Runners in Central Virginia are gearing up for the Memorial Day 10K Run, to be held on the Blackwater Creek Bikeway Trail on May 27.
The Memorial Day 10K Run is a Lynchburg classic and is the fourth race in the Lynchburg Road Runners 2013 Race Series.
In addition to the 10K run, there’s also a 2 Mile Walk. Leashed dogs and strollers are permitted in the 2 Mile Walk.
Although online registration is closed, those who wish to participate in either event can register at Riverside Runners on Saturday or at Riverfront Park on race day from 7:00-7:30 a.m.
Five assisted athlete teams from United Athletics Lynchburg will participate in the 10K run. Team Trinity, Team Aaron, Team Joel, Team Jasmine and Team Sophie will be front and center, starting the event at 7:55 a.m. before the 8:00 a.m. 10K start.
United Athletics pairs individuals who require physical assistance to participate in racing events with other local athletes who provide the physical power.
This year’s event benefits the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. In previous years, the Memorial Day 10K has been held on the streets of downtown Lynchburg.
However, for safety’s sake, the event is being moved onto the trails instead. The 10K Run and 2 Mile Walk will begin at Riverfront Festival Park on Jefferson Street.
The 10K will proceed on the upper trail of the Blackwater Creek Bikeway, through the old railroad tunnel, and towards the Ed Page Entrance to the trail before turning.
The return course includes running through the Hollins Mill Park Dam area and following the Point of Honor Trail back to the starting point.
The 2 Mile Walk begins at 10 a.m. and will follow the upper trail of the Blackwater Creek Bikeway, go through the tunnel and turn to return to the starting point.
The Memorial Day 10K and 2 Mile Walk will bring out many of Central Virginia’s top runners. The race is a transition for many 5K runners who are preparing for the Virginia 10 Miler in September.
The run will also be a training run for many triathletes who are gearing up for much longer races. Locally, 40 members of the Iron Gate Triathlon Club will compete in the inaugural Ironman 70.3 on June 2 in Raleigh, N.C.
The Ironman 70.3 Raleigh event begins with a 1.2 mile swim at Jordan Lake Recreation Area followed by a 56-mile bike ride through Chatham County, Wake County and Raleigh and ends with a 13.1 mile run in downtown Raleigh.
Most 5K races are held on Saturdays and most triathlons are held on Sundays. This rare Monday holiday event will allow many who are off work for the Memorial Day holiday to join regular race participants.
If you’ll be in town on Memorial Day, come on out and support these athletes as they raise money to help fund research to help find a cure for Type 1 diabetes. Better yet, register and join in the race or walk on Monday.
This disease affects as many as three million Americans, including adults and children. There is no known cure for Type 1 diabetes, which comes on suddenly and causes a lifetime dependence on injected or pumped insulin.