ve ever run – or bounced your way through!  The first of its kind, the Great Inflatable Race is an all inflatable obstacle fun run that uses giant inflatables spread throughout the running course. Start the race climbing over inflatables, then race your friends and family to the next inflatable obstacle. This bouncy course contains between anywhere from eight to ten massive inflatables, allowing you to bounce, bump, and slide your way to the finish line! Finish the race with a perfect photo op on the final inflatable, and after a refreshing drink and a small breather, get your second wind at the Inflatable Village. See the Inflatable Village page to see what the after party is all about!

Your whole family will enjoy this amazing family-friendly run. Participants will receive a t-shirt and other giveaways with the option to upgrade to a VIP package.

Location: The Meadow Event Park, 13048 Dawn Blvd, Doswell, VA 23047

Eligibility: Fun for the whole family!

Cost: VIP $90; Regular $75. Special discounts are available for a limited time!

Online Registration Information


May 12, 2018
Lupus in Color Family Fun Run and Nature Walk
This family-friendly two-mile fun run/walk through RF&P Park helps to support Lupus In Color. All proceeds go to assist lupus warriors with payments for medicines, infusion sets and other fees associated with having lupus.

Lupus In Color has been created to cater to the needs of men, women, and children of all colors of the rainbow suffering or indirectly affected by lupus. Based out of Henrico, Virginia, Lupus In Color is assisting lupus warriors throughout the Richmond, Virginia area and beyond. The main goal of Lupus In Color is to give hope, love, encouragement, positive support, and exemplary empowered awareness and advocacy.

Location: RF&P Park, 3400 Mountain Rd, Glen Allen, VA 23060

Eligibility: Everyone is welcome

Cost: $30/Family; $15/Individual; $10/T-shirts

Online Registration Information


May 12, 2018
Young Life Richmond West End Camp Fundraiser 5K
Support the Young Life Richmond West End chapter as they join together for a fun-filled 5K to raise money to send a deserving kid to Young Life Camp! This event is open to the community, including Friend of Young Life, college students, and all runners in the Richmond area. Be sure to sign up by April 16th to guarantee a race t-shirt!

Location: Innsbrook Stage at Innsbrook, 4951 Lake Brook Drive, Glen Allen, VA

Eligibility: Everyone is welcome

Cost: $30

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May 18-20, 2018
2018 dART: A Mural Scavenger Hunt Around RVA
This race with a twist will keep you entertained for days…literally. With three days in which to find 16 murals around Richmond, you will have the scavenger hunt of your life. You’ll be given clues at packet pick-up, then you’ll have the weekend to “race” other competitors on bike or foot to find as many murals on the list as possible. Be sure to stop by local businesses for additional help or special prizes. Once you find a mural, take a picture following the competition rules (the more selfies the better!), then submit your “results” by Monday, May 21. Take on the challenge solo or form a team – just remember that everyone must register. Entry fees include a set of clues, an event t-shirt, post-event beer or soda, and a free concert. dART is part of the Dominion Energy Riverrock Festival.

Location: All over Richmond!

Eligibility: All registered entrants are eligible to participate

Cost: $15 until May 16; $20 May 17-20; $20 for on-site registration May 18-20

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May 18-20, 2018
With a wide variety of trail running events at this year’s Riverrock Festival, it’s easy to find a new challenge every day. Or just pick your favorite and go with it! To register, find out costs, or get more details about any of the events, click on the event links below:

Friday, May 18, 2018
Filthy 5K-ish Mud Run (Un-timed): The event that kicks off Dominion Energy Riverrock with some down and dirty fun. It’s not just a trail run with rugged terrain! Be prepared to climb, crawl and leap over other natural obstacles along the course.

Friday, May 18, 2018
Belle Isle Blitz:  New Event! Chip timed trail 5K-ish with a similar course as the Filthy 5K-ish but no mud pit so you can spend your time focusing on the trails! Less actual mud not guaranteed

Saturday, May 19, 2018
James River Scramble:  During your 6ish mile trail run you’ll get to experience firsthand some of RVA’s best outdoor gems including the Canal Walk, the James River Park System, Belle Isle, and the Floodwall.

Sunday, May 20, 2018
Bust the Banks Half Marathon:  Prepare to take on Richmond’s urban single track system on foot. It’ll be gritty, and it’s gonna be dirty, but it’s not an event you want to miss. Dodge tree limbs, climb banks, coast downhill, and navigate to the finish. Run the banks alongside rapids, rocks, and see some amazing views of the city skyline.

