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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.
Celebrate Father's Day by running as a team with dad or granddad! There are special awards for the top finishing teams.
The 5K (3.1 miles) race starts at 8:30 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 dog friendly event. Runners with a single dog on a leash are permitted. We do ask that you start at the rear of the starting corral if you are running with a dog.
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 other than dogs, skateboards, inline or roller skates, and 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 Thanks Dad 5K.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU NEED TO BE ALERT FOR TRAFFIC. YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SAFETY. BE ALERT, WATCH FOR TRAFFIC AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FELLOW RUNNERS, COURSE MARSHALS, AND POLICE.
The Kids Run is at 9:30 AM in the parking area of MillWorks 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 will receive a prize for participating.
Runners must be 5 years old or older to participate in the 5K road race.
The current race fee is listed above. The race fee will increase on Sunday June 3.
After June 15 @ 11:59 PM and on race day, the race fee is $25.00 for all runners registering either as individuals or as members of a team.
All entry fees and processing fees are non-refundable and non-transferable, no exceptions. 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.
Short-sleeve race shirts are guaranteed to the first 300 registered runners who have registered by June 4.
This race has special awards for first-, second- and third-place father-son and father-daughter teams, and first-place grandfather-grandson and grandfather-granddaughter teams. The top three male and female finishers overall and top masters and age group (5-year groups) winners will receive ribbons.
The award presentation will begin at 10:15 AM at the Urban Farmhouse. Awards must be picked up at this time and will not be mailed.
There will be post-race refreshments.
Packet pickup will be on:
Sarah Akin and Matt Nordin
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