Wednesday , July 28 2021

Thousands of lace up sneakers to drive the 41st Anthem Richmond Marathon





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

For some, there is a chance to reconnect with friends, for others. The race is an opportunity to collect money for one thing.

Light and early Saturday morning thundered thousands of their running shoes and hit the sidewalk.

"It was amazing," said half marathon finisher Kyle Yunaska. "You know I came here and met a lot of college friends. We were on the track and the national team in East Carolina."

For some runners, Richmond's half marathon started as a high goal.

"And it just felt good 12, 13 years later to come here," said Yunaska. "I've never driven, I've never done anything close to half a marathon, so I was not even sure I could stop and I just felt good. Good people, good times."

Month of training leading up to 13.1 miles.

"My legs began to tighten in recent years," Yunaska said. "When we came down the hill towards the end, I saw the finish line. I was happy to see it."

For others who run the entire marathon is personal.

"The loss of our son Chris Groom 2003 in Raleigh, North Carolina in a car accident," says Team Chris Founder Mike Groom. "And the following year my wife decided that she would pursue a marathon in his honor."

For the past 13 years, Team Chris has been represented in Richmond.

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

Crossing score lines, for a particular purpose.

"It is humble, says the groom." It's emotional. It's emotionally she finishes but it's emotionally she finishes for Chris. "

Boaz Kipyego of Kenya won the 2018 Anthem Richmond marathon.

8News Kristin Smith ran this year's half marathon.

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