Official Program

for 10K
Whit Styles
trains for the
Half Marathon.
JUMPSTART .............................................................................. 5
A Heart of Gold, A Band of Green: Anne Kirchmier will be running the HCA VA
8K this year. She won a gold medal in August at the World Transplant Games
in Australia; Audience Inspiration: Last issueʼs cover athlete, Kyra Oliver of‑
fered this example of the power of spectator support; Region's
'Top Trails' Noted
How much oxygen can you use?; TIMOTHY J. ZIMMER, M.D.: Take Stress Frac‑
tures in Stride
Good Spectators Make for a Great Marathon ............................8
SBQasked a few local runners about their thoughts on event spectators and
got lots of responses.
OFFICIAL PROGRAM ....................................................9
PRE‑RACE ..................................................................................................11
RACE DAY ..................................................................................................12
Event Map..................................................................................................14
Post Race ..................................................................................................19
Party Zones ..............................................................................................20
Sports Backers Upcoming Events ........................................................21
Sponsors ....................................................................................................22
Jason Schoener........................................................................23
For marathon stand‑out Jason Schoener what began as a family tradition
has become a life of athletic achievement.
Mary Bertram ........................................................................24
A graduate student at the VCU Center for Sport Leadership, Mary Bertram is
also a graduate assistant for the VCU Menʼs cross country and track and field
Working Out At Work ..............................................................25
Day in and day out, teammates at Owens & Minor eagerly file into the work‑
out room of their building in Mechanicsville to take advantage of the free ac‑
cess to an array of top‑of‑the‑line gym equipment.
Getting Fit with Styles ............................................................28
When Whit Styles set out to start a new fitness business, she recognized a
need in Richmond. Her company, Styles Group Fitness, focuses exclusively
on training women and helping them achieve their fitness goals.
Advanced Team Prepares for 10K............................................30
The Ukropʼs Monument Avenue 10K has grown into an event that people
plan for months in advance. Members of the Richmond Road Runners Club
Advanced 10K training team have already begun to formalize their training
regime to prepare for the big day. | 3
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Sports Backers Quarterly: Athletics, Recreation & Healthy Living
In private practice for over 20 years, Dr. Timothy Zimmer
is an experienced orthopaedic surgeon concentrating
in foot and ankle disorders. His patients appreciate him
as a talented physician who cares as much about
their happiness as he does their healing – two special
qualities that gets them up and running for miles.
Timothy J. Zimmer, M.D.
Commonwealth Orthopaedic Specialist
Stony Point Surgery Center
A Partnership of Richmond Eye & Ear
© 2009 Stony Point Surgery Center
Anne Kirchmier will be running the HCA Vir‑
ginia 8K this year. She is 51 years old and her
new heart is winning gold for her. She won a
gold medal in August at the World Transplant
Games in Australia.
She set a world transplant games record in the
3K and won medals and set world records in
other events as well. Anneʼs passion for run‑
ning began before she got sick at the age of 36.
She developed a condition called arrhythmo‑
genic right ventricular dysplasia, or ARVD, that turned the right side of her heart
into scarred, fatty tissue. For 12 years she met with doctors and specialists to
figure out a treatment while her condition worsened.
She finally learned that her only chance at survival was a heart transplant. She
had a life‑saving heart transplant in 2007 at UVA Medical Center. Since her
transplant she has a new lease on life and is passionate about running races
again and educating others about donation.
Anne plans to send the gold medal that she won in Australia to her donor fam‑
ily. She said, “I want them to know that Iʼm taking care of their heart. I want to
be the fittest heart transplant patient I can be.”
• Donate Life Virginia is the race beneficiary of the SunTrust Richmond Marathon,
McDonaldʼs Half Marathon and the HCA Virginia 8K for the seventh year.
• The Donate Life Team consists of more than 60 race participants who are
donor families, transplant recipients, transplant professionals, living donors or
patients on the transplant waiting list.
• Pick up your green bracelet or Donate Life sticker at the Race
Expo and show your support of organ and tissue donation at
the race. (Green stands for Recycle Life.)
• More than 100,000 people are currently awaiting an organ
transplant in the U.S. including more than 2,500 of those are
in Virginia.
• Donation and transplantation saves lives. There is a critical shortage of organs
in Virginia and nationwide. Consider signing up as an organ, eye and tissue
donor to help save lives!
• Money raised for Donate Life Virginia will be used by donation agencies in VA
to encourage others to sign up as organ, eye, and tissue donors. Through these
programs we can all save and enhance more lives.
• Virginians can sign up as donors online at or at the DMV.
Those living outside of Virginia can sign up at
While researching topics for this special SunTrust Rich‑
mond Marathon edition, SBQ surveyed past marathon
athletes for the best and worst audience participation
techniques that theyʼd encountered.
Last issueʼs cover athlete, Kyra Oliver offered this
example of the power of spectator support.
“I was running my first
marathon, the 2008 Sun‑
Trust Richmond Marathon.
I was coming upon mile 14,
the Lee Bridge, when I
looked up to see my good
friend, Jay Hugo, standing
there ready to help pace
me. Tears came to my eyes
with appreciation. When I
hit about mile 18, I heard
the sound of cowboy boots
running next to me. I
looked up to see my
brother, Darren, and his son, Evan, running with me.
They had driven 9 hours from Tennessee to support me.
I had no idea. Again, tears of love, joy and appreciation
came to my eyes. I was hugging them while running.
Then my good friend, Louis LaFratta, met me around
mile 22. My trainer was there, too, on his was
amazing support. At mile 25, to my surprise, I looked
ahead to see Jay again. As I neared the chute, Jay said,
ʻThere it is.ʼ I said, ʻWhere...where?ʼ He said, ʻRight in
front of you.ʼ I could not believe I had made it 26.2 miles
and at a better pace than planned. Hearing my name
over the intercom was a euphoric feeling. A thrilling mo‑
ment that I will never forget.”
Check out page 8
ʻGood Spectators Make for a Great Marathonʼ
for Kyraʼs and other athleteʼs Doʼs and Donʼts
for audience participation.
Trail Runner magazineʼs
October 2009 issue
listed Richmond among
the “seven stellar places
to visit (or live) if you
love trail running.”
The publication cited
the James River Parkʼs
North Bank/Buttermilk
Trail loop, Pocahontas
State Parkʼs Old Mill Bi‑
cycle Trail and Lakeview
Mountain Bike Trails as
some of the “Best Trails.”
So, your marathon is approaching. You trained hard and
managed to get through those long, hot, humid runs. You
are ready, except for one thing, WHAT SHOULD I EAT??
The best approach is to think about your diet 1‑2 days
before the race, the morning of the race and during the
race. Although you should be eating an overall healthy
balanced diet throughout the training, the week before
can make a big difference in your performance too.
Days before
This is the time to carb up! The goal is to maximize your
glycogen/carbohydrate stores. The more carbohydrates
your body is able to store the longer you will be able to
run without feeling fatigued. Consuming a high carbo‑
hydrate diet can result in HOURS more energy for your
run. On the days approaching the race do not focus on
watching calories, in fact, you should be eating several
meals throughout the day. Sometimes consuming the
right types of carbohydrates can be tricky though. You
want to make sure to eat complex carbs that are very low
in fat. These are typically plain foods. Donʼt be afraid to
add salt to your food either, as long as your doctor has
not advised against it. Extra salt and sodium will help
your body hold on to water and prevent cramping dur‑
ing the race. Whole fruits and fruit and vegetable juices
are good sources of other important electrolytes like
potassium and magnesium as well as other vitamins and
minerals. Lastly, stay well hydrated. Even small deficits in
water can significantly impair your performance and pro‑
mote injury. You should be aiming for 2‑3 liters of non‑
caffeinated, non‑alcoholic fluid per day.
