FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SunTrust Richmond Marathon Breaks All-Time Entry Record
NTELOS 8k Nears Record Levels
RICHMOND, VA - The SunTrust Richmond Marathon is celebrating its 30th
anniversary with a bang by shattering its all-time registration record. As
of Wednesday, October 31, almost 4,800 runners had signed up for "America's
Friendliest Marathon." That total breaks the marathon's previous record of
4,763 set in 2005. With over a week left to register, a total marathon
field of over 5,000 is expected by race day on Saturday, November 10. The
marathon's companion race, the NTELOS 8k, is nearing the 5,000 entry mark
and is on pace to shatter the record field of 5,393 participants set last
year. A total field of over 6,000 is expected for the NTELOS 8k.
This is the eighth time in nine years that the marathon has set a new entry
record and the ninth time in ten years for the 8k.
Online registration for the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, the NTELOS 8K or
the Richmond Times-Dispatch Kids Run is available at
www.richmondmarathon.com until 11:59 p.m., Wednesday
November 7. Late walk-up registration for those events can be accomplished
at the Omni Richmond Hotel during the Health & Fitness Expo on Thursday,
November 8 from 4 to 8 p.m. and Friday, Nov. 9 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.
There is no race day registration!
In all, the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, NTELOS 8k and Richmond
Times-Dispatch Kids Run are expected to have a total field of over 11,000
participants, which would surpass 2005's record number of 10,390. Over
1,000 Richmond area runners have registered for the marathon by signing up
for the Sports Backers Marathon Training Team, a 6-month program that
encourages entry level runners to attempt a marathon.
The SunTrust Richmond Marathon will be held on Saturday, November 10
beginning at 8 a.m. at 7th and Broad Streets in downtown Richmond. The
NTELOS 8k will follow at 8:35 a.m. The Richmond Times-Dispatch Kids Run
will begin at 9th & Main Streets at 8:15 a.m.