Saturday, May 19 and Sunday, May 20
Trail Takedown:  Take on the challenge of completing 19+ trail miles over the course of the weekend, with the James River Scramble on Saturday, May 19, at 9am and Bust the Banks Half Marathon on Sunday, May 20, at 8am!

Friday, May 18, Saturday, May 19, and Sunday, May 20
Trail Trio: New Event Challenge!  Take on the ultimate trail challenge of completing 3 running events in as many days, with the Belle Isle Blitz (5K-ish) on Friday, May 18, at 7:15pm, the James River Scramble on Saturday, May 19, at 9am, and Bust the Banks Half Marathon on Sunday, May 20, at 8am!


May 19, 2018
River Rumble: Run, Paddle, Bike at Dominion Riverrock
See if you have what it takes to run, paddle, and bike all in one day. If you think you do, then you can prove it by competing in the River Rumble, an event that challenges you to take on the James River Scramble, the Sierra Nevada Down River Paddle, and the 20-mile Urban Assault mountain bike course – back-to-back. One male and one female will come out on top as the River Rumble Champion. Receive $5 off your total price when you register for the River Rumble. All participants will receive an event t-shirt, post-race beer or soda, and a free concert – not to mention serious bragging rights!

Location: Various locations. See event description for details.

Eligibility: Must be at least 14 years old to participate.

Cost: $107 through April 30; $120 through May 16; $140 May 17 – 19; $140 for on-site registration May 18 and May 19

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May 20, 2018
Adventure Race at Dominion Energy Riverrock
Test your physical and mental abilities in this four-hour race as you navigate through the greater Richmond area – without knowing the race course! This multi-sport event tests speed and teamwork, as well as your ability to read a map and compass, to make the right decisions, and to endure on a course designed by Richmond ASR (2014 USARA Open Division National Champions). Spend four hours riding, running, and paddling from an undisclosed start line to the finish line in the middle of Dominion Energy Riverrock. Registration fees include paddling gear for race day (boats, PFDs and paddles), an event t-shirt, post-race beer or soda, and a free concert.

Location: Downtown Richmond

Eligibility: Must be a minimum of 12 years old to participate. Participate in teams of 2, 3 or 4. If you want to race solo you must first be vetted by the race directors in order to ensure the safety of all racers. If you would like to race solo please e-mail See all other rules here.

Cost: $80 through April 30; $90 through May 16. No race day registration.

Online Registration Information


May 19, 2018
CSES 2018 Dolphin Dash: One-Mile Fun Run and 5K
Cool Spring Elementary’s Dolphin Dash offers something for everyone! Take part in the One-Mile Fun Run to walk, jog, or run with friends and family just for fun. Or join in for the professionally chip-timed 5K. The races will take place on the field between Cool Spring Elementary School and Chickahominy Middle School. And, of course, don’t forget the Dress Up – n- Run Contest!

Be sure to stick around after your run for fun family activities, including food, music, door prizes, a bounce house, a health fair, and more! Please email questions to

Location: Cool Springs Elementary School, 9964 Honey Meadows Road, Mechanicsville, VA 23116

Eligibility: Everyone is welcome

Cost: Fun Run – $15; 5K – $20

Online Registration Information


May 19, 2018
Emotions in Motion 5K and Fun Run
Emotions in Motion 5K Run/Walk for Mental Health is a family-friendly event featuring a 5K run/Walk and Kids Fun Run at Pocahontas State Park. This event is being created out of love and hope honors the memory of Sergeant Stephen Nathanael Kistner, an avid runner. Funds raised from this event will be donated to SAVE (Suicide Awareness Voices of Education), a Minnesota (Bloomington) based organization.

The SAVE 5K Run/Walk event is all about having fun with friends and family while glowing on the course. You can run, walk, crawl or dance if you wish. We suggest self-timing for anyone desiring a finish time. Refreshments will be served after the run!

Location: Pocahontas State Park (Upper Course), 10301 State Park Road, Chesterfield, VA

Eligibility: All runners and walkers are welcome

Cost: $10 for registration; $7 parking at the park.

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May 26, 2018
Hopewell Optimist 5K Run/Walk for Childhood Cancer
Join the Tri-Cities Road Runners as they do their part of fight childhood cancer. The TCRR serves the running community in Petersburg, Hopewell, Colonial Heights, and the surrounding areas such as Prince George County, Dinwiddie County, and Chesterfield County. This upcoming event will bring the running community together for a cause. Awards will be given to the top three male and female overall finishers, first place male and female Masters and top three finishers in each age group. Refreshments will be served to all entrants. Don’t miss your chance to be part of this great event!