The Pre‑Race Meal
Wake up early so you donʼt feel rushed and have plenty
of time to consume ample amounts of food. Three to four
hours before the gun goes off is best, but if youʼre a late
riser just make sure that by race time you are not hungry
or feel very full. This meal should be substantial (an aver‑
age person should be consuming from 300 calories; if
youʼre eating 1 hour before the race to 1000 calories: if
youʼre eating 4 hours before the race) and similar to what
you ate on the previous days. Stick to foods that are very
low fat, high in carbohydrate and moderate in protein.
Chances are you have already found some foods that
work for you. This is very individual, what works for one
might not for another so once you find your pre‑race
foods stick with them and never make major changes on
race day.
During the Race
A good rule of thumb is that you will need to consume
approximately 100‑200 calories of pure carbohydrates
every hour starting at about the 1 hour mark. The goal is
to take the carbohydrates just before you feel you need
it and once you start you will need to continue every 20
minutes or so to prevent crashing. Find what food or
supplement works best for you and stick with it: Gels,
bars, blocks and sports drinks all provide the carbohy‑
drates to fuel your run.
Fueling Your Race
Paula Inserra, PhD, RD is the Director of Dietetic Programs at Virginia State University
VO2max is the maximum capac‑
ity of your body to transport and
use oxygen during exercise. It re‑
flects the efficiency of your heart
and lungs. In other words, itʼs a
very precise measure of your
physical fitness.
Your VO2max is calculated
by a machine while you perform
an increasingly difficult exercise
test. Throughout the test, the
amount of oxygen you inhale vs.
how much you exhale, as well as
your heart rate, is recorded by
the machine. At a certain point,
the oxygen consumed is not
enough to clear lactic acid
buildup from your muscles. This
is your anaerobic threshold,
which delineates your aerobic
from anaerobic training zones.
By measuring your heart rate
throughout the test, the ma‑
chine will tell you the heart rates
equivalent to several training
This new information can
be put to good use when you
train with a heart rate monitor.
Knowing your aerobic and
anaerobic training heart rate
zones puts you in total control of
maximizing your workout to
reach your goals.
A VO2max test can be done
at a sports medicine office. The
test is between 6‑20 minutes
long, and gradually increases you
to working at maximum effort.
The protocol is treadmill running,
but adjustments can be made to
perform the test using other
types of exercise. In any case, be
prepared to work out!
Bagel with jelly
All kinds of fruit
Fruit Juice
Pasta with a simple
marinara sauce
Carrot Juice
Pancakes (add syrup
but skip the butter)
Animal Crackers
Asian noodles
Teresa Stadler, MD, FACSM is Medical Director of Commonwealth Sports Medicine,
Ironman finisher, active member of Richmond’s athletic community, and mom of three
small children.
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Your muscles need oxygen to work. The more oxygen you can breathe in and use, the faster you can move.
How much oxygen can you use?
the test,
the amount
of oxygen
you inhale
how much
you exhale,
as well as
your heart rate,
is recorded
by the machine.
Stress fractures occur as the result of a repet‑
itive load to failure of bone tissue. Bone under
repetitive stress, over a long enough period
of time, will eventually break̶much as a
paper clip does when bent too many times.
Unlike the skele‑
ton displayed in
a biology class‑
room, bone is a
living tissue.
Bone becomes
denser under
repetitive stress;
however, the
ability to be‑
come denser oc‑
curs at a fixed
rate. Repetitive loading that exceeds this rate
will cause a bone to break down and fracture.
Training for long distance running requires a
gradual increase in activity.
Diagnosing a stress fracture requires a
patientʼs history, a physical exam and x‑ray
evaluation. Classically, a patient will present
with swelling and pain, frequently but not al‑
ways following a change in activity levels. Ini‑
tial x‑rays donʼt always demonstrate a frac‑
ture, so often a physician will need to take
repeat x‑rays to find the injury. Some doctors
may request a patient undergo a more sensi‑
tive diagnostic test called a bone scan. While
this test is very sensitive, it isnʼt particularly
specific̶producing positive results under
multiple circumstances.
Stress fractures are treated much like
usual single load to failure fractures. The heal‑
ing process is greatly aided by activity restric‑
tion and immobilization. Certain difficult
stress fractures may require surgical place‑
ment of screws or rods to stabilize the injury.
Fortunately though, most cases are treated
non‑surgically. Foot fractures typically take 6‑
8 weeks to heal, whereas tibia (shinbone) frac‑
tures may take as long as 8‑12 weeks. Stress
fractures of the hip can take longer and can
be harder to treat.
A stress fracture isnʼt a career‑ending in‑
jury for an athlete. With proper treatment,
most patients can resume their sport so long
as attention is paid to activity levels. And be‑
cause the site of a fracture actually heals to
become denser than the surrounding bone,
the refracture of most stress fractures is rare.
Take Stress Fractures in Stride
A stress fracture isnʼt
a career‑ending
injury for
an athlete.
With proper
most patients
can resume
their sport
so long
as attention
is paid
to activity levels.
Timothy J. Zimmer, MD, is an orthopaedic specialist at
Stony Point Surgery Center with a specialty in foot and
ankle disorders.
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Participating in a marathon, half, 8K or any
other race is a physical challenge and a great
social event where old friends come together
and new ones are made. Camaraderie is easy
to find as the runners can relate to each other
and respect their journey to race day.
Another thing most runners have in
common is at least one story about a
marathon spectator who may have gotten in
their way, shouted something distracting, or
maybe even worse did nothing at all!
Of course for all of the annoying things
that can happen, there are plenty of positive,
inspirational spectators as well. And they can
often make the difference between runners
having a good or a bad experience. SBQasked
a few local runners about their thoughts on
the subject, and got lots of responses.
Mary Bertram can always de‑
pend on family to watch her
events. And she recently had the
opportunity to be a spectator.
“I donʼt think I have ever
run a race where I didnʼt have
someone there to cheer me on. From middle
school through college and even post‑col‑
lege, my parents have been there for me at
the majority of my races.”
Doʼs & Donʼts
Tony and Ellie Basch provided some helpful
doʼs and donʼts for spectators:
Do this and we runners love
you for it:
Say “Good job!” “Looking
good!” “Go runners!” these are
appropriate to shout at in most
situa tions (unless someone ab‑
solutely looked horrible!).
Make noise: Shout, holler,
hoot, clap and use cowbells,
noise makers, rattles, whistles, boom boxes,
they are all welcome!
Play fast, fun rock and roll music from your
house/boombox. We love it.
Cheerleader yells, neighborhood im‑
promptu dance, etc. We love these kinds of
High fives! Runners won't disappoint kids
who offer high/low fives.
Use runnersʼ outfits to guide you with sup‑
portive yells, for example “Go Tech/Hokies!”
“Go Team in Training” “Looking great Runner
Guy,” etc.
Most runners have a great sense of humor, so
feel free to have fun signs or fun yells. If you
have a cup of joe in your hand, toast the run‑
ners with it, tease us with an offer to quit run‑
ning and have coffee instead (caution: only
do this in the beginning of the race before we
feel horrible and will take you up on quitting
and crashing on your lawn).
Here are some signs/cheers Ellie and Tony en‑
countered at different marathons that they
liked and were amused by: “Nice legs” “(Bald)
runners are sexy!” “Glad itʼs you and not me :)”
“Youʼre all Kenyans (today)!” “Runners rock!” “I
got up to watch you run” “Caution: crazy peo‑
ple in loud colors around you!”
Tony says, “One of my favorite things Iʼve
heard in a race was the completely unaware
comment from a spectator to a runner whose
name was on his shirt at mile 20 of the
Chicago Marathon when I felt like I was going
to get sick, ʻKeep it up, Chuck.ʼ At mile 20, ʻup‑
chuckʼ was comedy gold.”
