As we navigate our ever-changing world, our mission to inspire you to live an active lifestyle remains. Now, more than ever, the Sports Backers team wants to keep you moving!
School is canceled, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k is postponed, and you’re likely going to miss your next haircut appointment… but the fact remains that preserving your physical health is vital to preserving your mental health. Our team is busy brainstorming ways to help make physical activity a bright spot in your day. Although we won’t be sharing any high fives at a Kids Run Club or passing out medals at a finish line anytime soon, our team is ready to cheer you on! Stay connected with the community by participating in one of our workout challenges, break up your day with an online workout, or have fun completing a virtual event.
We have compiled a list of new events and opportunities, current event and program updates, online Fitness Warrior classes, and more. You can help by sending us links to great workout videos, fastest known times in RVA, or just funny anecdotes about active living in the era of social distancing. Just as things keep evolving, there is no limit to fun, so be sure to check back often!
Wash your hands, don’t exercise in groups, and together we’ll celebrate at a finish line soon! #LetsGoRVA
Free fitness classes on Zoom, led by the Warriors you know and love! Check out the schedule and email us to get the link to the class (or classes!) of your choice! Can’t make it to a Zoom class? Check out our free online video workouts created by trained fitness professionals.
Kids Run RVA
Free online video workouts designed especially for kids!
Sports Backers Facebook
Simple and easy-to-follow exercise plans are shared daily on our Facebook page.
Taco Trot 5k – Now thru May 31
Cinco de Mayo and Taco Tuesday collide on May 5 and we couldn’t let this special day pass without throwing a fiesta for the ages. We all need a reason to celebrate, so let’s make this day muy bien with the first ever virtual Taco Trot 5k! Rally your amigos (virtually, of course) and log some miles before taking down some take-out tacos, or a homemade Mexican feast. Top it off with the world’s coolest ever taco shirt from us. Andale RVA!
Uncorked Half & 5k – Register through June 1
Originally scheduled for New Kent Winery on May 2, you can still register and run the virtual version of this event. You’ll receive all of your race swag around the end of June. No need to send us proof of your virtual run, you can do it at any time that you choose. Plus, we still want you to be able to enjoy your finisher glass of wine! Head to New Kent Winery any time before December 31, 2020, to redeem your complimentary finisher glass of wine. Take your finisher wine glass and medal, snap a pic, and tag us!
Firecracker 4-Miler – Now through July 31
Red, white, and RUN! The virtual Firecracker 4-Miler is the best way to celebrate summer’s biggest holiday and earn some patriotic party attire! Complete your run and spend the rest of the day grillin’ and chillin’ in your new July 4th themed tank top! We won’t judge if you wear your finisher medal to your BBQ either…it’ll come in handy when you need to crack open a cold one. And, we didn’t forget your limited edition koozie! All this swag is guaranteed to have your party poppin’ until it’s time for fireworks!
Great American 5000 – June 14 through September 14
The Great American 5000 is a virtual team run from San Francisco to New York – and everywhere in between! Assemble your crew of up to 12 or up to 24 people, run a cumulative 24 hours a day, and start to chip away at the 5,000k (3,107-mile) journey. An online map will track each group’s virtual progress across the country and a leaderboard will display the standings each day, with groups in open, female, and co-ed categories!
Virtual 10k – Now thru October 31
Don’t let anything stand in the way of you being a part of one of the nation’s most popular events. If you can’t make it to the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k on September 26 you can still be a part of the fun by participating in the Virtual 10k. Run or walk 6.2 miles on your own, send us proof, and we’ll send you an event t-shirt, bag, and the official finisher medal! We’ll even include a Virtual Badge to share on social media.
RVA Fit Crew – Ongoing
Celebrate Spring and challenge yourself to move a little (or a lot) every day. This Facebook group is where we will share training tips, routes, exercise ideas, encouragement, fun stuff, and more. Get active and let’s inspire one another! More than ever it’s time to stay healthy and stay motivated!
Building Healthy Habits Workout Tracker
Download our customizable 12-week workout tracker and make a plan to be active every day. Set your own goals and have fun checking the days off as you complete your daily activity. To make it easy, we will share a daily workout plan on our facebook page.
Event Updates (info updated thru 5/28)
We are closely monitoring the ever-changing updates on Coronavirus/COVID-19. We are regularly communicating with local and state health officials in order to make responsible decisions regarding our upcoming events and programs. The safety of our participants and our community is of the utmost importance to us, and all updates pertaining to our programs and events will be updated on this page.
Postponements / Cancellations / Adjustments
- Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k – Rescheduled for September 26, 2020
If you are currently registered for the event, there are several options available to you. We can’t wait to see you in September!
- Uncorked Half & 5k – On-site event cancelled; Virtual option offered
If you are currently registered for the event, there are several options available to you.
- Dominion Energy Riverrock – Event cancelled; Virtual Experience offered
If you are currently registered for the event, there are several options available to you. We’ve also come up with a virtual option that includes solo trail running and MTB options, plus a Virtual Experience on May 16. Click here for details!
- Sports Backers Marathon Training Team – Scheduled to begin June 6
We’re excited to announce that our Sports Backers Marathon Training Team is still on…we’re just changing things up a bit! MTT will be happening virtually until we’re given the all clear to run on the same pavement together. Click here for more info.
- Scholar-Athlete Awards Dinner – Event cancelled
The dinner has been cancelled but scholarships will still be awarded on June 1.
- Fitness Warrior Classes – Cancelled, Available Online
Get your workout on at home by joining our Fitness Warriors virtually
- Kids Run RVA Run Clubs – Cancelled, Available Online
We still want you to move, so check out some ways to join Kids Run RVA at home.
- RVA Bike Month – Will continue with modifications
Features virtual and social distancing rides and experiences. Check out the details!
- Anthem Corporate Run – Rescheduled for October 15
- Sports Backers Run Bike Relay presented by Ragnar – Rescheduled for July 10-11
Format changed to a 2-person or solo racer format, with a shortened course. Click here for details.
Currently Scheduled Without Changes
- Richmond International Dragon Boat Festival – August 1, 2020
- Virginia Credit Union Moonlight Ride – August 15, 2020
- Patrick Henry Half Marathon – August 29, 2020
- Walmart Biz Bowl – September 2020
- Trails & Ales – October 17, 2020
- Marathon Jr. – October 24, 2020
- VCU Health Richmond Marathon, Richmond Half Marathon & Allianz Partners 8k – Nov. 14
- CarMax Tacky Light Run – December 12