Location: Behind Hopewell’s Beacon Theater, 401 N Main St, Hopewell, VA 23860

Eligibility: Age groups are divided by 9 and under, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

Cost: $25

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May 26, 2018
Virginia War Memorial TGA 5K: They Gave All
Memorial Day is a day we set aside to pay extra tribute to all who have died in service to our country. This annual 5K race encourages all participants to remember the service and sacrifice of these brave men and women. Join the Virginia War Memorial as they host their 7th Annual 5K race, the T.G.A. 5K., presented by Priority Automotive.

The T.G.A. 5K serves as one of the most important annual fundraisers hosted by the War Memorial.  Funds raised ensure the continuation of the memorial’s mission to Honor Veterans, Preserve History, Educate Youth, and Inspire Patriotism in All.

The 5K course runs through some of the most scenic parts of Richmond, including Hollywood Cemetery, and along the city skyline viewing the James River.

Location: Virginia War Memorial, 621 S. Belvidere Street, Richmond, VA 23220

Eligibility: Everyone is welcome

Cost: 5K Run/Walk – $25 or $20/military; Kids Fun Run (ages 3-12) – Free; “Bead Head Runner” (do not have to participate, but will still receive an event shirt) – $35 or $30/military

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May 27, 2018
Stratford Hills 10K
Join the Richmond Road Runners Club for one of their most time-honored races. 2018 marks the 39th year for the Stratford Hills 10K. The out-and-back course starts with a mile downhill, follows roads along the scenic James River, and ends with the mile uphill to the start/finish area. The race will be timed by the Richmond Road Runners Club. Results will be posted on online on the RRRC website.

Location: Stratford Hills Shopping Center, 6798 Forest Hill Ave, Richmond, VA 23225

Eligibility: Participants must be 6 years or older. No baby joggers, baby strollers, animals on leash, skateboards, inline or roller skates, or bicycles will be allowed on the course.

Cost: $10 for RRRC members; $15 for non-member; $20 for race day registration

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June 2 – 3, 2018
Run and Ride Race Series at King’s Dominion
If Kings Dominion is involved, then you know it’s going to be fun! Head out to KD with friends or family on June 2 and/or June 3 to catch all of your favorite thrill rides like the brand-new Twisted Timbers and take part in your choice of a half marathon, quarter-marathon (6.5 miles), 5K, or one-mile races with the Run & Ride Race Series!  Best of all, when you take part in any of these races, you’ll also be guaranteed a chance to enjoy all the park has to offer before any other thrillseekers get to walk through the gates. Plus, participants will enjoy some fabulous swag–a ticket to the park!

Want to bring a cheering section along? Check out Friends & Family Tickets for a link to discounted park tickets for race weekend.

Location: Kings Dominion, 16000 Theme Park Way, Doswell, VA 23047

Eligibility: See individual events to determine eligibility.

Cost: Click here to see costs.

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June 2, 2018
Spring Run Elementary Huskies 5K and Kids Fun Run
This will be Spring Run Elementary’s fifth annual 5K and Fun Run. Over the last five years, this event has raised tens of thousands of dollars to help pay for student’s medical costs, to aid school families who lost children to an illness, to enhance STEAM labs, and more. This year, they will be raising funds to improve their playground and create a better student experience for everyone. Join in on this fun-filled run and help Spring Run Elementary continue its legacy of generosity and community support.

Location: Spring Run Elementary, 13901 Spring Run Rd, Midlothian, VA 23112

Eligibility: Everyone is welcome

Cost:  $30 for 11 years and above by May 31; $20 for under 11 years by May 31; Fun Run: $20 by May 31; on-site/ race day registration, add $5

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June 2, 2018
The Sophie House 5K
The Sophie House 5K is back for another fantastic year. This family-friendly event is perfect for all ages. The 5K will starts and ends at Shady Grove UMC with an out and back course through Twin Hickory and right past The Sophie House Community Center! Get your friends and family together and join/create a team – group fundraising is highly encouraged!

Join in for The Sophie House 5K to make a difference for single women and single moms in the Richmond Area! All proceeds will benefit The Sophie House so they can continue to provide supportive services and help to women trying to create a safe secure home for themselves and their family.