Say “You're almost there” unless youʼre cheer‑
ing on miles 20 to near finish line.
Shout “Donʼt walk! Keep running!” Itʼs normal
and perfectly acceptable for runners to walk
at times (due to bonking, muscle cramps, de‑
hydrating, trying to eat/drink, hit the wall, or
just taking regular walk breaks as in doing the
Galloway method).
Say “Hurry up! Run faster!” when you see a
struggling runner or a slower runner passing by.
Spell out the mile the runner is at or how many
more miles to run. Runners keep track of the
miles and their paces, so if theyʼre already
struggling this would really tick them off.
Just stand there. Runners know youʼre out to
cheer on your friends/family/a specific run‑
ner. But it is so depressing when we pass by a
group of spectators who just look at us qui‑
etly the whole 2 minutes we pass by. At least
CLAP, please!
Emily Conklin loves to hear those cheers!
“When I ran the Richmond Marathon in 2007
the most inspiration thing a spectator can do
is cheer you on personally. Itʼs great when
they either shout your bib
number or your name on your
jersey. It really pushes me for‑
ward and push out the last
few miles.”
She also appreciates
spectators not using the race course as their
“political or religious soap box. The local race
scene is for positive unity.”
“Itʼs always awesome to have anyone
out there to cheer us on! I love it and it keeps
me coming back for more,” she adds.
Jason Schoener finds cheering
crowds help his performance.
“My friends from dental school
and William and Mary get to
see me when I race in Rich‑
mond. Having friends cheer
for you is the best thing. I am also familiar
with the race courses in the area so I know
where to race more aggressively and when to
relax,” he says.
“There isn't a whole lot to dislike about
people cheering for you unless they are com‑
menting on your short shorts! I enjoy every‑
thing about cheering crowds and I try my
best to give them something to cheer about.”
Kyra Oliver enjoys cama‑
raderie with fellow runners.
When the spectators call out
“go runner” or “good job” it is
a huge help. And if they see
your name printed on your shirt, it is great to
get “Go Oliver!”
When a friend or family member has com‑
mitted to being at a certain location, this pro‑
vides an incredible amount of support. If they
bring along a small bottle of water with a pop
up top, that is even better!
When a fellow runner meets me at a certain
point in a marathon to help pace me.
It is tough when the spectators donʼt say any‑
thing! We need support.
When spectators that you do not know try
to give you water. It is appreciated, but a
risk to take anything from someone you do
not know.
Read more on: Schoener page 25;
Bertram page 26; and Basch page 30. | 9
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Dear Race Participant,
Now in its 32nd year, the SunTrust Richmond Marathon continues to grow and im‑
prove thanks to the overwhelming support of the Richmond community. It is amaz‑
ing to see the thousands of volunteers on race weekend giving so much of their time
to support the runners. We have groups that come back year after year to work
water stops. Volunteers even take vacation time to help out at the race expo.
Runnerʼs World has once again shown its support by hosting their marathon chal‑
lenge in Richmond this year. Fifteen of the editors and staff of the magazine will be
in town participating alongside everyone else on the streets of Richmond. While
Runnerʼs World has named the race “Americaʼs Friendliest Marathon” it is the out‑
standing runner support from the volunteers, cheering groups, bands, spectators
and even the police that make this race special. There are no real gimmicks to this
race unless thatʼs what you call wet wash clothes and junk food stops. This race is
built on the collective positive spirit that is both contagious and inspiring.
Please join me in thanking the individuals that have come together to make this
race such a success. A quick thank you or even a smile is all they need to come back
again next year.
Good luck with your race and we hope you enjoy your run through Richmondʼs
beautiful neighborhoods.
Jon Lugbill
Race Director
Table of Contents
Thursday, November 12
5 p.m. – 9 p.m. Health & Fitness Expo, Packet pick‑up and walk‑up registration
at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center
Friday, November 13
11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Health & Fitness Expo, Packet pick‑up and walk‑up registration
at the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center
11:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Bus tours of marathon course leaving from Expo
(advance registration recommended)
6 p.m. – 8 p.m. Pasta dinner at the Omni Hotel (Sold Out)
7 p.m. Richmond Times‑Dispatch Kids Run at The Diamond
adjacent to the Arthur Ashe Athletic Center
Saturday, November 14
7 a.m. sharp 8k start (9th & Broad St.)
7:30 a.m. sharp Half Marathon start (7th & Broad St.)
8 a.m. sharp Marathon start (7th & Broad St.)
8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Finish Line Festival
11 a.m. Half Marathon course closes
3 p.m. Marathon course closes
Packet Pick‑Up/Race Expo
Expo Parking
Free Downtown Shuttle to Expo
Walk‑Up Registration
Switching Races
Marathon Course Tours Available on Friday
Marathon Pace Teams
SunTrust Richmond Marathon Merchandise
Donate Life
Important Note About Race Start Times
Race Day Parking
Parking Near the Start
Parking Near the Finish
UPS Bag Check Available to All Runners
Pre‑Race Support
Free pre‑race McCafé from McDonald's
Event features disposable timing chip
RACE DAY (continued) 13
Starting Corrals
CLIF Shot and POWERade Flavors
Medical Assistance
Marathon Time Limits
Past Winners
Event Maps
Start & Finish Areas 14
SunTrust Richmond 15
McDonald's Half Marathon 16
HCA VA 8K 17
RTD Kids Run 18
Post 19
Post‑Race Celebration
Friends & Family Can Follow Your Progress
Prize Money/Awards
Event DOs and DONʼTs
Race Results
Race Coverage on Richmondʼs NBC12
Race Photos
Marathon Certificates
Results in the Richmond Times‑Dispatch
Post‑Race Massages
Out‑of‑Town Runnersʼ Shower Facilities
Lost & Found
Party 20
Sports Backers Upcoming Events 21
Sponsors 22
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Packet Pick‑Up/Race Expo
Packet pick‑up will be available at the Health
& Fitness Expo held at the Arthur Ashe Ath‑
letic Center on Thursday, November 12 from
5 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, November 13
from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. THERE IS NO RACE
DAY PACKET PICK‑UP! A photo ID is re‑
quired to pick up your race packet. You may
pick up a race packet for another pre‑regis‑
tered runner, provided you have a copy of
their photo ID.
Expo Parking
The Arthur Ashe Center has 2,000 FREE park‑
ing spaces located in the surface lots outside
the building. For directions, visit our Web site.
Free Downtown
Shuttle to Expo
Participants staying in downtown hotels may
wish to take advantage of the free shuttle
service to the Expo/packet pick‑up. The shut‑
tle will be running from in front of the atrium
entrance of the Omni Richmond Hotel on
Cary Street near 12th Street. The shuttles will
run on a continuous loop and will depart
from the Omni and the Arthur Ashe Center
on the hour and on the half hour during Expo
hours. The last shuttle will depart from the
Omni one half hour before the Expo closes
each day with the final return service leaving
the Expo right after closing time.
Walk‑Up Registration
Walk‑up registration will be held at the
Health & Fitness Expo at the Arthur Ashe Ath‑
letic Center on Thursday, November 12 from
5 to 9 p.m. and on Friday, November 13 from
11 a.m. to 9 p.m. THERE IS NO RACE DAY REG‑
Switching Races
If you are already signed up for one race and
want to switch to another, you may do so, in
person, at the race Expo. There is a $10 fee to
do so, along with any applicable entry fee
Marathon Course Tours
Available on Friday
Members of the Richmond Road Runners
Club will be leading bus tours of the SunTrust
Richmond Marathon course on Friday, No‑
vember 13. All buses will depart from the
Race Expo/packet pick‑up. Each bus has a ca‑
pacity of 46 passengers plus one tour guide.
Each tour of the marathon course will last ap‑
proximately 1 hour and 45 minutes. To guar‑
antee a spot, sign up on a first‑come, first‑
served basis on the race Web site.
