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Pricing and Information

Cost $55

Special $10 Income Based Rate for those who qualify. See qualification details below under “Income Based Rate” or email us at [email protected].

If you prefer to register offline, you can print out an entry form and mail it in.

Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be deferred to another year.

What’s Included?

  • Entry in the June 3-6 Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k
  • Ten-week training program (starts on Saturday, March 27) with an interactive digital guide
  • Guidance from experienced coaches
  • Organized weekly group runs/walks (For those who would like to opt out of the group runs/walks, simply sign up for our Virtual YMCA 10k Training Team during registration. You’ll still receive all of the perks, but you’ll train on your own.)
  • A special YMCA 10k Training Team shirt
  • Clinics with unique topics like Gear & Hydration

Training Levels

Novice and Walkers
You are excited to jumpstart or restart your fitness journey, you have been approved by a medical professional to participate in an exercise program and you have your eye on the prize- Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K presented by Kroger. This 10-week plan is designed to prepare you to complete the 10K, regardless of your speed. You have done minimal to light exercise. You want to have fun while getting out and moving!

Intermediate and Walkers
You have been walking or running routinely (approximately 9-12 miles a week comfortably outside) and you are ready to up your game and pace by adding some more intense workouts into your training schedule. This 10-week plan is designed to train you to race faster in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K presented by Kroger, regardless if you are walking or running.

Not sure what group you belong in?  Take a look at the Training Team Schedule for the first two weeks.

Training Schedule

Before the first Group Run/Walk on Saturday, March 27, you will receive an interactive digital guide with the complete ten-week training schedule. Every Saturday you will meet at your group training location (at the time designated by that location). The other days of the week, you will be on your own to follow the training schedule.

If you sign up for the Virtual YMCA 10k Training Team, you’ll receive your interactive digital guide prior to March 27. Your special YMCA 10k Training Team shirt will be mailed.

Virtual 10k Training Team

Do you want the YMCA 10k training team plan and support but can’t make it to the weekly group runs? You can now sign up for our Virtual 10k Training Team, an extension of the YMCA 10k Training Team! Just select “Virtual – Train on my own” as your training location when registering for the YMCA 10k Training Team or you can simply add on the Virtual 10k Training Team for $25 when registering for the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k.

Head Coach

Suzen Collins will lead the 2021 Sports Backers 10K Training Team! You may recognize her from the Downtown 10k team, the Carytown 8K team, or even the Marathon Training Team (awhile back!) She started running in 2006 as a part of the Sports Backers 10K training team – and has been involved in some way ever since. While she enjoys working with participants of all abilities – her greatest fulfillment comes from working with “adult onset athletes” taking on their first race or pushing themselves past any bad memories of middle school gym class! Whether you are just getting off the couch or are pushing to run/walk a little faster this year, Suzen and the 10K Training Team coaching crew are excited to share tips and tricks to build new habits and get you to the start line! She can be reached at [email protected]

Income Based Rate

At Sports Backers, our mission is to inspire people from all corners of our community to live actively.  Engaging underserved populations is one of our core values and one way we act on this value is by offering Income Based Rates for all of our training teams.  These special rates are offered to those who qualify and would otherwise not be able to participate.

Those who make $25,000 or less annually or receive proven TANF, Food Stamp or Energy Assistance Benefits from Social Services and are not currently claimed as a dependent by anyone making above $25,000 annually are eligible for a special $10 rate for the 10k Training Team.  Please provide one of the following documents for verification:

  • Verification/Eligibility letter from Social Services
  • Tax return
  • YMCA income-based rate participant verified by YMCA

For those that qualify for the income-based entry fee, please come by our office or mail this completed form  and your verification document to Sports Backers, 100 Avenue of Champions, Richmond, VA 23230

Please Note:

  • Strollers/Baby joggers are not permitted at group runs or in the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k.
  • Dogs are not allowed on group runs.  If you have a service dog, they need to have their vest.
  • You must be at least 6 years of age to participate. If you are under the age of 16, you must have a parent/guardian present for all training runs.

Deferrals

Deferrals will not be offered for 2021 YMCA 10k Training Team participants. Refunds will not be issued under any circumstances. For questions, email us.

Cancellation Policy

Entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of a race cancellation, postponement, event format changes, and/or if you are unable to participate. Race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. No exceptions. This means once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number or timing chip to anyone else. Anyone found participating with another person’s number will be disqualified and both people will be barred from future Sports Backers events, including the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k and VCU Health Richmond Marathon.