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The RRRC Sweetheart 8K, presented by TowneBank, is an annual Richmond Road Runners Club event that for 2021 offers two options for Valentine's Day running or walking.
The Sweetheart 8K will be an in-person race on Sunday, February 14 (Valentine's Day) featuring a scenic 8K (5 mile) course through The Grove and Walton Park communities, historic Midlothian Coal Mine Park, and the surrounding roads and trails. The race starts and finishes at the Urban Farmhouse in The Millworks in Midlothian. Participation is capped at 225 runners. Please review our COVID-19 Procedures & Precautions. There is no kids run this year.
The Virtual Sweetheart 8K will allow you to run when, where, and with whom you please on Sunday, February 14 (Valentine's Day). You may post your results between Friday, Feb. 12 and Sunday, Feb. 21.
Both events are RRRC Grand Prix (GP) events for 2021. 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.
With the cancellation of the in-person race, registrants for the virtual and in-person Sweetheart 8K may pick up their race shirts (if you registered by January 31):
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, Feb. 16.
Join the Couples Challenge and run the 8K with your Sweetheart!
During registration, click "Yes" for the question "Would you like to join a Couple?" and follow the directions to "Create a New Couple." Your partner can register during the same transaction or in a separate transaction--just make sure he/she knows the right couple/team name.
There will be awards for the top "couple" finisher at the in-person Sweetheart 8K.
Runners must be 5 years old or older to participate in the 8K road race.
Youth Pricing: For all 8K runners 5-12 years of age, the price is $5 plus processing fee. Youth runners do not receive a race shirt, but may purchase a shirt (adult sizes only) for $8.00 during registration until January 31.
Any discounts will be applied at check out.
If race registrations for the in-person Sweetheart 8K reach the participant cap of 225 runners/walkers, you may sign up on the waitlist. Selection from the waitlist will be on a first-come, first-served basis, as spots become available.
Registrants for the in-person Sweetheart 8K may request a partial refund and withdraw from the race before Sunday, February 7, 2021 @ 11:59 PM. Refunds will be 75% of the registration fee for those withdrawing before February 1, 2021 and 50% of the registration fee for those withdrawing after that date. To request a refund, log into your RunSignup account, find Sweetheart 8K under your Upcoming Races, and click "Manage Registration."
Registrants for the in-person Sweetheart 8K may also transfer to the virtual Sweetheart 8K at no-cost through Friday, February 12, 2021.
If the in-person Sweetheart 8K must be cancelled, there will be no refunds. All registered runners will be transferred to the virtual Sweetheart 8K.
There are no refund options for registrants for the virtual Sweetheart 8K.
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.
Urban Farmhouse again is helping to host the Sweetheart 8K.
Urban Farmhouse has reduced seating capacity indoors and on the patio to maintain social distancing guidelines. The staff wear masks at all times and, per guidelines, only allow those with masks to enter.
The real restrictions are the restrooms! Runners will have to use the portable toilets provided outdoors.
Urban Farmhouse encourages online ordering for pickup and curbside. They plan to have a special "cash only" section for quick purchases.
There is ample parking in and around the Millworks.
Race Shirts (in-person and virtual races)
Awards, sponsored by Lucky Road Run Shop (in-person race only)
The 8K (5 mile) course, which starts and finishes at The Millworks, runs through The Grove and Walton Park communities and the historic Midlothian Coal Mine Park. The course primarily is on roads and paved pathways, but there are small sections of trail.
There will be a staggered start with 25 runners starting every 2 minutes. During registration, you will select a corral and start time.
One water stop will support runners at the intersection of Glenpark Lane and Glenmeadow Road, just before mile 3 on the course. The water stop will be hands-free and cup-less. Bring your own cup or bottle.
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 on or off leash, skateboards, inline or roller skates, or bicycles. The 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 Sweetheart 8K.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SAFETY. BE ALERT, WATCH FOR TRAFFIC & PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FELLOW RUNNERS, COURSE MARSHALS, AND POLICE.
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