Marathon Pace Teams
The Richmond Road Runners Club has lined
up experienced pacers to help marathoners
achieve their finish time goal. The Marathon
Pace Team features finish times of 3 hours,
3:10, and then fifteen‑minute increments
from 3:15 to 5:15. Visit the race Web site in ad‑
vance or stop by the Richmond Road Runners
Club booth at the Expo.
SunTrust Richmond Marathon
Leave yourself time at the Expo to check out
the latest SunTrust Richmond Marathon mer‑
chandise. With a great selection of running
apparel and commemorative items, thereʼs
sure to be something for everyone on your
shopping list. You can also visit our Web site
and purchase these items online.
Donate Life
Donate Life, the official
race charity, will be on
hand at the Expo and on
race day to sign‑up any‑
one interested in be‑
coming an organ and
tissue donor. In addi‑
tion, they will be giving
away special signature
Donate Life gear to be worn during the event
by anyone whose life has been touched by
organ or tissue donation.
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Important Note About
Race Start Times
Each race will begin promptly at its
designated start time. Participants are
responsible for being on‑time for the
start of their race. Starting mats must
be turned off and move immediately
after the start of each race, so late‑
comers are in danger of not receiving
an accurate start time.
Race Day Parking
With over 90 parking decks and lots in
the downtown area, there is plenty of
parking available on Race Day. The
Start & Finish lines are located only six
blocks apart. For a complete map of
downtown public parking, visit It is rec‑
ommended that 8k runners park near
the start to allow for more parking
near the finish for marathoners and
half marathoners. Here is a partial list‑
ing of the parking decks/lots open and
offering special rates on Race Day:
Parking Near the Start
(recommended for 8k entrants)
3rd & Marshall
5th & Marshall
7th & Marshall
8th & Marshall (surface lot)
5th & Broad (surface lot)
8th & Grace/Franklin
Parking Near the Finish
Federal Reserve (5th & Byrd)
James Center (10th & Canal)
Crowne Plaza (5th & Canal)
3rd & Main (surface lot)
4th & Cary (surface lot)
UPS Bag Check Available
to All Runners
UPS will offer bag
check on race morn‑
ing on Broad Street
between 8th & 9th
Streets Volunteers will
be on‑hand to help
you attach the tear‑off
tag on your bib num‑
ber to your bag. Once
you have finished your race, you can pick up
your bag at the Finish Line Festival.
Complimentary Pre‑race
McCafé Available to Runners
All event partici‑
pants can pick up
a complimentary
cup of McCafé
provided by Mc‑
Donaldʼs begin‑
ning at 6 a.m. in
the post race area
at 10th & Cary
Street. Come try a
McCafé Mocha, Latte or Hot Chocolate!
Event features disposable
timing chip
The marathon, half marathon and 8k are all
timed using the ChronoTrack “D” Race Timing
Tag, a light‑weight disposable timing device.
The “D” timing tag will only record your time
if you detach it from your bib and correctly at‑
tach it to your shoe through your laces. In‑
structions on the back of your bib will explain
how to properly attach the “D” tag to your
shoes. Please follow these directions carefully
so that you do not damage your timing “D”
tag to ensure that you are timed properly.
Marathon Course = M Half Marathon Course = H 8k Course = 8k
Diamond Mountain
Springs Berry Blast CLIF Porta Party Junk Wet
Mile Water POWERade Shot Johns Music Zone Food Wash Cloths
Start M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k
1 M H 8k
2 M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k
3 M H 8k
4 M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k
5 M H
6 M H M H M H M H H
7 M H M
8 M H M H H M H H
9 H H H H H
10 M H M H M H M H H
11 H H H M H
12 M H M H M M H
13 M M
14 M M M M M
16 M M M M M
17 M M
18 M M M M
19 M M
20 M M M M
21 M M M M M
22 M M M M M
23 M M M M M
24 M M M M
25 M M M M
Finish M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k M H 8k
Pre‑Race Support
• Pre‑race water will be available at the start area on the north side of Broad Street near 8th Street.
• Medical Tents will be located in the start area, on the south side of Broad Street between 7th &
8th Street, and adjacent to the finish area. Medical support is provided by HCA Virginia.
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Starting Corrals
SunTrust Richmond Marathon
Corral # Bib Sequence Predicted Times
1 1 – 1500 3:40 & under
2 1501 – 3000 3:41 – 4 hours
3 3001 – 4500 4:01 ‑ 4:30
4 4501 – 6000 4:31 & over
McDonaldʼs Half Marathon
Corral # Bib Sequence Predicted Times
1 6001 – 7500 1:59 & under
2 7501 – 9000 2 hours ‑ 2:09
3 9001 – 11000 2:10 ‑ 2:29
4 11001 – 13000 2:30 & over
HCA Virginia 8k
Corral # Bib Sequence Predicted Times
1 13001 – 14500 :45 & under
2 14501 – 16000 :46 ‑ :55
3 16001 – 17500 :56 – 1:10
4 17501 – 19000 1:11 & over
CLIF Shot and POWERade Flavors
Assorted flavors of CLIF Shot will be offered at miles
14 and 21 of the marathon and mile 8 of the half
marathon. Mountain Berry Blast POWERade (the blue
stuff) will be served at every water stop.
Medical Assistance
HCA Virginia will provide medical assistance at the
start and finish line and bike medics will be patrolling
the course.
Seven Hour Marathon and
3½ Hour Half Marathon Limit
The marathon has a course time limit of 7 hours and
the half marathon has a 3½‑hour limit. In order to fin‑
ish within those times, you will need to maintain a
16:02 per mile pace or you will be asked to move to
the sidewalk to enable the reopening of the streets
to vehicular traffic. At that time, there will no longer
be traffic protection, medical aid, or water stops of‑
fered. There will be four designated checkpoints
along the marathon course with shuttles available to
take participants back to the finish area if anyone
does not reach a checkpoint by these times:
Mile 7 by 9:58 a.m.
Mile 11 by 11:02 a.m.
Mile 16 by 12:22 p.m.
Mile 20 by 1:26 p.m.
