Sports Tourism

The Richmond region’s status as a destination for sports enthusiasts has never been stronger than it is today. The Sports Backers aggressively pursue opportunities to expand the number and scope of sporting events held in the region each year. This long-term growth model is the major reason the Sports Backers were the first sports commission in the country awarded the Sports Commission of the Year title three times by the National Association of Sports Commissions.

The Sports Backers now own and produce 13 events each year that include some of the largest and most successful of their kind in the country. They include:

  • Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k
  • Dominion Riverrock
  • Cougar 7v7 Field Hockey Tournament
  • Connects Federal Credit Union Corporate 4-Miler
  • RVA to DC
  • Anthem Moonlight Ride
  • Patrick Henry Half Marathon
  • Trails & Ales
  • Martin’s Tour of Richmond
  • International Dragon Boat Festival
  • Call Federal Credit Union Marathon Jr.
  • Anthem Richmond Marathon
  • CarMax Tacky Light Run

The Sports Backers work to support other sports tourism events owned and operated by non-profit organizations in the Richmond region. We form strategic partnerships with selected events that show significant progress for becoming major events. In 2015, we provided marketing grants to other organizations that supported 25 events. If your organization puts on an event that you believe qualifies, submit a grant request.

2016 Sports Backers Supported Events Calendar

January 16-18              Monument City Classic Girls Volleyball Tournament
February 27-28           Ultimate Cup Girls Soccer Tournament
March 5-6                     Ultimate Cup Boys Soccer Tournament
Feb. 26-28                    USA Field Hockey National Indoor Tournament
Feb. 27-28                    VAWA Kids Folkstyle and Folkstyle Club Duals State Championships Wrestling
March 7-12                   VHSL Boys & Girls State Basketball Championships
March 11-13                  Jefferson Cup Boys Showcase Soccer Tournament
March 19-20                 Jefferson Cup Girls Soccer Tournament
March 24-26                 Jefferson Cup Girls Showcase Soccer Tournament
April 9                            James River Regatta
April 25                          Richmond Tri Club Sprint
May 13                            Southern Track Classic
May 14                            Capital to Capital Bike Ride
May 28-29                     Colonial Cup Boys and Girls Soccer Tournament
May 28-30                      Beast of the East Adult Men’s Softball Tournament
May 28-30                      Boys’ East Coast Championships Boys Volleyball Tournament
May 28-30                      Jefferson Cup Memorial Day Weekend  Boys Soccer
May 23-25                       South Atlantic Championships Girls Volleyball Tournament
June 17-19                       Champions Cup Lacrosse
July 2-4                           Queen of the Hill Fastpitch Softball Tournament
July 14-17                        IWLCA Capital Cup Lacrosse
July 21-31                        Triple Crown U.S. Baseball Championships
Sept 17                             Heart of Virginia Bike Festival
October 8-9                    Columbus Day Invitational Boys and Girls Soccer Tournament
Oct. 29-30                       Halloween Cup Fastpitch Softball Tournament
November 5                    VHSL Competition Cheerleading Championships
November 12-13            Capital Fall Classic Boys Soccer Tournament
November 19-20           Capital Fall Classic Girls Soccer Tournament
November 19-20           Mega Blast Boys and Girls Soccer Tournament
November 18-19            VHSL Volleyball Championships

* The Sports Backers in conjunction with the Richmond Road Runners Club supports approximately 50 kids running clubs and events per year through the Kids Run RVA Grant Program.