Held in conjunction with Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K, this one-mile race caters to kids—and lots of 'em. (In 2013,
1,585 children aged 5 to 12 participated.) Before the race, youngsters warm up
with such local mascots as WebstUR the Spider (University of Richmond) and
Rodney the Ram (Virginia Commonwealth University). The flat course starts and ends on the VCU campus, where
kids run through the same finish chute the grownups use, receiving medals.
"Close to two thousand kids participate," says organizer Jackie Stoneburner. "They're
so happy when they cross the finish line and high-five all the local mascots
who showed up to run with them. We're big believers that good health decisions
start during childhood, so this event is a great way for us to encourage
children to think about physical activity in a fun way."
Photo: Jesse Peters
Friday, February 21, 2014