Runners in Lynchburg have a few more running events this summer before the Virginia 10 Miler, Lynchburg’s premier running event.
The 39th Annual Virginia 10 Miler will be held this year on September 28-29 with the Amazing Mile Children’s Run on Friday, September 28 at Riverfront Festival Park on Jefferson Street.
The Virginia 10 Miler, the 4 Mile Run and the 4 Mile Walk will begin at E.C. Glass High School on Saturday, September 29.
If you haven’t yet registered for the 10 Miler, do it now at the link above. Fees increase on August 1 and again on September 1 although registration is open until September 25.
Some members of Lynchburg’s running community hit the trails and the river for the James River Splash and Dash, held on Percival’s Island and in the James River on Saturday, July 28.
A good time was had by all who raced a little over two miles on the island’s paved trail before hitting the woods, grabbing an innertube and floating down the James River.
Runners who had planned to run in the Academy July 4th One-Miler will be doing the run on a delayed basis on Tuesday, July 31. The rescheduled event will be held at Lynchburg College’s track with a 6:30 p.m. start time. Although online registration is closed, participants can register on site on race day.
The event will feature three races: red for kids ages 12 and under, white for those 40 and older, and blue for those ages 13-39. Seed times will be used and winners will be determined by finish time rather than finish place.
The event was rescheduled after the June 29 derecho wind storm that hit our area took down hundreds of trees on the Blackwater Creek Bikeway and in city parks.
August will bring two Lynchburg running events. The Lynchburg Half Marathon and 5K will be held on Saturday, August 11 at Riverfront Festival Park. The Half Marathon will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the 5K at 8 a.m. and the Youth Run at 9 a.m. Register at Riverside Runners or their website.
The Downtown YMCA 5K and Youth Fun Run will be held on Saturday, August 25 at the Downtown YMCA. The fun run will begin at 6:30 p.m. followed by the 5K at 7 p.m. Register at the YMCA or online at their website.
In early September, the 9/11 Heroes Run will be held at 10 a.m. on September 8 at the Aid Station, 1035 Avalon Drive in Forest. The event will feature a 5K and a one mile run/walk to honor and benefit all of the heroes of September 11, including our military, veterans, first responders and civilians. You can register at the event’s website.
Later in September, the Second Annual Rachael’s Paws & Purrs 5K and 10K will be held on September 22 at Riverfront Festival Park.
This unique race and the Rachael Horton Compassionate Care Fund were established in memory of Lynchburg couple Rachael and Aaron Horton who died tragically in a fire on April 8, 2011.
The fund and race benefit pet owners who can’t afford expensive treatments for their pets. Rachael was an assistant at Gentle Care Animal Hospital and often contributed her own money to help pet owners.
Times have not yet been set for the race but watch the Rachael Horton Compassionate Care Fund website or Facebook page for updates.
Running is a great way to stay in shape. Runners can log their mileage online to participate in the 100 Mile Challenge, part of the Live Healthy Lynchburg initiative started by former Lynchburg Mayor Joan Foster and continued by current Mayor Michael Gillette.