Past Marathon Winners
2008 Jyocel Basweti 2:22:22 Kristin Price 2:45:02
2007 Mohamed Awol 2:22:20 Casey Smith 2:44:57
2006 Asnake Fekadu 2:20:23 Maureen Ackerly 2:53:14
2005 Andrei Gordeev 2:14:32 Marina Bychkova 2:42:40
2004 Elly Rono 2:17:55 Tammy Slusser 2:56:40
2003 Elly Rono 2:15:36 Dorota Gruca 2:44:22
2002 Elly Rono 2:16:02 Maggie Chan‑Roper 2:37:53
2001 Reuben Chesang 2:17:49 Dorota Gruca 2:36:16
2000 Michael Harrison 2:31:00 Irina Suvorova 2:31:25
1999 Davis Kamau 2:24:48 Mindy Sawtelle 2:46:13
1998 Tim Covington 2:23:51 Senoria Clarke 2:48:51
1997 Mike Fitch 2:30:13 Shelia Gallop 3:17:43
1996 Tim Covington 2:33:31 Bee Andrews 3:02:06
1995 Michael Harrison 2:33:20 Patty Valadka 2:55:21
1994 Tim Covington 2:26:41 Patty Valadka 3:01:32
1993 Michael Harrison 2:35:18 Bee Andrews 2:59:07
1992 Michael Harrison 2:28:15 Shelia Gallop 3:02:14
1991 Thad Jones 2:30:15 Cecil Astrop 3:04:47
1990 James Coleman 2:35:31 Albina Galiamova 2:42:50
1989 Walt Adams 2:30:17 Cecil Astrop 3:11:40
1988 Walt Adams 2:24:14 Bee Andrews 2:54:18
1987 Walt Adams 2:27:51 Deborah Snagg 2:57:18
1986 Walt Adams 2:22:10 Marge Rosasco 2:58:25
1985 Sean O'Flynn 2:21:50 Patty Croasdale 3:06:17
1984 Sean O'Flynn 2:29:55 Carolyn Harrison 3:13:56
1983 Robbie Perkins 2:20:12 Kathy Thomas 3:04:40
1982 Sean O'Flynn 2:22:54 Kathy Heckman 2:54:43
1981 Robbie Pecht 2:19:16 Jennifer Amyx 3:05:04
1980 Ben Wilson 2:23:22 Kathy Thomas 3:06:18
1979 Hillary Tuwei 2:22:26 Susan Crowe 3:09:31
1978 David Ruggles 2:28:49 Bobbie Allen 3:15:40
Past Half Marathon Winners
2008 Derese Deniboba 1:06:50 Alemtsehay Misganaw 1:18:34
Past 8k Winners
2008 Robert Letting 22:42 Jane Murage 25:48
2007 Rod Koborsi 22:41 Caroline Chepkorir 26:20
2006 Samuel Ndereba 22:20 Magdalene Mukunzi 25:24
2005 Vyacheslav Shabunin 23:03 Tetyana Hladyr 26:00
2004 Ian Connor 23:24 Teresa Wanjiku 26:22
2003 Joseph Mwai 23:21 Jou Lia Gromova 25:47
2002 Shadrack Kosgei 22:39 Lyupmila Biktrsheva 26:44
2001 Shadrack Kosgei 22:36 Caroline Zajac‑Tynan 26:16
2000 Leonard Mucheru 22:58 Svetlana Zakharova 25:36
1999 Leonard Mucheru 22:50 Tania Jones 26:53
1998 Terrence Herrington 23:05 Irina Bogacheva 26:45
1997 Walt Adams 25:42 Cristi Ferran 30:11
1996 Paul Vandegrift 24:37 Kate Dolan 30:19
1995 Bruce Berger 25:48 Kristi Lynch 32:27
1994 Jeffrey Hough 24:52 Terry Bruner 30:26
1993 Jeffrey Hough 25:00 Terry Bruner 31:15
1992 Des Proctor 24:35 Lynn MacDougall 27:54
1991 Larry Cluff 25:12 Inna Pushkariova 27:03
1990 Mikhail Dasko 23:46 Olga Markova 27:47
BOLD indicates race record
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Don’t miss the event
named one of the
10 best running races
in the country by
USA Today!
Enjoy the rockin’ music and imaginative cheers
from the Spirit Groups along the scenic, tree-
lined medians. Soak in the cheers from
thousands of partying spectators. Celebrate
people-watching at its best as costumed
runners and walkers mingle among the 35,000
participants. Then join the awesome post-race
party in Monroe Park. It’s no wonder that the
event has been named one of the top 10
running races in the country by USA Today!
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The Kids Run takes place at The Diamond
(adjacent to the Arthur Ashe Center Expo lo‑
cation) on Friday, November 13 at 7 p.m.
Participants will line up under the lights by
age group near the signs corresponding to
the color of their bib number. The older age
groups will start in front of the younger age
groups. One adult may accompany any child
age 8 or under while they are on the course.
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Kids Run Meeting Area
The Kids Run Meeting Area is a secure place,
manned by helpful volunteers, for partici‑
pants to meet their parents and friends. All
parents must meet their children in the des‑
ignated Kids Run Meeting Area after the chil‑
dren finish the race.
Kids Run
General Information
• The race begins at 7 p.m. sharp.
• One parent may run with any child age
eight or younger.
• Kids Run participants will not be timed.
There will be a clock at the Finish for
those interested in noting their own fin‑
ish time. As the finishers enter the Finish
Line chute, they will receive a medal and
refreshments and then will be directed to
the Meeting Area.
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Post‑Race Celebration
After crossing the finish line, all race participants will be greeted by
helpful volunteers who will provide plenty of complimentary food
and beverages. Enjoy great live music, free massages, and bring your
family to enjoy the variety of post‑race activities.
Friends & Family
Can Follow Your Progress Electronically is proud to offer live splits and results for all event partic‑
ipants on the race Web site. The site will provide 13.1 and 20‑mile
splits for marathoners, 10k splits for half marathoners, and finish re‑
sults for all three races. You can also sign up race week for Mobile Text
Alerts by visiting our Web site.
Prize Money/Awards
Prize money and other awards will be available as follows:
Place Marathon Half Marathon 8k
1 $2,500 $1,000 $1,000
2 $1,500 $500 $500
3 $750 $250 $250
4 $500 $150 $150
5 $250 $100 $100
Additional awards will be presented to the top five in all age groups
in all three races. Overall awards are determined by clock time; age
group awards by chip time.
The Awards Ceremony for overall winners will take place in the fin‑
ish line area immediately after each race. Awards for age group win‑
ners in both races will be mailed out after the race.
Event DOs and DONʼTs
For the enjoyment of all participants and spectators, please adhere to
the following event rules:
• No strollers, baby joggers, animals on leashes, skateboards,
skates, bicycles or handcycles will be allowed on the course.
This will be strictly enforced.
• No one other than registered race participants may cross
the finish line. Please do not have anyone join you for the
final stretch. This is strictly enforced.
• The post‑race food area is for runners only. Please do not
bring family members in with you.
Race Results
Full results will be available at by Satur‑
day evening, November 14.
Race Coverage on Richmondʼs NBC12
Be sure to watch for stories and marathon
coverage on Richmondʼs NBC12 News the
week leading up to the marathon. On race
morning, there will be live coverage of the
marathon start and finish. And on Sunday,
Nov. 15 at 1:30 p.m., tune in for a half hour race recap show that will
capture all the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of Americaʼs Friend‑
liest Marathon...only on NBC12.
Post Race
Race Photos
Brightroom professional photographers will be taking runner photos
along the course for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, McDonaldʼs
Half Marathon, and HCA Virginia 8k. Be sure to wear your bib number
where it can be seen, and smile when you see the Brightroom team.
Then, visit the race Web site late in the week of November 15 to see
your photos.
Marathon & Half Marathon
Finisher Certificates
The SunTrust Richmond Marathon is teaming up with Brightroom Pho‑
tography to provide FREE finisher certificates to any marathoner or half
marathoner who wants one. Just visit your personal photo page on the
Brightroom Web site late in the week after the race to redeem it.
See Your Results in the
Richmond Times‑Dispatch
Get full race coverage and results from
the Sunday, November 15 Richmond
Times‑Dispatch mailed to you! Visit the
“Participant Information” page on the
race Web site to order your copy.
Post‑Race Massages
The American Institute of Massage will be providing complimentary
massages for marathoners and half marathoners on race day inside
the Omni Hotel adjacent to the finish area. Over 20 different massage
therapists will be available to provide a helping hand for those tired
muscles. Massages will be available from 9 a.m.–2 p.m.
Shower Facilities Available
for Out‑of‑Town Runners
The Downtown YMCA will provide shower facilities to participants
after the race. The Downtown YMCA is located at the corner of N.
Adams Street & Franklin Street, near the end of the marathon course
about 10 blocks from the finish line. Please bring your race number
with you on race day and show it to the front desk. Towels are not pro‑
vided, so be sure to bring your own.
Lost & Found
• Lost and found items will be taken to the Sports Backers office on
Monday, November 16. If you lose something, you can call 804‑285‑
9495 or email
• If you find valuables on race day, please turn them in to the SunTrust
Richmond Marathon Volunteer Check‑in table on the 2nd floor of the
Omni Hotel.
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SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zones
Cater to Spectators
Friends or relatives wanting to spectate along
the course will want to visit one of our spe‑
cial SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zones. Each loca‑
tion will feature music, refreshments and an
on‑air personality. These Party Zones will
serve as a hub for spectators to show their
support and enthusiasm.
