Are you ready to actually make good on your New Year’s resolution to get more exercise?
Every year you make the resolution to go out and run more, and every year you decide it’s too cold and you’ll start later. Then you don’t. I know how it is!
Your problem is you don’t have a goal in mind. “Run every day” isn’t a goal, it’s a behavior. What you need is something to run for.
There are plenty of really fun, inexpensive races to set as a goal for your New Year’s resolution. Here are five really great races going on this year in the Richmond area that will give you something to work towards:
This one’s coming up really soon, but it’s only 5 miles. Organized by the Richmond Road Runners, this is a fun run through a little bit of subdivision and a little bit of scenic trail. Jog through the fantastic ruins at the Mid-Lothian Mines Park to enjoy a piece of Richmond-area history.
The race takes place on February 10, 2013 from 8:30am to 11:00 am. Registration is $15 for RRR members and $20 for non-members. You can register for the event through February 7.
The Monument Avenue 10K is one of Richmond’s premier races. Great for elite runners as well as walkers just looking to enjoy a nice day, this race is perfect for everyone.
Run (or walk) up historic Monument Avenue, starting in the middle of the VCU campus, heading up towards Willow Lawn then turning it around just past the 195 overpass. It’s a flat, fast course, and if you just want to take in the scenery, there’s a lot of that too.
Registration goes through April 8, and the event is Saturday, April 13. But register fast – it usually sells out several weeks before the race. Check out the website for more information and registration details.
Miller Lite Filthy 5K Mud Run
One of the most fun runs in Richmond is the Filthy 5K. If you’ve never done it, you don’t know how accurate its name is.
You start out on Brown’s Island, jog across the river, and then head down into the weeds. It’s all backwoods from there. The trail wends and winds over river rocks, through trails, and even ventures into the James River at one point.
Once you think you’re home free, you realize you have one more filthy challenge to overcome before you can claim your time. Just don’t dive in.
The race takes place on Friday, May 17th at 6:00pm. Head to the Dominion Riverrock website for more information!
Richmond is really hot in August, so if you want to get a race done during the summer you should check out the Moonlight 4-Miler.
The race starts at 7pm, so the term “moonlight” isn’t completely accurate. It’s a slightly hilly race, so it’ll be a bit more challenging than the Monument 10K. But, hey – you’ll have been running for 7 months by then so it’ll be a cakewalk, right?
If you think you’d like to do the Moonlight 4-Miler, mark your calendar for August 9. To register or read more, visit the Richmond Road Runners website.
Anthem Richmond Marathon
Finally, if you really want to kick it up a notch (and why not, after so much training) then you’ll want to register for the 36th running of the Anthem Richmond Marathon. The 26.2-mile course takes you from downtown Richmond across the river into Chesterfield then back again to finish on a downhill stretch.
If you aren’t up for a full marathon, there are also a half marathon, 8K, and a kids run happening on the same weekend. There’s almost no excuse not to participate in something this weekend!
Registration is currently open, and race day is November 16, 2013. Visit the race website to register!
You can find great races anywhere you are!
If you don’t live in Richmond, that’s OK! Do a quick search for 5K or 10K in your area. You’ll be greeted with many great events you can choose from.
So make your resolution to run more, find something to run for, and get out there!