4.06.2012

Monument Avenue 10K

TGIF and a "Hoppy" Easter, my sweet friends!

Today I wanted to share a Richmond tradition with you:  The Monument Avenue 10K.

Monument Avenue is a National Historic Landmark District and is a gorgeous street filled with statues of Virginia Confederates (Robert E. Lee, J.E.B. Stuart, Jefferson Davis, and Stonewall Jackson) as well as two other famous Richmonders, Matthew Fontaine Maury and Arthur Ashe.

This image I found on Pinterest is spot on!

Each year in the spring, the 10K is held to benefit VCU's Massey Cancer Center.  This year's event had more than 40,000 participants.  AMF (my best UVA friend) visited for the weekend and we walked it.  It was so fun participating in such a huge Richmond event.

we parked near Lee Monument and the street was already packed with runners!

Ready to Go!
AMF, ABE, SEG

the starting line!

The Avenue was filled with bands!

It was incredible how many people were out and walking!

There were some interesting costumes along the way...

I loved seeing homemade signs like these! The one with the pink balloon reads:
"Go Mommy! P.S. Peace love bananas"

I quickly snapped this picture of my all time favorite Monument Ave house to share with y'all!  I have ogled over this house since birth!

So many organizations were there to cheer people on--I got a kick out of The Richmond Parrothead Club!

Lee Monument

FINISHED!

We hope to make this an annual tradition...AMF even suggested jogging next year!  We'll see how that goes...

Does your hometown have any traditions like these?  Do you like participating in races?

As a side note, if you haven't checked out the Sundresses and Smiles Facebook page yet, try and stop by (and please like it)!  I just updated the "What I'm Reading..." album with three new books!

Have a wonderful weekend!

13 comments:

  1. How fun! I went to the Easter Parade last year, and Monument Ave was SO gorgeous! I was dying over every house!

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  2. I walked! Marc ran it, finished it, then walked it again with me haha! What an over achiever! I'm currently planning my outfit for the Easter parade! Are you going??

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  3. What is that woman dressed as? A fern??? I love how you had a camera with you. Such a blogger thing to do ;)

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  4. What a fun tradition...have a wonderful holiday weekend! xx

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  5. Looks like so much fun! Happy Easter
    xoxo
    SC

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  6. My friend ran it, and I hope to jog it next year! I absolutely love Monument Ave and hope to live close soon!

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  7. Fun! I have never done anything like this ever before, but I kind of want to, it looks cool, and that house is beautiful! :D

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  8. This looks like a blast! Yes, I love doing the local runs. This looks a lot like the Shamrock Run I did a few weeks ago. Glad you had fun girl!

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  9. What a fun event! Can we talk about the house? Gorgeous!

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  10. This looks like so much fun! I'm trying to find a 5K to do this summer since I just finished my plan!!

    p.s I nominated you for the versatile blogger award :)

    have a great weekend!

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