Organizers and runners prepare for Monument 10k

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — It’s that time of the year again when thousands flock to Richmond for the Monument Avenue 10K.

Nearly 30,000 people are participating this year. On Friday, thousands of people filed through the Arthur Ashe center to pick up their race bibs and shop from the vendors.

“The growth has been incredible we like to look at it as a celebration of Richmond as an active community,” said race spokesperson Pete Woody. “That’s our goal to make Richmond the most active community in the nation.”

Runners Debbie Agliano and Bobbie Barnes said the race is something they have been looking forward to for a long time.

“I don’t care how cold it is we’re going to be out there,” said Agliano.

The mother-daughter pair said it’s more than just a run. It’s about having the city of Richmond cheer you on.

“When you see all cheerleaders and the cowbells and the bands it takes you mind off the challenge of running and really puts your mind into the visual aspect of what’s happening in Richmond and the beautiful houses and the monuments,” said Agliano.

Now in its 17th year, the run down monument will kick off Saturday morning at 8:30.

Organizers want to remind the public that many roads will be closed and if you live in the area, don’t forget to move your car Friday night.

Even if you didn’t sign up to run, organizers urge you to still come on down because there will plenty to do all day.

“The spectators around the race are almost as much fun as running itself,” said Pete Woody.

There will be bands and entertainment on almost every block of the race.

For a full list of road closures and to see the race route, click here.

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