Here’s the skinny on times, street closures, and race-day protocol.
Over 40,000 runners, walkers, and spectators are expected at the 13th annual Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k on Saturday. Below we have a rundown of what you need to know for the big race day–including what streets will be closed and when.
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Race day schedule
- 6:00 AM – 2:00 PM • Race Day Shuttle Service (advance ticket required).
- 6:45 – 9:30 AM • Times-Dispatch Dress Up & Run Contest check-in at Monroe Park
- 7:30 AM – 1:30 PM • Bike Valet service available in Monroe Park across from Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
- 7:30 AM • Blessing of the Runners at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart.
- 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM • Amica Insurance Bag Check available in Monroe Park (Laurel & Main streets)
- 8:00 AM • Virginia 529 Kids Run starts on Cathedral Place near Laurel St.
- 8:30 AM • Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k START – in waves at Broad St. & Harrison St.
- 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM • Subway Post Race Festival at Monroe Park
- 9:45 AM • Awards Ceremony
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Here are the street closings for Saturday:
- Broad Street from Belvidere Street to Lombardy Street will be closed from 4:00 AM – 12:00 PM. The recommended detour for westbound traffic on Broad is right on Belvidere, left on Leigh Street and left on Allen Avenue. The recommended detour for eastbound traffic on Broad is left on Allen, right on Leigh and right on Belvidere.
- Kent will be closed from Wythe to Monument Avenue from 4:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
- Laurel Street will be closed from Main to Broad streets from 4:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
- Cathedral Place will be closed from Laurel to Shafer Ct from 4:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
- Harrison will be closed from Park to Marshall from 4:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
- Franklin Street will be closed from Laurel to Stuart Circle from 4:00 AM – 2:30 PM and from Lombardy to Harrison from 7:30 AM – 2:30 PM.
- Lombardy Street will be closed from Broad to Hanover Avenue from 7:00 AM – 2:30 PM.
- Chantilly will be closed from Monumental to Monument from 5:00 AM – 1:00 PM.
- Canal Street will be closed from Belvidere to 2nd Street from 5:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
- Park Avenue will be closed from Shafer to Lombardy from 3:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
- Exit ramp from Westbound I-195 to Belvidere will be closed from 6:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
- Hanover will be closed from Plum to Lombardy from 7:00 – 9:00 AM.
- Grace Street will be closed from Belvidere to Allen from 7:00 AM – 12:00 PM.
- Monument Avenue will be closed from Staples Mill Road to Stuart Circle (Lombardy Street) from 7:00 AM to 2:00 PM. The recommended detour for eastbound traffic is left on Staples Mill, right on Broad, left on Allen, right on Leigh and right on Belvidere. The recommended detour for westbound traffic is right on Belvidere, left on Leigh, left on Allen and right on Broad.
- The Boulevard will be closed at Monument Avenue from 8:30 AM – 12:00 PM. The recommended detour for northbound traffic is left on Park Avenue, right on Thompson Street to I-195. The recommended detour for southbound traffic is right on Grace Street, right on Thompson Street, left on Broad Street, left on Hamilton Street to I-195.
In addition, there will be many street closings for streets intersecting Monument Avenue and Franklin Street from Staples Mill Road to Belvidere Street. The Richmond Police recommend motorists use I-95 and I-195 to travel around the city.
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No Parking areas
Friday 1:00 PM – Saturday 3:00 PM
- Both sides of Franklin Street from Laurel to Belvidere
Friday 3:00 PM – Saturday 12:00 PM
- Both sides of Broad Street from Belvidere to Lombardy
- Both sides of Franklin Street from Belvidere to Shafer
- Both sides of Laurel Street from Grace to Cathedral
- Southbound lanes of Belvidere from Broad to Main Street
Saturday 4:00 AM – 12:00 PM
- Both sides of Monument Avenue from Stuart Circle to Staples Mill
- Both sides of Franklin Street from Stuart Circle to Shafer
- Both sides of Laurel Street from Cathedral to Main
- Both sides of Park Avenue from Harrison to Linden
- Both sides of Lombardy from Park to Monument
Saturday 4:00 – 10:00 AM
- Both sides of Lombardy from Broad to Stuart Circle
- Both sides of Grace from Belvidere to Allen
Saturday 4:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Both sides of Chantilly Street from Monument to Monumental
- Both sides of Kent Street from Wythe to Monument
Saturday 5:00 AM – 1:00 PM
- Both side of Blacker from Monument to Monumental
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There will be a free bike valet in front of The Altria Theater (i.e. The Landmark) from 7:00 AM – 1:30 PM for registered 10k participants.
WINN Transportation will offer two separate shuttle pick-up locations: City Stadium and The Diamond. Anyone wishing to take advantage of the shuttle service on race day MUST purchase a wristband at the Expo during packet pick up hours. A limited number of wristbands are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost is $5 per person round trip. The shuttle will drop off at Adams and Canal Street (5 blocks from Monroe Park, site of the Post Race Festival).
And here are paid parking decks:
- Henry Street Parking Deck — West (200 N. Henry Street)
- JL Lot (200 W. Cary Street, entrance on Madison Street)
- 801 W. Main Street (between Laurel and Cherry streets)
- 1101 W. Cary Street (Cary & Harrison streets)
- 609 Bowe Street (next to Siegel Center)
- 100 S. Jefferson Street (between Cary and Canal streets)
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Race Day Procedure
A full list of wave start times are here.
- Pin your bib to the front of your shirt, where it’s most visible. You must wear your bib to be admitted into the start corral.
- Report to the Start on Broad St. – waves will extend from the Start Line (at Harrison) all the way back towards Belvidere St.
- Find the volunteer holding the sign with the letter corresponding to prefix on your bib (e.g. If your bib number is B1244, then look for the “Wave B” sign).
- The volunteer will walk your group into the start corral as your start time approaches.
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Etiquette, tips, and safety
- Listen to all pre-race instructions. They’ll guide you through the course AND keep you safe.
- Pin your race number on the front of your shirt, where it’s visible to officials and photographers.
- Get credit for your race – B-tags (timing devices) remain on your bib, so take good care of it and wear it on your lower abdomen.
On the Course
- Run or walk no more than two abreast. If you are walking in a group, stay in the back of the pack and leave room for others to pass on your left when possible.
- Aid stations
- Move to the side of the road to grab water from a volunteer, and keep moving.
- If you want to stop: grab a drink, move BEYOND the station, and stop on the SIDE of the road away from the other runners.
- Use a trash receptacle when possible. If there are none available, drop it on the road NEAR the station.
- Remember, there are 40,000+ people around you! If you need to stop, move to the side of the road to:
- Spit, throw up, etc.
- Tie your shoe
- Use the rest room – in a port-a-john please! Do NOT expect the friendly neighbors to let you in their home.
- Feel free to shout words of encouragement to others around you!
- Be ALERT and expect the unexpected. Think loose dogs, lost kids, low branches, and looming potholes.
- Non-registered friends and relatives are NOT permitted to run with you in a race. They can cheer you on from the side of the road.
Finish Line/Post Race
- Don’t stop suddenly at the finish – you will cause a collision with those behind you. Keep moving through the finish chute and exit into Monroe Park.
- Enjoy the post-race refreshments, but don’t be a piggy! Remember, the last finishers need refreshments, too. This food is for participants ONLY – not friends and family.