Thanksgiving is next week and knowing that many people tend to eat too much, I've been looking for some hiking events for Friday and Saturday.
Of course, you can always hike on your own, but if you are looking for group hikes, my best advice is to check with James River Hikers and Central Virginia Trailblazers. You should do it soon, and expect that you'll need to sign up with them to participate. These are fun, knowledgeable hikers, this might be a good connection to make even if you can't for Thanksgiving.
Also, Virginia State Parks are suggesting that hikers Turn Black Friday Green by visiting one of 36 state parks. A family tradition of walking off all the turkey and stuffing sounds like a good plan.
Do you volunteer in the James River Park? There is a new volunteer management system to log hours, promote signups, etc. Even if you can't volunteer this weekend, log in and check it out. There is a James River Outdoor Coalition project Saturday morning at the 14th Street Takeout. Sign up and take part!
Many outdoorsy Richmonders may know David Fary, who is among many things is a guide with Riverside Outfitters. A quick congratulations to him for biking 3,500 miles across the United States in 65 days from Yorktown to San Diego, ending the ride Thursday.
Nutzy's Rotary Funn Run is a 5K race for competitive runners, casual runners, walkers and strollers that will start at The Diamond, home of the Richmond Flying Squirrels. Proceeds benefit participating YMCAs and United Methodist Family Services. Cost: $20. Dec. 7, 8 a.m.
The second James River Run 5k will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Reedy Creek headquarters of the James River Park. This family-friendly 5k trail run will wind its way through single track trails in the park. Proceeds will go directly towards installation of a water fountain for humans and pets at the Reedy Creek access. Cost: $20.
You've probably heard by now, but there is a new fun running fitness event called the CarMax Tacky Light Run -- a 6k run organized by Sports Backers on Dec. 14, beginning at 6 p.m., which is the perfect time to see tacky lights displays. The run will wind through the 900-home Walton Park neighborhood (which is apparently known for its very tacky lights displays during the holiday season) off Coalfield Road in Midlothian. Midlothian Mines Park will be the event hub. Cost: $35-$50.
Also, the HERA Women’s Cancer Foundation, a nationally recognized ovarian cancer nonprofit, recently honored RunRideRace of Richmond with its 2013 Power of One Award., according to a release. The award recognizes one company or individual who has made an extraordinary contribution to HERA. RunRideRace produces numerous running and cycling events on the East Coast including Run Like a Girl, a series of womens-only run and walk events that aim to increase awareness, education and funds. Run Like a Girl was founded in 2008 by Mark Junkermann who lost his mother to ovarian cancer. Today, Run Like a Girl events attract hundreds of women each year to four run/walk races in Virginia and North Carolina. A portion of each Run Like a Girl entry is donated to HERA along with funds raised by participants. Since 2008, RunRideRace has raised more than $75,000 for HERA through its Run Like a Girl series.
Phil Riggan loves Discovering Richmond. Follow him on twitter @RigganRVA. He is currently graduate student working on his Masters degree in Urban Planning at VCU.