RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – In Richmond, thousands of runners participated in the 41st Richmond Marathon, Half Marathon or 8K.
Some people have the opportunity to join friends, others … competition is a chance to raise money for the cause.
Bright and early on Saturday morning thousands wore running shoes and hit the sidewalk.
"It was great," said Kyle Yunaska, a semi-finisher finisher. "You know I came here and met a number of college friends, we were in East Carolina on the track and in the cross country ski team."
For some runners, the Richmond Half Marathon started as an overwhelming goal.
"And it sounded good 12, 13 years later to come here," said Yunaska. "I've never been to, I have never done anything near a half marathon, so I was not even sure I could decide and it felt good to you, good people, good times."
Training periods up to 13.1 miles.
"Feet began to tighten the last couple of kilometers," said Yunaska. "I came down the hill to the end, this was the finish line. I was happy to see it."
Others who use the entire marathon are personal.
"Our son Chris Groom's loss in 2003 in the Raleigh, North Carolina car accident," said Team Chris founder Mike Groom. "And the year when my wife decided to run a marathon in her municipality."
Over the past 13 years Team Chris is represented in Richmond.
"We built a memorial in his name," said Groom. "We make money every year by taking care of disadvantaged and needy children."
Crossing the paint line for special use.
"It's humiliating," Groom said. It's emotional. It's emotional, but she knows Chrysin's end. "
Kenya's Boaz Kipyego won the 2018 Anthem Richmond Marathon.
8News Kristin Smith ran the half marathon this year.