A new race is coming to Richmond next March. On Thursday, April 13, representatives from Sports Backers and the University of Richmond announced the Virginia Credit Union River City Half and River City 5K.
The two races are set for Saturday, March 9, 2024. Pro runner and former American women’s marathon record holder Keira D’Amato said the timing was ideal to fill a gap in the training schedules of many racers.
Sports Backers Executive Director Jon Lugbill emphasized the scale of the River City Half as a way to show off city pride and build momentum for active living across the region.
Each River City race will start and finish on UR’s campus. The half marathon will loop runners on a scenic journey along the James River, across the Huguenot Bridge, around Pony Pasture, across the Nickel Bridge, through the Windsor Farms neighborhood, and back to UR’s Westhampton Lake.
5K participants will run along River Road, out and back on the Huguenot Bridge, and back to the lake.
At the announcement, D’Amato also teased future surprises for the race weekend. Look our for those to be revealed in the coming days.