For friends and family of marathon com‑
petitors we have put together a spectator
tour of the course. The tour includes the start
and finish of the marathon as well as three
different spots on the marathon course. Be‑
cause of road closings, the preferred routes
are sometimes different than you would nor‑
mally travel.
SunTrust Richmond Marathon
Party Zones
Recommended Directions
Start (Broad Street and 7th Street)
It is recommended that you park north of
Broad Street for the start of the race. There is
a large surface parking lot just off 9th street
north of Marshall. This is a good lot for spec‑
tators. After watching the start of the race
you will want to go to the first party spot at
River Road Shopping Center
Starbuckʼs River Road Shopping Center
(Mile 7)
Take 7th street north to Interstate 95 North.
Once on 95 North take 64 West. Get off at the
Glenside Drive Exit (heading south). Make a
right turn on Forest Avenue. Follow Forest for
several miles and it will cross Patterson Av‑
enue. Continue on Forest and it will eventu‑
ally turn into Ridge. Stay straight on Ridge
until River Road. Go left on River Road for ½
mile. River Road Shopping Center is on your
right. Park in the shopping center lot and the
party spot will be across Huguenot Road in
front of Starbucks. Do not park on the Star‑
bucks side of the road. You will get trapped
by the runners.
CVS on Forest Hill Avenue (Mile 12.9)
From River Road Shopping Center proceed
south on Cary Street across the Huguenot
Bridge. Continue on the Huguenot Bridge
until Chippenham Park way (Route 150) and
take the second exit heading east. Take Chip‑
penham Parkway east until Jahnke Road.
Make a right turn onto Jahnke Road and go
back under Chippenham Parkway. Make a
right turn onto Forest Hill Avenue. Park on
the right hand side of the road by Blockbuster
and cross the street by foot to the party in the
CVS lot.
If you are leaving and Huguenot Bridge is
Closed. Return on River Road going west.
Continue until Parham Road (150). You will
make a right turn off of River Road to get on
the exit ramp and at the light at the end of
the ramp make a left and go south and east
on Parham Road (150). Parham Road turns
into Chippenham Parkway once you cross
the James River. Take Chippenham Parkway
east until Jahnke Road. Make a right turn
onto Jahnke Road and go back under Chip‑
penham Parkway. Make a right turn onto For‑
est Hill Avenue. Park on the right hand side of
the road by Blockbuster and cross the street
by foot to the party in the CVS lot.
CVS on the Boulevard (Mile 19)
Return the way you came on Jahnke Road
and get on Chippenham Parkway heading
west. Take the first exit onto the Powhite
Parkway heading north. Have 70 cents ready
for the toll booth. Stay on Powhite Parkway
across the river. Stay in the left Lane and con‑
tinue on 195 North. In two miles you will see
an exit onto 95 south. Take 95 South and at
the first exit after ¼ mile get off on the Boule‑
vard. At the bottom of the exit ramp take a
right hand turn. Stay in the right lane and you
will cross over an overpass over the railroad
tracks. The party spot is on your left prior to
the intersection with Broad Street. Park on
the right hand side of the road. (Do not drive
across the runnersʼ path or you will get
trapped by the runners).
Finish Line Festival (Mile 26.2)
Take the Boulevard to the north and get onto
I‑95 North. Once on 95 stay right and exit
right away onto 64 west and 195 south. Get
into the left lane on the exit ramp and take
195 south. After 2 miles exit onto the Down‑
town Expressway (50 cent toll). Get off at the
7th and 9th Street exit off of the Downtown
Expressway. Stay right on the exit ramp and
this puts you onto Byrd Street. Go left at 10th
Street and park on the street or in parking lots
in this area. The finish line is at 10th and Cary.
McDonaldʼs Half Marathon
Party Zone
Recommended Directions
Start (Broad Street and 7th Street)
It is recommended that you park north of
Broad Street for the start of the race. There is
a large surface parking lot just off 9th Street
north of Marshall. This is a good lot for spec‑
tators. After watching the start of the race
you will want to go to the party zone at
Bryan Park.
Bryan Park Party Zone (Mile 7)
Take 7th Street north to Interstate 95 North.
Once on 95 North take the Hermitage Road
exit. At the end of the exit ramp stay to the
right onto Westbrook Avenue. Make a right
turn at the light onto Hermitage Road. Go
past the entrance to Bryan Park and make a
left turn at the bottom of the hill on Bryan
Park Drive. Park on Bryan Park Drive or in the
surrounding neighborhood. Walk across the
bridge across the lake to the Bryan Park
Party Zone.
Finish Line Festival
(9th and Cary Street) (Mile 13.1)
Take Bryan Park Drive back to Hermitage
Road and make a right. Get onto Interstate
95 heading south. After 5 miles exit onto the
Downtown Expressway which is exit 74a.
Stay in the right lane and get off at the first
exit onto Canal Street. You will need to pay a
$.30 toll. The exit ramp puts you on Canal
Street at 10th Street. You are one block from
the finish line. There is on‑street parking as
well as parking garages in this area.
Party Zones
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March 27 Ukropʼs Monument Avenue 10k
Enjoy the rockinʼ music and imaginative cheers
from the Spirit Groups along the scenic, tree‑
lined medians. Soak in
the cheers from thou‑
sands of partying spec‑
tators. Celebrate people‑
watching at its best as
costumed runners and walkers mingle among
the 35,000 participants. Then join the awe‑
some post‑race party in Monroe Park. Itʼs all
part of the Ukropʼs Monument Avenue 10k,
named one of the best running races in the
country by USA Today!
April 24‑25 National Duathlon Festival
Whether youʼre a
first‑time duathlete
or a hard‑core com‑
petitor, there is
something for everyone at the National
Duathlon Festival! Historic downtown Rich‑
mond plays host to all things Duathlon (a run‑
bike‑run event). Stay in a downtown hotel and
walk to the transition area, restaurants, and
shopping. The post‑race tailgate party, on‑
course spectator party zone and vendor expo
combined with great racing provides for one
awesome Du weekend!
May 15‑16 Dominion Riverrock
This celebration of Richmondʼs active river life
unites the community through a unique mix of
adventure sports, music
and fun, set against the
backdrop of Rich‑
mondʼs downtown
riverfront. Featuring live music, a mud run, an
acrobatic freestyle bike competition, the high‑
flying Ultimate Air Dogs event, the James River
Scramble trail run, mountain biking, kayaking
and much more.
June 5 Anthem Stride Through Time 10k
Showcasing Rich‑
mondʼs treasure trove
of historic sites in a
10k walk, the course
passes by more than 15 of downtown Rich‑
mondʼs historical attractions and highlighting
the cityʼs 400‑year history.
July 24‑25
U.S. Army 3 on 3 Summer Hoops
Bring your game to Richmondʼs biggest 3 on 3
basketball showcase and take part in the thrills
of the U.S. Army 3 on 3 Summer Hoops tourna‑
ment. Teams of all ages take their shot at being
the best in their division. In between games,
challenge your friends to dribbling and shoot‑
ing competitions on the contest court. Throw
in the Slam Dunk contest, music, food and cool
sponsor giveaways and youʼll see why this
event rocks!
August 21 Anthem Moonlight Ride
Howl at the full moon
and celebrate the joy of
cycling at the Anthem
Moonlight Ride. Let your
wild side show by deco‑
rating your bike and winning the best bike cos‑
tume award. The Anthem Moonlight Ride
starts and finishes at Sports Backers Stadium
and features a short "Half Moon" (8 miles) or a
longer “Full Moon” (17 miles) route through
the North side and near West End.
Aug. 29 Patrick Henry Half Marathon
Named for
Hanover Countyʼs
famous Colonial‑
era patriot, Patrick
Henry, who proclaimed the Revolutionary
Warʼs rallying cry, “give me liberty or give me
death,” the 13.1‑mile race starts and finishes in
Poor Farm Park in Hanover County, traversing
both rolling countryside and Ashlandʼs scenic
railroad district.
Sept. 24‑25
U.S. Army X‑country Festival at Maymont
Maymont provides a
spectacular setting for
one the premier running
festivals in the country.
Youʼll run in the shadow of the opulent 1893
Maymont House, over tree‑lined hills and fields
and past wildlife areas filled with bison, deer
and other animals. Along with the 5k and Half
Marathon divisions for participants of all ages
and shorter distance events for Elementary and
Middle School kids, the event also features a
high school meet.
Nov. 13 SunTrust Richmond Marathon,
McDonaldʼs Half Marathon & HCA Virginia 8k
The SunTrust Richmond Marathon has been
recognized in Runner's World magazine as a
“Must Do” marathon. Come experience “Amer‑
icaʼs Friendliest Marathon” and follow a course
that tours Richmondʼs old neighborhoods,
alongside the James River, then through the
campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.
Sports Backers Upcoming Events
The Sports Backers own or assist with over 40
different sporting events each year. For our full
calendar of events, or for more information
about any of the events listed below, visit
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Turner Broughton Signage
Matt Carr Signage
Sarah Copeland Shuttle/Pasta Dinner
Eileen Cowel SunTrust Support
Doug Cutter Medical
Patty Dean LifeNet
Will Dixon Set‑up/Break‑down
Mercer Ferguson Course Entertainment
Jeff Fitch Sponsorship
Jay Fournier Course Marshals
Ro Gammon Half Marathon Training Team
Betsy Garber Registration
Don Garber Training Team Coach
Marcy George Post‑Race Food/walk‑up Regist
Michael George Start/Finish Line
Fran Gilday Registration/Finish Line
Melissa Gordon McDonald's
Mary Marshall Graeber Volunteers
Leah Harms Course Entertainment
Faith Hecht Kids Run
Jackie Holt PR/Communications
Chrissy Jenkins Event Charity
Wayne Kelley Water Stops
Meghan Keogh Expo
Hugh Kerr Party Stops
Stephanie Kirksey Awards
Dona Lawson Accounting
Jay Lenzi Water Stops
Mike Levins Registration
Jon Lugbill Race Director
Ray Patterson Community Affairs
John Raigins Equipment/Warehouse
Lisa Randolph Event Operations
J.C. Sadler HCAVA
Rick Salamida Water Stops
Lisa Schaffner UNOS
Scott Schricker Media & Marketing
Megan Silva Medical Support/Signage
Thom Suddeth Elite Athletes
Tiffany Sy Sponsorship
Jim Templeman Finish Line
Evie Wilkerson Sag Wagon Coordinator
Carl Wilson Start Area
Race Committee
An Event of the
Special thanks to all the sponsors, volunteers and participants who make the SunTrust Richmond Marathon possible.
For marathon stand-out Jason Schoener
what began as a family tradition has be-
come a life of athletic achievement. A
graduate of William and Mary Univer-
sity—and now a third-year student at the
VCU School of Dentistry—Schoener
began running as a family activity.
“I started running 11 years ago when
I was a freshman in high school. I was
cut from the school baseball team so
I started running with my dad,”
Schoener says. His father had
participated in track for
Michigan State University.
Initially running for
pleasure with his father or
high school friends,
Schoener would take
on just two or three
miles. His serious in-
terest in track and
long distance running
evolved while he at-
tended William &
Mary, where he was a
three-time member of
the All-Colonial Ath-
letic Association Team;
a 4-time All-East Confer-
ence member; and he
won the 10,000m Penn Re-
lays Championship in 2005.
His passion for mar-
athons grew when Schoener
set his sights on qualifying for the
2007 Olympic Trials in New York City.
“I fell way short of my goal to qualify
for the trials at the Twin Cities
Marathon, but I still qualified for
Boston,” he explains.
Prior to his run in Boston, he
maintained a pretty intense
competitive calendar. Three
weeks following his completion
of the Medtronic Twin Cities
Marathon 2007 (2:45:02),
Schoener placed 9th (24:07) in
the Ntelos 8K in Richmond.
In his last race leading up to
Boston in 2008, he ran the Ukrop’s
Monument Avenue 10k—which
was also the USA 10k Champi-
onships—placing 13th with a time
of 29:55.
The decision to enter the 2008
Boston Marathon would turn out to be a
milestone moment. Of the 25,283 en-
trants, he came in 14th overall and took
second among Americans with a time of
2:19:22. He was also one of the top 15 fin-
ishers to share the same stage as four-time
Boston winner Robert Cheruiyot of Kenya.
Only three Americans were in the top 15.
The feat earned him notoriety as a
rising star in the national running com-
munity and a sponsorship from Mizuno.
For the last eighteen months, during
his recovery from two different injuries
sustained at the Boston event,
Schoener has been anxious to get
back to racing. “It is my goal to
run under 2:19 next fall and
qualify for the 2012
Olympic trials in the
marathon,” he says.
He has signed
up for this year’s
McDonald’s Half
Marathon but
may run the HCA
Virginia 8k de-
pending on his
health. “Either
way I am going
to be excited to
get back into
In addition to
his long-term goal
for the Olympics,
Schoener is devel-
oping a charity road
race for the Mission of
Mercy (MOM) dental
project and Give Kids a
Smile program. The MOM
project was started in 2000 and
travels to remote areas of the
state where Virginians re-
ceive free dental care. Vir-
ginia was the first state to
start this program that
provides millions of dol-
lars in free healthcare
and now over 10 other
states have adopted
this program.
“I am working with
other dental students to
organize a 10k in Septem-
ber 2010,”he explains. “We
are working to have an
amazing course and spon-
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A graduate student at the VCU Center for Sport Leadership,
Mary Bertram is also a graduate assistant for the VCU Men’s
cross country and track and field teams. With an eye on event
management and coaching for a career, Bertram is an avid ath-
lete who has competed in cross country and ran in the 2008
SunTrust Richmond Marathon and plans to run in this year’s
event. SBQ caught up with Bertram to talk about her training
and participation in competitions:
What activities do you participate in to keep in shape?
I currently run about 70-85 miles a week and try to get in the
weight room 3 or 4 times a week.
What was it like running the SunTrust Richmond Marathon for
the first time?
I really enjoyed the marathon and it was a great first marathon
to do. I pretty much had no idea what I was doing as I had de-
cided to run it just the week before, but race day went very
smoothly for me.It also helped that part of the marathon course
was where I ran most runs with my cross country team. Run-
ning the SunTrust Richmond Marathon made me want to run
more marathons, which makes the race a success in my mind.
How do you prepare for an event?
I like to be ready to warm up about an hour before the start
time. I usually jog for a few minutes, stretch, and then get in a
good 15 minute run to get my legs fully awake and ready (al-
though there is plenty of time in a marathon to do that).
Is your family active and supportive of your activities?
Both of my parents are very active and are the reason why I got
into running in the first place. My dad is currently an avid road-
biker and last year,when I ran in the Kiawah marathon,my mom
ran the half-marathon. My three siblings are also active and all
three run. My sister swam in college but has recently picked up
running, my older sister runs and does BodyPump classes, and
my brother ran at Elon University and continues to run. My fi-
ancé, John Tramazzo, has also been a huge supporter for me.
He has adjusted to a runner’s lifestyle of going to bed early and
getting up early and often bikes alongside me on my long runs
or will run with me on my shorter runs. He and my brother are
running in the Baltimore Half Marathon this weekend and I am
looking forward to being a spectator for once.
In what future events are you planning to participate?
I am currently training for a fall marathon,with the goal being to
run in the low 2:50s. After that, I’d like to run some 5Ks or 10Ks
on the track in the coming spring. I’m not sure what my next
marathon will be but the ones I definitely want to do are
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And if that’s not enough, Leah Husk and
her team of trainers are there to provide
various workout classes on a daily basis.
Classes include yoga, cycling, Boot Camp,
kickboxing, Pilates, and many others.
Teammates can even request classes like
the trendy Zumba workout that was re-
cently added to the schedule.
According to the U.S. Dept. of Health
and Human Services, escalating health
care costs continue to remain an issue
of great concern for many health pro-
fessionals, employers and insurance
companies. The latest statistics show that
80% of illnesses and disease are pre-
ventable. In addition, it’s a fact that
healthier employees spend fewer days
away from work due to illness. Corporate
wellness programs can alleviate depres-
sion and help employees manage their
time and stress levels more effectively, all
of which are contributing factors to
missed work days.
“In addition to our workout facility,
we have a wellness program where
teammates can take a health risk as-
sessment,” says Erika Davis, Owens &
Minor SVP Human Resources. “They get
feedback, and if they complete an on-
line health risk assessment and on site
health screening, they are eligible for a
wellness credit of $240 per year.
So it’s a win-win for O&M and its
teammates. The company benefits by
Husk: “Itʼs important to have that daily con‑
tact. It helps that they know that we are here
for them.”
Trainer Shannon Salisbury leads a yoga class
for Owens & Minor teammates.
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having healthier
teammates who miss
less work and typi-
cally have fewer
medical issues. The
teammates get free, un-
limited access to a
workout facility and var-
ious fitness classes even
an opportunity to save
on health care costs.
Husk agrees that
the advantages are al-
most immeasurable.
“We provide more
than just workout
classes. My trainers
and I actually bond
with the people here
and help motivate
and encourage them.
It makes their work-
place much more en-
joyable and productive.”
Having been with the company
since the new building was completed,
Husk and her trainers have been able to
get to know everyone who visits the
gym. They help create fitness goals and
they can follow the day-to-day progress
of each person.
“It’s important to have that daily
contact. It helps that they know that we
are here for them. They are not in this
alone,” says Husk. “Encouragement and
follow-up are important for a fitness pro-
gram to be successful.”
And if anyone has the notion that
fitness is just lip service at O&M, all you
need to do is visit the gym and see the
teammates sweating right alongside cor-
porate officers like Grace den Hartog,
Craig Smith, and Erika Davis. They are
often jogging and cycling with everyone
else in the gym. “I was part of the team
when we were building this office,”says
Davis. “A workout facility is crucial for us.
We’re in the business of healthcare, and
we pledge to take care of our team-
mates. We have had many success sto-
ries. One teammate received his results
from an on-site health screening, started
working out, and lost 100 pounds.”
“It’s very simple,”says Husk. “Compa-
nies that provide this type of benefit help
themselves and their teammates. And we
get to make a real difference in their lives.
That’s why I’ve been doing this for twenty-
plus years. It’s very rewarding.”
According to Erika Davis, Owens &
Minor SVP Human Resources, the
program offers a win‑win proposition
for the company and the teammates.
“We have had many success stories.
One guy got his recommendations,
started working out, and lost 100 pounds.”
Leah Husk assists
Jason Rooke.
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“I could have taken an approach where I
work out men and women equally,”Styles
said. “But there’s something really inspir-
ing [for me] about working out with
women. They give life and they’re so fun
and driven,and they open themselves up
in a way that men typically can’t.”
But Styles doesn’t just work with ran-
dom groups of women, she breaks them
down into what she calls communities,
which are workout groups based on a
woman’s age or stage of life. “I place the
women in my groups the way I do be-
cause of the aspect of community and
becoming a network with each other,”
“We are providing
a community.
You could
almost call it
a boutique.”
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Styles said.
For twenty-some-
thing women, Styles
offers what she calls a
Puma Bootcamp. For
those looking to trim
up before their wed-
ding, she offers Bride
Bootcamp. Just mar-
ried? Hitched Boot-
camp is for you. And, if
you’re over age of 35
years old, there’s even
a Cougar Bootcamp.
Styles has other boot-
camps in the works as
“We are providing
a community. You
could almost call it a
boutique,” Styles said
about her programs.
“When you walk in
the door, everyone
else in the group
knows your name and
the intimate details of
your life.”Unlike going
to a gym where the
only person you have
to keep you account-
able is yourself, the
communities almost
become a team. “By
not coming to a
workout, you’re dis-
appointing your
teammates,” Styles
The women that
attend Styles’ boot-
camps come from all
different backgrounds
and all different levels.
“I have girls that have
never stepped in the
gym, but I also have
marathon runners. It
doesn’t matter what
their experience level
For those who haven’t spent much
time in the gym, she offers free software
for clients’ iPhones or Blackberries that
include videos on how to do the group
workout routines on their own, at the
gym, throughout the week.
But Styles’ effort to help people in
the Richmond area live healthy lifestyles
doesn’t stop in the gym. She’s recently
partnered with Charleston, South Car-
olina-based FitMenu, a company that
works with restaurants to offer healthy,
yet still satisfying, menu items.
“Women like myself who are try-
ing to eat healthy go out and order a
salad for dinner, and I, for one, really
got sick of it,” Styles said. “When you go
out [to eat], it’s for an experience. If
you were just eating to survive, you’d
do it at home and not care about the
preparation, the good company or the
After taking note of the surprising
fat content of some salads (some, she
says, contain more than a typical
cheeseburger), she set out to put dif-
ferent options out there for local din-
ers. Styles has already partnered with
the owners and chefs of popular, well-
known Richmond restaurants such as
Europa, Starlite and 3 Monkeys, and
she hopes to have around 30 more es-
tablishments on board by the end of
the year.
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nd Tony Basch is once again
leading the group as head
coach. So how did Basch get
into coaching? “I started running in 2000,
when I was about 70 pounds heavier
than I am now,” says Basch. “After run-
ning a few marathons and getting to
know people who were involved in the
program, I volunteered to help out with
the YMCA 10k Training Team. From there,
then head coach Chris Calfee asked if I
would be a coach on the Advanced 10K
training program. I did that for 3 years
and then agreed to be the head coach
of the program last year when Ed
Carmines asked.”
Of course run-
ners of all levels
participate in the
10K and creating a
challenging train-
ing program helps
athletes push them-
selves year after
year. Because this
team is designed to
get results, the
regime is intense
and challenging. It’s
for runners who
want to improve
last year’s race re-
sults. “The program
begins in January
and runs through
race day,” Basch
says. “[It] consists of
weekly group runs
that are between 6
and 9 miles, with a
portion in the mid-
dle at a relatively quick pace (which in-
creases in distance each week); track
sessions that train both aerobic and
anaerobic speed; individual recovery
and other runs.”
For Basch, a 10K race is his favorite
distance to run. “I have found that dis-
tance to be one of the most challenging
distances, since it is long enough that
you can’t go at an anaerobic pace for the
whole race, but short enough that you
can run right on the edge of an anaero-
bic pace.” Like many others, he has a his-
tory with the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue
10K. “I love it. It’s the first race I ran in
Richmond, and it’s still one of my fa-
vorites. Because it is so flat (with a few
subtle exceptions), it makes a tremen-
dous test for a 10K. You can really test
your ability to push to your limits.”
Aside from racing, Basch is an at-
torney specializing in securities law and
dabbles in a couple of quirky hobbies.
He runs the Virginia state yo-yo contest,
and is an award-winning Scrabble player.
“Ellie and I have been married since
1997 and have a dog named Biscuit, 5
bikes and at least 10 pairs of running
shoes between us.”
The program is open to members
and non-members of RRRC, and there is
a discount for RRRC members. Runners
should have a race goal of 55 minutes or
faster. For more information, email mon-
this team
is designed
to get results,
the regime
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