- 6 miles/10K
- Road Race
This was my 4th year running Monument Ave and it never fails to disappoint. There were some things going on around town that affected the race, but the directors and Sports Backers did a great job of compensating.
The expo was moved this year to the Richmond Raceway Complex, when it usually held at the Arthur Ashe Center due to the local minor league baseball team having opening day the same weekend. I heard some complaints about traffic but had no problem getting in. One thing I found disappointing was the number of vendors that had left early during the expo. I volunteered at a booth for a couple of hours, and when my shift was over most of the other vendors had left and the expo was still going on. I got my bib and opted out of the shirt this year, as I don't need any more t shirts.
Race day came and the weather was about 30 degrees hotter than the last couple of weeks and you could tell a lot of people were not ready. We started promptly at 8:30 in waves based on times listed when you signed up. Even with this the roads were crowded with over 20,000 people running this year.
There were four water stops evenly spaced with water and Powerade. 7 years of running and I still cannot drink water out of a cup while running. I need to practice that more.
Crowd support was huge. Bands or DJ's about every half mile and the street is lined with spectators and people cheering and clanging cowbells.
As for the course it is out and back and mostly flat. There is a slight incline around mile 5 to 6 that sneaks up and with the heat you felt it this year. The finish line was full of people, most of them getting sick off to the side but it was promptly cleaned up and you were herded to through the chute to get your water and medal. This year was part 2 of a three part medal.
Finish festivities were well spaced over several blocks and had a street party vibe.
Overall, Monument Ave 10k is a great race. It is crowded, and the expo leaves something to be desired, but you cannot beat the local community that comes out and cheers everyone on.