RRRC Thanks Dad 5K

In-person race Sunday, June 19th - Virtual Race June 17th-20th Midlothian, VA 23112 US Directions
RRRC Members $5 off

RRRC Thanks Dad 5K - Individual

06/19 8:00AM EDT
Open to ages 5+.
RRRC Members $5 off

RRRC Thanks Dad 5K - Team

06/19 8:00AM EDT
Open to ages 5+.

Kids Run

06/19 9:00AM EDT
Open to ages 2 - 10.
RRRC Members $5 off

RRRC Thanks Dad 5K - Virtual

Open to ages 5+.

The Richmond Road Runners Club's Thanks Dad 5K is designed as a Father’s Day run to highlight the special relationship between fathers and grandfathers and their sons/daughters and grandsons/granddaughters. The Thanks Dad 5K was created in memory of Pete Neal, who served as the Richmond Road Runners Club’s coordinator of volunteers before succumbing to the ravages of multiple myeloma, a form of blood cancer. Pete’s own father was a runner, and Pete passed on that love of athletics to his daughter Rebekah and son Jacob. With Jacob he 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. 

The Thanks Dad 5k is an annual Richmond Road Runners Club event that, for 2022, will offer both an in-person and a virtual option for running or walking.

The in-person Thanks Dad 5K will be on Sunday, June 19th (Father's Day). The race starts and finishes at the Urban Farmhouse in The Millworks in Midlothian. 

The Virtual Thanks Dad 5K will allow you to run when, where, and with whom you please on Sunday, June 19th (Father's Day). You may post your results between Friday, June 17 and Monday, June 20. 

Both events are RRRC Grand Prix (GP) events for 2022. RRRC GP participants receive a race point for posting a time for either event. RRRC GP participants in the in-person race will receive place points based on overall and/or age group finish times.  

NOTE: Details provided below about packet pick up and race day activities are tentative and subject to change. Registered participants will receive updated information a few days before the race.



Registration Fees & Rules

For this year's Thanks Dad 5K, you can register as part of a team or as an individual runner. There is also a virtual individual option!


  • All teams must have at least one registered adult (age 21 or older) team member.
  • There will be awards for the top team finishers: first parent/son, first parent/daughter, first parent/multiple children

Individual Runners:

  • Individual runners will compete only with other individual runners for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place male overall and female overall, as well as for place in standard age groups.

Runners must be 5 years old or older to participate in this 5K road race.

Registration Fees

In-person until Sunday, June 19th @ 7:59 AM

  • Individual: $15.00 for RRRC member; $20.00 for a non-member; plus processing fee
  • Team Member: $15.00 for RRRC member; $20.00 for a non-member; plus processing fee
  • Youth Pricing: for all runners 5-12 years of age, the price is $5 plus processing fee for any category

Virtual Race registration through Sunday, June 19 at 11:59pm

  • Individual: $15.00 for RRRC member; $20.00 for a non-member; plus processing fee

Refund Policy

Registrants for the in-person Thanks Dad 5K may transfer to the virtual Thanks Dad 5K at no-cost through Saturday, June 18, 2022. To request a transfer to the virtual race, log into your RunSignup account, find Thanks Dad 5K under your Upcoming Races, and click "Manage Registration." 

If the in-person Thanks Dad 5K must be cancelled, there will be no refunds. All registered runners will be transferred to the virtual Thanks Dad 5K.

There are no refund options for registrants for the virtual Thanks Dad 5K.

All entry fees and processing fees are non-transferable. Registrations cannot be deferred to a later race. Bib numbers are not transferrable. In the event of postponements or cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, there will be no refunds.

Team SignUp Info

During registration, click "Create New Team" and select your team name. Password is optional.

Your teammate(s) can register during the same transaction or in a separate transaction. If registering in a separate transaction, they click "Join an Existing Team." Make sure that they know your team's name (and the password if you opted to set one).

The Urban Farmhouse Market & Cafe
13872 Coalfield Commons Place
Midlothian, VA US 23112
Giveaway, Awards and Post-Race Refreshments

Race Shirts (in-person and virtual races)

  • Race shirts are guaranteed to runners who register before May 25 at 11:59 PM, but we can’t guarantee that you will get the perfect size, color or fit of shirt.
  • A runner who registers after May 26 will not get a shirt at packet pick up. You may be able to get an unclaimed race shirt after the conclusion of the in-person race, while the supply of different size shirts lasts.
  • Registrants for the virtual 5K may pick up their race shirts at packet pick up on Saturday, June 18 or may pay to have their shirt mailed to them.

Awards, sponsored by Lucky Road Run Shop (in-person race only)

  • There will be awards for top finishers: first, second and third place male and female overall; and top masters male and female.
  • There will be awards for the top team finishers: first parent/son, first parent/daughter, first parent/multiple children
  • All awards will be based on chip time.
  • There will be random giveaways drawn
  • There will be no awards ceremony after the race. All awards will be mailed after the event.

There will be post-race refreshments.

Free Kids Run

The Kids Run (for children ages 2-10) is at 9:00 AM in the parking area of the Mill Works 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 finishing the run will receive a finisher's medal.

Packet Pickup
Packet pickup will be on:
  • Saturday June 18, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Lucky Road Run Midlothian, 13265 Rittenhouse Dr, Midlothian, VA 23112
  • Sunday June 19, 7:00 AM - 7:45 AM @ Urban Farmhouse Market & Café 
You also have the option to purchase shipping for your shirt. Use manage your race registration from the race in your RunSignup profile and select Add On. The deadline for adding on shipping is Tuesday, June 14. 
Course & Course Rules

The 5K (3.1 miles) race starts at 8:00 AM at The Urban Farmhouse Market & Café at 13872 Coalfield Commons Place, next to the Midlothian Library in the MillWorks at the Green. The course is rolling, following public roads through neighboring subdivisions and parts of Midlothian Mines Park and returning on North Woolridge Road to The Urban Farmhouse. There will be one water stop near the mid-point of the race.

This is a road race conducted under the rules of USATF and RRCA. In consideration of the safety of all participants, the following are not allowed on the course during the race: baby joggers, baby strollers, animals, skateboards, inline or roller skates, and bicyclesThe use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged at this race. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, RRRC encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the Thanks Dad 5K.


Race Directors

Eric Nachman & Allison May

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