Friday , September 30 2022

Thousands of people dancing sneakers to run at 41. Marham Anthem Richmond


RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – In Richmond, thousands of runners participated in the 41st Marathon in Richmond, half marathon or 8K.

For some there is a chance to reconnect with friends, for others … the race is an opportunity to raise money for a cause.

Bright and morning on Saturday, thousands of people stretched their running shoes and hit the sidewalk.

"It was great," said Kyle Yunaska, the semi-marathon finisher. "You know I came here and met a bunch of colleagues, I was on the track and the East Carolina cross country team."

For some runners, half of the Richmond marathon began as a high pitch.

"And it felt great 12, 13 years later to come here," Yunaska said. "I have never fled, I have never done anything close to a half-marathon, so I could not even finish it, and it felt great, good people, good times."

Training months leading up to 13.1 miles.

"My feet have begun to gather the last few miles," Yunaska said. "Climbing the hill to the end, I saw the finish line. I was glad to see."

For others who run the complete marathon is personal.

"The loss of our son, Chris Groom, in 2003, in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a car accident," said founder Chris Mike Groom. "And the following year, my wife decided she wanted to run a marathon in his honor."

Over the past 13 years, the Chris team has been represented at Richmond.

"We created a memorial fund in his name," Groom said. "Every year, we raise money to take care of disadvantaged and needy children."

Passing the finish line for a special purpose.

"It's humiliating," Groom said. "It's emotional, it's emotional, but she's emotional that it's over for Chris."

Boaz Kipyego of Kenya won the 2018 Anthem Richmond marathon.

8News Kristin Smith ran away from this year's marathon.

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