Location: Shady Grove United Methodist Church, 4825 Pouncey Tract Road, Glen Allen, 2305

Eligibility: Everyone is welcome

Cost: $25 through May 15; $30 after May 15 and for walk-up registration

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June 6, 2018
The Big Run by Fleet Feet
In 2017, 12,000 runners across the country participated in the first-ever Fleet Feet nationwide 5k, “The Big Run,” on Global Running Day. And now, The Big Run is back…and bigger than ever.

On Wednesday, June 6, Fleet Feet Richmond will be hosting a certified, timed 5k race at Deep Run Park. All proceeds will benefit the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation and Kids Run RVA.

All results from certified timed 5k races will funnel up into a national leaderboard to determine and reward the overall fastest runners and age groupers in the country with amazing cash prizes. However, Fleet Feet welcomes and celebrates runners of all abilities and levels, and will be recognizing special runners with rewards, including:

  • Common Ground: Finish at the most common finish time for The Big Run and be entered into a drawing for something BIG!
  • Middle of the Pack: The male and female who finish in the exact middle of all The Big Run results will receive special recognition.
  • Social Butterflies: The two people with the most engaged social media posts from The Big Run will be thanked with special prizes.

Location: Deep Run Park, 9900 Ridgefield Pkwy, Henrico, VA 23233

Eligibility: Fleet Feet welcomes runners all of abilities and levels

Cost: $25

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June 7, 2018
Anthem Corporate Run
Everyone loves a good work happy hour…so you might as well join in for the biggest one in all of Richmond! Get the workplace rivalries stirring by challenging your coworkers or even your industry rivals to an after-hours 5K. The race will be followed by an epic “work” party, complete with beer, wine, a live DJ and more! Run, walk, unwind, network, and have fun with workplace friends at the Anthem Corporate Run!

Location: Innsbrook Office Park, 5000 Dominion Blvd., Glen Allen, VA 23060

Eligibility: Coworkers, rivals, and professional from everywhere are welcome

Cost: $30 through April 30; $40 through May 31; $50 for walk-up registration June 6 – 7

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June 9, 2017
The Boxer Brief 5K Run/Walk
The Boxer Brief 5K Run/Walk is a family-friendly event designed to raise the community’s level of awareness regarding colorectal cancer while also offering education to help prevent and stop our country’s second cancer killer in men and women. In addition to the 5K event, there will be a free ‘dash” for children 8 and under prior to the race. Be sure to stick around after the race of a fun-filled day of music, corn hole, balloon art, and prizes for the age-group winners. In addition to supporting a great cause, you and your family can enjoy a fun and entertaining event for the entire family. Contact for questions, comments or to discuss sponsorship levels.

Location: Stony Point Fashion Park, 9200 Stony Point Parkway, Richmond, VA 23235

Eligibility: All runners and walkers are welcome

Cost: $35

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June 9 and 10, 2018
Tough Mudder Richmond
As one of the premier “Mud Obstacle” races in the nation, Richmond is excited to welcome the Tough Mudder for another year. In 2018, they will be featuring an all-new course at the Meadow Event Park with two days of racing to choose from. This year’s course promises all of the mud, teamwork, and grit the Mudder mission has become known for. Whether you’re an old pro or a first-timer, brace yourself for a challenge – and the time of your life.

The 2018 course features 10 miles with 20+ obstacles, so if you think you can handle it, Tough Mudder Virginia is waiting.

Location: Meadow Event Park, 13048 Dawn Blvd, Doswell, VA 23047

Eligibility: All participating minors need a chaperone that is 18 or older and also participating in the event.

Cost: $145. Click here to check on current specials.

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June 13, 2018
RVA Elite 5K
Hosted by the Collegiate Running Association, the RVA Elite 5K invites you to race a 5K on the fastest course there available – a track! This event began in 2017 with the intent of gathering the strongest runners, both men and women, in the Greater Richmond area, and offering them a chance to run their FASTEST 5K yet.

This year’s event will be held at the University of Richmond track and men and women will race together. Timing and officiating will be provided by University of Richmond coach and CRA co-founder Jon Molz. The race is free and open to all that want to compete. However, beginners and those looking for a “fun run” experience are advised of the nature of this event. This is a high end, no-frills, track meet style competition. Click here to see last year’s times and stats.

No advance registration is necessary. A table will be set up for race day registration near the entrance to the Robins Stadium. Results will be posted online and emailed to competitors after the event.

