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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.
The Thanks Dad 5k is an annual Richmond Road Runners Club event that, for 2021, 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 20th (Father's Day). The race starts and finishes at the Urban Farmhouse in The Millworks in Midlothian. Participation is capped at 250 runners. Please review our COVID-19 Procedures & Precautions.
The Virtual Thanks Dad 5K will allow you to run when, where, and with whom you please on Sunday, June 20th (Father's Day). You may post your results between Friday, June 18 and Monday, June 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.
Please review our COVID-19 Procedures & Precautions.
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!
Runners must be 5 years old or older to participate in this 5K road race.
If race registrations for the in-person Thanks Dad 5K reach the participant cap of 250 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.
In-person until Friday, June 18th @ 11:59 PM
Virtual Race registration through Sunday, June 20 at 11:59pm
Registrants for the in-person Thanks Dad 5K may transfer to the virtual Thanks Dad 5K at no-cost through Friday, June 18, 2021. 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.
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).
Race Shirts (in-person and virtual races)
Awards, sponsored by Lucky Road Run Shop (in-person race only)
There will be post-race refreshments.
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.
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 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.
Eric Nachman & Allison May
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