Race Report – 2015 Richmond Road Races
Sunday, January 11, 2015 dawned mild and dry as 335 runners headed southwest of the city for the 33rd edition of our winter classic, the ‘Richmond Road Races,’ held in the town of Richmond, Ontario.
A brief dusting of snow graced runners from the grey, morning sky as the 10K got underway at 10:00 a.m. followed at 10:10 by the 5K race. Weather is often the ‘topic de jour’ at Richmond, whether it’s temperature and precipitation or what affect it has on the rural roads that form part of both race routes. Luckily, timely and thorough road maintenance by city work crews and a favourable 1 degree Celsius air temperature took away any excuses. It was a great day for a winter race.
The 10k saw 187 runners cross the finish line in front of South Carleton High School, while 155 tackled the 5K race. There were many runners who took in their first Richmond race and plenty who returned to renew their acquaintance with the race, as well as see some familiar faces. Once again, the post-race lunch in the cafeteria was a great social gathering.
Many thanks to ‘Bushtukah,’ our presenting partner, volunteers from the Richmond Lions Club, South Carleton High School track and field team, scads of loyal volunteers and the staff from Run Ottawa.