Location: Robins Stadium at UR, 23 Boatwright Drive, Richmond, VA 23173

Eligibility: Not suitable for beginners or those looking for more casual runs.

Cost: FREE

**Registration is not needed


June 16, 2018
Twilight Delightfully Different 3.5 Miler
Join the Tri-Cities Road Runners for a “delightfully different” race! This family-friendly event takes place at 7:15pm, offering a unique race environment. The 3.5-mile course offers a flat loop that starts and finishes at Richard Bland College on the track. A free children’s event will be held at 5:45.

All proceeds from this run will benefit Richard Bland College, Carson Volunteer Fire Department, and Southside Virginia Emergency Crew.

Location: Richmond Bland College, 11301 Johnson Road, Petersburg, VA 23805

Eligibility: All runners are welcome

Cost: $20 before June 7; $17 for first responders before June 8; kids’ events (14 and under) are free.

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June 17, 2018
RRRC Thanks Dad 5K and Kids Run
The Richmond Road Runners Club Thanks Dad 5K is a special Father’s Day run that highlights the special relationship between fathers and grandfathers and their sons/daughters and grandsons/granddaughters.

This run was created in memory of Pete Neal who served as the Richmond Road Runners Club’s Coordinator of Volunteers before losing his battle to multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Pete’s father was also a runner and Pete passed on his family legacy of athletics to his daughter, Rebekah, and his son, Jacob. Along with Jacob, Pete was determined to run a marathon in each of the 50 states. Despite severe medical issues, they managed to finish 21 marathons in 18 states before Pete’s death in August 2014. Celebrate this Father’s Day by running as a team with your dad or granddad!

The Kids Run is at 9:30 AM in the parking area of MillWorks at the Green. The Kids Run is FREE, but all participants must be registered. The distance will be no greater than ¼ mile, and fathers and grandfathers may run with their children/grandchildren. All children will receive a prize for participating. Refreshments will be available after the race and t-shirts will be provided for the first 300 registrants (by June 4). There are special awards for the top finishing teams.

This is a dog friendly event. Runners with a single dog on a leash are permitted, however, it is asked that you start at the rear of the starting corral if you are running with a dog.

Location: The Urban Farmhouse Market & Café, 13872 Coalfield Commons Place, Midlothian, VA 23112

Eligibility: Runners must be 5 years or older to participate in the 5K.

Cost: $20/individual before June 3; $15/team member before June 3; Kids’ event participants are free

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June 22-23, 2018
Ragnar Run Bike Relay
Challenge yourself to the limit in this overnight relay race. Create teams of four or two (or compete solo) to cover approximately 120 miles of trail between Richmond and Jamestown and back on a bike and on foot. While one of your team members is on the course, the rest of your team will drive ahead to the next transition zone to wait for your teammate to finish. There will be a total of 12 segments, which will include six running and six biking legs. The running segments range in length from four miles to six miles, mainly on dirt trails. Biking segments range from 13 miles to 20 miles take place on paved trails. Each team member must complete at least three sections of the course, but in any order that they choose. This event benefits the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation (VCTF).

Location: (Start) City Stadium, 3201 Maplewood Ave, Richmond, VA 23221

Eligibility: Must be 16+ to compete. See more rules and event details here

Cost: Cost varies according to team size. Click here to see pricing tiers.

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June 24, 2018
Robius Landing Triathlon by Go To Eleven Racing
Richmond’s favorite summer triathlon is back for its 12th year! This exciting and challenging event is held at the scenic Robious Landing Park on the James River. Participants will swim 650m straight downriver, bike 18.8 miles, and run 5K through the park trails and the adjacent neighborhood. Considered one of the best courses for first timer’s, the swim portion lets you swim in open water downstream with the current. The bike portion offers an “L” shaped course with a few rolling hills and one good climb. And the run is fun and unique, offering 70% trails that parallel the river in parts and are mostly flat with some short grades and plenty of shade.

Race categories include individual, relay (run as a team), Clydesdale (optional category for men over 220lbs), Athena (optional category for women over 165lbs), and aquabike (swim & bike only, no run) divisions.

Proceeds benefit the Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation — a beacon of hope for those who are affected by teenage mental illness.

Location: Robius Landing Park, 3800 James River Rd, Midlothian, VA 23113

Eligibility: First-time competitors, as well as experienced competitors

Cost: Pricing varies by category. Click here to see the pricing tiers.

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