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Favorite Race I’ve Never Run: Monument Ave 10k

Written By: der5er - Jan• 15•09


Ukrops Monument Ave 10k

Ukrops Monument Ave 10k

Today is Take it and Run Thursday at the Runner’s Lounge.  This is a weekly feature they do that I want to start participating in, so here’s my first contribution!


The Monument Avenue 10k is 1 week after the Shamrock Half Marathon in March.  While most people use the 10k as part of their training plan to motivate them towards their half-marathon or marathon, I’m using it as a recovery!  

I actually signed up for this race last year, but unfortunately, work kept me from making it to the race.  This year, I warned my boss well in advance that the last 2 weekends in March, I will be unable to work.

I’ve been told that this race is really a lot of fun, so I’m not exactly expecting a new PR.  Just take a look at the picture of the starting line from last year, doesn’t that look like fun?  According to the SportsBackers, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k was voted the best road race in the southeast.  If the colored wigs in the picture above don’t look like fun, just search Flickr for Monument Ave 10k to see what a good time everyone had at past races.

Richmond, Virginia has a great local running community.  If you look hard enough, you can probably find a 10k or 5k each month.  I love these races, I just wish I had time for them all!

I’m looking forward to this race as much as I am the half marathon.  I think, with music along the course, I may even turn off my iPod!

Thanks to stichesbybarb at Flickr for the picture!

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  1. Bob Allen says:

    Welcome to the Ukrop’s Monument Ave 10K — it is pretty fun. I ran it last year for the first time and am signed up again. I even talked my wife into participating last year and when I finished, I looped back around, found her, and finished the last half of the run with her (a total of about 11 miles for me). She’s planning to walk/run again this year and so is our adult daughter. It’s a lot of people but with the wave starts, it’s not too bad. What wave are you in? I’ve asked for B but don’t know if I’ll be placed in B or C.

  2. der5er says:

    I didn’t run fast enough in any race last year to qualify for one of the seeded waves, though my current pace would put me probably in L, so I’m not that far off in requesting wave MA. Of course, with the Shamrock half just a week before, I’ll probably actually run closer to Q at 59 minutes!

  3. So… today at work I was googling half marathon blogs…and I stumbled across this post. I’m doing the exact same thing. Shamrock 1/2 followed by the Monument Avenue 10k. Imagine my excitement!

    The Shamrock will be my first half… and although I’ve done a 10k, I’ve never gotten to participate in the Monument Avenue 10k, although I wanted to the past 2 years. Happy Training!

  4. Hey! I had to come over when I saw you you admitted to being a running geek on our giveaway post. I’m totally one too.

    Glad to have you in the 10K this year. It’s only my third year living in Richmond, but it’ll be my 9th consecutive time running the Monument race. It’s definitely good time (and let’s hope it doesn’t rain like last year). I’m still recovering from a knee injury (caused by a half marathon ) that makes it hard for me to go much longer than 8 miles, so I probably won’t make the Shamrock 1/2. But all this talk of it sure is tempting!

  5. [...] I’m training for the Shamrock Half Marathon on March 22, 2009 (followed a week later by the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k).  I think I’m in pretty good shape, 5 weeks ahead of the race and I’m currently doing [...]

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