Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Stride Through Time Richmond History Walk

On this Saturday, May 30, the Sports Backers will host the first Anthem Stride Through Time, a 10k walk through downtown Richmond. The 6.2-mile circuit will begin and end on Brown's Island and will take participants through various time periods of Richmond's rich history. Along the way, re-enactors will help re-create Richmond history. A huge selection of museums will be along the route commemorating the Civil War, the Confederacy, the Holocaust, and Edgar Allan Poe. Historic attractions along the route include the State Capitol, St. John's Church, the Maggie Walker House, and the Hippodrome Theatre, where black entertainers such as Billie Holiday and Nat King Cole performed during the heyday of the historic Jackson Ward neighborhood. More than 1000 walkers have already signed up to participate! Richmond is teeming with history that serves as a microcosm for America's own past. Richmond history ranges from before the Revolutionary War, to the Civil War, to the roots of the civil rights movement, to slavery reconciliation. The cost of the walk is $25 for adults, $15 for age 14 or younger through May 28. Walk-up registrationn is $30 for adults, $20 for age 14 or younger. A portion of the proceeds will go to The History Fund, which benefits the Valentine Richmond History Center and the Historic Richmond Foundation. To register, visit www.raceit.com/Register/Default.aspx?event=328. For further info, www.sportsbackers.org.