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Join us for the seventh running of our annual Go Forth 5k and kids' run, this year in both in-person and virtual formats.
The in-person events will be on Saturday, September 18 at Deep Run Park: 8 a.m. for the kids' run and 8:30 for the Go Forth 5k walk/run. Virtual participants can join us anytime from Friday, September 17 to Monday, September 20.
Our proceeds will benefit the 2021-22 Annual Fund for Saint Mary's Catholic School. The Annual Fund supports operating expenses at Saint Mary's and helps keep tuition cost down.
"Go Forth" comes from the words we used to hear at the end of a Catholic mass: "Go forth to love and serve the Lord!" The Go Forth events are our way of starting off the school year with that direction in mind. In body and spirit, we'll celebrate our world, our community, and family fitness as a way to serve God and one another.
Here are a few routes that you might choose from. For the 5k, I am trying to pick locations that have a good start/finish where you can park, and routes that have sidewalks and are not too far from Saint Mary's. These are sourced from MapMyRun or USA Track and Field, and may be +/- 3.1 miles (5k) but will be close. For the Kids' Mile, feel free to run in your neighborhood or in a park nearby. You could also check middle and high school tracks that are near you to see if they are open to the public. Check back here for updated information, as I hope to list some open tracks as I confirm their availability.
Both Godwin High School and Deep Run High School tracks are closed for resurfacing projects as the moment, but I will update this info if that changes. I have calls in to a few other local high schools to see if their tracks are open to the public.
Benedictine Schools of Richmond's track is open after 5:45 p.m. on weekdays and as long as Saint Gertrude Gators or Benedictine Cadets aren't using it on weekends. St. Christopher's track is likewise open to the public as long as it's not in use by their students, so most weekdays after 6 p.m. and most anytime during weekends.
For the 5k, here are a couple routes not far from Saint Mary's:
The original 5k route at Deep Run Park:
Starting at the John Rolfe YMCA:
Starting at the Shady Grove YMCA:
Start at the YMCA.
Turn L onto Twin Hickory
Turn R onto Shady Grove
Turn R onto Nuckols
Turn L onto Twin Hickory
Back to the YMCA
The participant from farthest away (within the contiguous U.S.) will receive a $50 gift card from Fleet Feet Sports. There will be a prize for the farthest away outside the contiguous U.S. if we have some participants from overseas, too! There may be more prizes -- they just won't be based on time/speed -- check back for updated info.
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