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Sports Backers and Richmond Road Runners support youth running The Sports Backers are committed to improving the health of our children by encouraging routine physical activity, which is critical to their long-term growth and well-being. The Richmond Road Runners support running in the metro Richmond area, which includes helping get kids started at a young age.  Through a joint effort with […]

Training for Young Runners

Kids Run RVA Training Guides get young runners ready for the starting line. For most every season and age group, we’ve got training guides to keep kids jogging toward their goals. Marathon Jr. Training Guide Follow a training trail accompanied by friendly ghosts and goblins on your way to running in the kaléo Marathon, Jr.! Marathon Jr, a Halloween-themed run every […]

Coaching Support

Sports Backers is so grateful for the assistance of teachers and community volunteers who give their time to lead and assist at over 70 area run clubs each season. It is a priority for us to assist them the best way we can. We provide support in the form of seasonal coaches’ workshops to train and inform incoming new volunteer […]

Kids Challenge

The Sports Backers Kids Challenge is a FREE incentive-based fitness program for elementary school-aged children in the metro Richmond area. The program encourages youth to run 26 miles over the course of a 10-week period beginning February 4. It’s a fun and easy way for teachers and parents to get kids moving! Just follow these steps: 1. Run! Run or walk at […]

Run Clubs

 Every year Kids Run RVA gets thousands of young people across our region moving through our support of local running clubs.  We focus on reaching kids across the region- Church Hill to Swansboro, up to Hanover, down to Chester, out to Short Pump, and everywhere in between.  Check out the Kids Run RVA MAP to see where all the run […]

Mini-Grant Funding

Are you a Fitness Warrior or a host site of one of our Fitness Warrior classes?  Looking to take your program to the next level?  Then you’re in luck, Sports Backers mini-grants support programs that are increasing opportunities for physical activity in underserved communities across the Richmond region. Before applying, make sure that your program meets our basic criteria: It […]

Next Up

Next Up is a collaborative community initiative working to ensure that Richmond Public School (RPS) middle school students engage in meaningful Out-of-School Time (OST) programs designed to improve academic achievement, workforce readiness and social, emotional and physical health.  Sports Backers is one of the Next Up service providers at Boushall, Brown, Elkhardt-Thompson, and Henderson Middle schools! We offer after school […]

Fitness Warriors Class Schedule

Get Active with the Fitness Warriors! Class dates, times, instructor contact info, and locations are listed below for all of our classes. We ask that you wear tennis shoes, bring water, and bring a mat to each class if you have one. All classes are FREE and open to all fitness levels. Pick a class and come find your Fit […]

About Fitness Warriors

With support from the Richmond City Health District, the Sports Backers’ Fitness Warriors program trains area residents who have talent, passion, and potential to be professional fitness instructors for Richmond’s communities with the highest rates of chronic disease.  Fitness Warriors are selected for their skills and leadership, and we train them up to be certified group exercise teachers. Throughout the program, Warriors meet […]