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Join Governor Ralph Northam for an informal 3-mile group run in downtown Richmond and along the James River. All runners and all walkers are welcome.
The group run is a free event, but PRE-REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED. We need you to accept a waiver of liability. We will use your email address only to contact you with any update about the run, such as weather-required cancellation.
Space is limited, so please register early if you wish to join in the Run with the Governor.
The Run with the Governor is supported by the Richmond Road Runners Club and its volunteers. RRRC volunteers will be at key turns along the course and will provide a water stop at about the 2-mile point of the run.
The Governor and his staff are sponsoring monthly, morning group runs over the summer. The dates for the upcoming runs are:
On Sunday September 23, join Virginia's Governor Ralph Northam for The Governor's Race featuring the Governor's 5K (a run/walk) and the First Lady's Kids Run in downtown Richmond and along the James River. Read the Governor's new release. The 5K promises to be a challenging urban course featuring bridges, hills and views of the river and historic sites. All runners and all walkers are welcome. RRRC has partnered with the Governor's Office to offer this new September race. Participation in the 5K is capped at 500 registered runners and walkers.
Sign Up for each group run will open about 4 weeks in advance.
The 3.0-mile group run will start and finish at the entrance to the Virginia State Capitol's Visitor Center (10th and Bank Streets). Runners will head south on 10th Street to Brown's Island, cross the James River on the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, follow the flood wall to the 14th Street Bridge, cross the river to Shockhoe Slip, turn on Bank Street to end at the Visitor Center.
Please wear a reflective or high-visibility vest or clothing to help drivers see you as we run on downtown streets at sunrise.
In consideration of the safety of all participants, the following are not allowed on the course during the group run: 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 run. To enjoy all that our run has to offer and for the safety of all participants, RRRC encourages a headphone-free environment during the Run with the Governor.
PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SAFETY. BE ALERT, WATCH FOR TRAFFIC AND PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FELLOW RUNNERS.
These group runs will occur rain or shine. Make your own best decision about participating if the weather on the morning of a run is not to your liking.
We will cancel the group run if there is lightning in the downtown area at the start of the run or if the downtown area will be under one of the following National Weather Service advisories or warnings at the start of the run: High Wind Advisory, Tornado Warning, Severe Thunderstorm Warning, or Flood Warning. We will send an email to all registered runners announcing any cancellation. Check you email before heading out that morning if the weather conditions/forecasts are unfavorable.
Parking can be found nearby at the following:
Meters -- A limited number of metered public parking spaces (2 hours) are located on the west side of 10th Street, between Main and Bank Streets; on Bank Street, between Governor and 14th Streets; on the south side of Main Street, between 9th and 12th Streets; and on 12th Street between Main and Bank Streets.
Lots and Decks -- Paid parking lots and garages are located nearby on 8th and Grace Street and 7th and Marshall Streets. Downloadable maps of nearby parking lots and decks are available.
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