Thursday, June 20, 2013
Join the Sports Backers and the City of Richmond this weekend at the inaugural RVA Streets Alive! On Saturday, June 22, 2013, this free event will close down a 2.5-mile loop of city streets in the downtown area from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in order for residents to use the roadway for activities. We will have over 70 health and wellness related vendors along the course, all offering health, wellness, and fitness activities.
Media parking is available in the triangle-shaped surface lot bordered by 8th, 9th, and Canal Streets. If you plan to use this lot, please request a parking pass from Nan Turner (firstname.lastname@example.org). Street parking is also available.
ADVANCED MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES:
To request an interview or contact information for one of the vendors in advance of the event, please contact Jackie Stoneburner at (804) 921-6074 or email@example.com.
ON-SITE MEDIA OPPORTUNITIES AND VISUALS:
10 a.m. Photo Opp: Bike the Bridge! Fill the Manchester Bridge with bikers
10 a.m. Dancing and bellydancing/Ajna Tribal
11 a.m. Speed pickleball tourney/Great Richmond Pickleball
11:30 a.m. Special media tour with Senator Mark Warner and Mayor Dwight Jones
1 p.m. Produce “cakewalk”/Commonwealth Nutrition
1 p.m. Stroller Stride/Fit4Mom
1:35 p.m. