Gather your friends, neighbors, co-workers or teammates together to compete in the Community Spirit Challenge by hosting a group to cheer on the participants of the Allianz Partners Richmond Marathon, CarMax Richmond Half Marathon, and VCU Health Richmond 8k courses. There’s really no reason to miss out – not only will we award up to $500 for the most spirited groups, but we’ll even cover up to $250* of your party supplies!
So pick a theme, decorate signs, wave flags, play music – do whatever it takes to keep those 18,500 runners going on race day.
Saturday, November 11, 2023.
Times vary according to location and will be specified by Sports Backers.
Contest participants will be located along the course, as assigned by Sports Backers. You may not interfere with the course or the race participants at any time.
Anyone is eligible to participate. In order to qualify for prizes and reimbursement, you must be registered in advance with Sports Backers and your group must be a minimum of eight (8) people.
Each group receives an official Community Spirit Pack, which includes:
You may also be reimbursed* up to $250 for your efforts. The following items may be approved for reimbursement:
* To apply for reimbursement, the host of your registered group must save all receipts and bring them to the Sports Backers office Nov. 13-17. Checks will be mailed the following week. Reimbursement of expenses will not exceed a total of $250 per group.
Prizes are awarded based on originality, theme, decorations, crowd size and of course—spirit! Bonus points may be awarded for groups assigned to longer time slots. Judges will pass each group at different times during the race, so make sure you keep that spirit up all day long.
Fill out the Community Spirit Challenge registration form. Forms must be completed by Friday, November 3.
Contact Kristen Eichert – [email protected] or 804-536-3548