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Miles & Minutes - Fall 2020

CLICK HERE to open the latest issue.


- Cover Story: Shoes for Good (Shood)
- Feature: From Carytown to Quarantown
- Feature: The Yeti Ultra 24 Hour Challenge
- President's Message
- Health & Wellness: Wimping Out vs. Needing Recovery
- Foot Notes: Improper Running Footwear
- Merchant Discounts
- Group Runs

On the cover: A guest and her personal shopper celebrate a “new” pair of shoes at a Shood Share in Downtown Richmond. (Photo courtesy of Shood)

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Take a survey about RRRC's Winter Marathon & Half Marathon Training (WMT)

Richmond Road Runner Club wants to judge interest in its Winter Marathon & Half Marathon Training (WMT) program for this winter (December 2020 - April 2021). 

WMT is a training program with supported weekly long runs to help prepare runners for the Shamrock Marathon and Half Marathon in March, the Boston Marathon in April, or other spring races.

COVID-19 and a new WMT head coaching team are prompting us to ask some questions so RRRC can best support the RVA running community over the coming months.

We want to hear your opinions whether or not you participated in WMT in the past. Please take a few minutes to compete our survey. All responses are anonymous. 


Poop Loop 4ish Miler -- another "live and in-person" race for 2020

DATE CHANGE* - NOW SUNDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 4 - Join us for the 3rd annual Richmond Road Runners Club's Poop Loop 4ish Miler. RRRC is partnering with the James River Park System to offer this low-frills Sunday night run. This run/walk will be held in-person (but socially distanced) on roads, paths, and trails.

You have two options:
⇒ Trail - mostly run on paved paths and the mountain bike trails. Limited to 75 registrants.
⇒ Road - mostly run on the road and paved paths. Limited to 75 registrants. 

The trails are beginner-friendly. Children age 6 and older and youth are welcome to run this event.

* Access from Hull Street to the Floodwall is temporarily closed because of construction. Rather than reroute the road race, we decided to shift the date. 

Check out the details here.

SignUp Don't miss out. The race is only 2 weeks away.

Run a virtual 10 Miler and/or 5K on the Cap Trail in October

It's virtual, but we encourage runners and walkers to do their miles on the Cap Trail. RRRC and the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation partnered up again to offer the East 51 @ Rocketts Cap Trail 10 Miler & 5K presented by Dominion Energy. All profits from the races benefit the programs of the Virginia Capital Trail Foundation to enhance, promote, and advocate for the continued development of the 52-mile dedicated multi-use trail that connects Richmond and Williamsburg.


Registrants, who are 21 and older, receive a ticket redeemable for one (1) beer of your choice at the Stone Brewing Tap Room - Richmond or The Virginia Beer Company - Williamsburg. You also have the option to purchase a race shirt.

RRRC Store

- RRRC Trucker Caps - $18.00
- RRRC Mugs - $12.00

Also in stock with the new club logo

- Waterproof bags
- HeadSweats visors 
- UltraSport SeatShield Car Seat Covers
- Racetrackers Dri-run Two Vent Running Cap
- 40th Anniversary Sweatshirts

And there are reduced prices on technical race shirts and tanks (now $8.00) and Polar Bottles® (now $8.00).


Virginia Governor's Executive Order 67 (2020) and Order of Public Health Emergency 7

This Executive Order was effective July 1, 2020 for Virginia's "Phase Three Easing of Certain Temporary Restrictions due to Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19)."

We're sharing relevant excerpts that guide decisions on club races and training programs.


12. Recreational Sports

Indoor and outdoor recreational sports activities are permitted, provided participants and organizers of recreational sports activities comply with the Guidelines for All Business Sectors and the sector-specific guidelines for recreational sports expressly incorporated by reference herein. Such guidance includes, but is not limited to, the following requirements:

Ten feet of physical distance should be maintained by all instructors, participants, and spectators, where practicable.
The total number of attendees (including both participants and spectators) of recreational sports cannot exceed the lesser of 50% of the occupancy load of the certificate of occupancy for the venue, if applicable, or 250 persons. For sports played on a field, attendees are limited to 250 persons per field.


1. All Public And Private In-Person Gatherings

All public and private in-person gatherings of more than 250 individuals are prohibited. The presence of more than 250 individuals performing functions of their employment is not a “gathering.” A “gathering” includes, but is not limited to, parties, celebrations, or other social events, whether they occur indoors or outdoors.

A few words from your RRRC Officers

These are challenging times.

We will do our best to continue to engage and connect runners and walkers in the RVA community. We'll be using email and social media to stay in touch. As needed, we'll put on other low-cost virtual events to help keep us all motivated to stay physically active. 

We will work with our race directors to continue the behind-the-scenes planning for upcoming RRRC races so we all can gather on the roads and trails again when that is allowed. Those races may open for sign up later than usual and may be low-frill, but we plan to be ready.

We thank the wise leadership of RRRC over years past. RRRC established and has maintained a healthy financial reserve that will allow this organization to weather these uncertain times. 

We encourage you to stay physically active. We're preaching to the choir, but you know that running and other forms of physical activity offer untold benefits to our own and our communities' well-being.