Welcome Community Bridges Runners and Walkers!
I speak for President Ryan and our entire race committee when I say we can’t wait to host you on Saturday for this popular community event. On behalf of the University of Virginia and the Charlottesville Track Club, I thank you for being with us to celebrate this special occasion and wish you a safe and enjoyable run with Jim!
Please take a few moments to carefully read over the following tips and tidbits:
- Pre-race day packet pickup will be held this Friday from 4:00–7:00 P.M. at Aquatic & Fitness Center (AFC), 450 Whitehead Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904. Free parking available at Scott Stadium.
- If you or a friend cannot get over to AFC to pick up your race bags, you may pick them up on race morning from 6:30–7:30 A.M. at the Aquatic & Fitness Center (AFC), 450 Whitehead Rd, Charlottesville, VA 22904.
- FREE race day PARKING will be available at Scott Stadium. The closest lot to the race start is the one next to Rice Hall at the intersection of Stadium Road and Whitehead Road; there are a variety of easy-access approaches to this lot (see map).
- RESTROOMS will be available on race morning in the AFC and portapotties will be on Engineer’s Way, near Wilsdorf Hall, and on along Cabell Drive near Clark Hall. In addition, we will have 35 port-a-johns along Engineer’s Way and next to the starting line.
- The STARTING LINE is located at the UVA Amphitheater at 151 Amphitheater Way.
- We will begin lining you up for the start on at 7:45 A.M.
- You must wear your race number on your front and clearly visible, as that’s how the chip works.
- The COURSE will proceed through Central Grounds on McCormick and then head up Rugby Road to turn Right at Gordon Avenue. The course is quite challenging with steep uphill climbs at 8th Street, Wertland, and on the Corner as you're heading back. But, if you play your cards right by taking advantage of the many downhills, you can make up some serious time. The places to fly are down Gordon Avenue and all the way into the Westhaven neighborhood. And, to boot, there's a nice downhill to the finish on McCormick! (see map for details).
- When DESIGNING THE COURSE, our primary goal was to link the University with the bordering neighborhoods, in an effort to bridge the communities. President Ryan and the University are committed to strengthening the relationships with their neighbors. This event is a small, but symbolic, effort in staying true to that mission. You will pass over Beta Bridge while cruising up Rugby. Then over the Drewary Brown Bridge, named after one of our community’s most beloved civil rights leaders and activists, while heading up Main Street. And then, finally, over the Emmett Street Bridge as you finish back at Central Grounds. Once again, this community footrace will wind its way through the quaint streets of historic Westhaven and by the City of Promise and the City Garden (at the water stop). And of special note, you will pass through the tunnel under the railroad tracks at 8th street, which is also a thrill! We hope you enjoy this scenic tour of these iconic neighborhoods.
- You will be CHIP TIMED and there will be a special clock at the finish that will highlight your name, place, and time as you cross the line. Very cool!
- Thanks to our friends at the Charlottesville City and University Police Departments, plus the help of over 150 volunteers, including the entire UVA Track and Field team, you will be safely guided along this new community course.
- We will have a WATER STATION at about mile 1.5 in Westhaven.
- Dr. Wilder and his UVA Runner’s Clinic staff will kindly have the medical covered at the aid station at mile 1.5 and at the finish.
- Our friends at the City Fire Department will have a surprise waiting for you at the half mile mark and, then again, at 3 miles. Hint: Look up!
- The AWARDS CEREMONY will start at 9:00 A.M along Engineers Way. Over 100 age group prizes will be awarded in 17 five-year age groups, from 10 and younger all the way to 80 and over. We will also be presenting checks to our four wonderful beneficiaries at this time: AHIP (Albemarle Housing Improvement Program), Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, the Charlottesville Public Housing Association of Residents (PHAR) and the Piedmont Housing Alliance. All are local 501(c)3 nonprofit organizations that work to create affordable housing and are making an impact in our community.
With a Special Thanks to… RACE COMMITTEE members:
- Jon Bowen
- Nicole Brimer
- Anne Chapin
- Leah Connor
- Lisa Drake
- Christopher Easton
- Michael Goetz
- Pam Higgins
- Carol Keese
- Cristina Lopez-Gottardi Chao
- Audrey Lorenzoni
- Rose McDermott
- Ed Rivers
- Ellie Stoneking
- Ryan Taylor
- Matthew Weber
- Rick Willis
- Dr. Robert Wilder
- The Charlottesville Track Club
- Center for Nonprofit Excellence
- The Charlottesville City Police
- The University Police
- The Charlottesville Fire Department
- Blue Ridge Timing
- City of Promise
- The Westhaven and Venable neighborhoods
- Coach Vin Lananna and the UVA Track and Field team
- Facilities Management, the Office of Major Events, UVA Intramurals and all at UVA who helped us along the way