RRRC Thanks Dad 5K 2023

In-person race Sunday, June 18th - Virtual Race June 16th-19th Midlothian, VA 23112 US Directions


The Richmond Road Runners Club is excited to invite you to participate in our annual Thanks Dad 5K race, designed as a Father's Day run to celebrate the special relationship between fathers, grandfathers, and their sons/daughters and grandsons/granddaughters.

The Thanks Dad 5K was created in memory of Pete Neal, a dedicated volunteer, and coordinator for our club. Pete had a deep love for athletics, which he passed on to his daughter Rebekah and son Jacob. Pete and Jacob set out to run a marathon in each of the 50 states, despite severe medical issues. They completed 21 marathons in 18 states before Pete's untimely death in August 2014.

We have organized this race to celebrate the special bond between fathers and their children in honor of Pete's legacy and his commitment to running. We encourage families to join and participate in this event to make lasting memories.

This year's Thanks Dad 5K promises to be an exciting event featuring a scenic course and a fun atmosphere. We invite you to join us and celebrate the special relationship between fathers and their children. So sign up today and be a part of this memorable event!

Register by May 24 to be guaranteed a race shirt.

The Thanks Dad 5k is an annual Richmond Road Runners Club event that, for 2023, 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 18 (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 19 (Father's Day). You may post your results between Friday, June 16, and Monday, June 19. 

Both events are RRRC Grand Prix (GP) events for 2023. RRRC GP participants receive a race point for posting a time for either event. In addition, 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 18th @ 7:59 AM

  • Individual: $20.00 for RRRC members; $25.00 for non-members; plus processing fee
  • Team Member: $20.00 for RRRC members; $25.00 for non-members; 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 18 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 17, 2023. 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 24 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 25 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 17 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 an awards ceremony 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 17, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM @ Lucky Road Run Midlothian, 13265 Rittenhouse Dr, Midlothian, VA 23112
  • Sunday June 18, 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 13. 

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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