RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – In Richmond, thousands of participants participated in the 41st marathon in Richmond, half marathon or 8K.
For some, it's an opportunity to reconnect with friends, for others … the race is an opportunity to raise money for a thing.
Clear and early in the morning on Saturday morning, thousands attracted running shoes and hit the sidewalk.
"It was great," Kyle Yunaska said halfway through the marathon. "You know I came here and met a group of friends from school, we were on track and running team in East Carolina."
For some runners, Richmond's half-marathon started as a noble goal.
"And she felt great 12, 13 years later to come out," Yunaska said. "I never went, I've never done anything near a half-marathon, so I was not sure I could end and that's just great." "Good people, good times."
Months of training are up to 13.1 million.
"My legs have begun to tighten the last mile," Yunaska said. "I came down to the top and saw the finish line. I was glad to see it."
For others who run the whole marathon, it is personal.
"The loss of our son Chris Groom in 2003 in Raleigh, North Carolina, in a car crash," said Chris Mike Groom, founder of the team. "And in the following year, my wife decided she wanted a marathon at a marathon."
Over the last 13 years Chris has been represented in Richmond.
"In his name we have created a memorial fund," Groom said. "We raise money every year to avoid disadvantaged and needy children."
Exceeding the target line for a special purpose.
"It is humble," Groom said. "It's emotional, it's emotional to end, but it's totally emotional to end Chris."
Boaz Kipyego of Ken won the marathon Anthem Richmond in 2018.
8New Kristin Smith ran this year's half of the marathon.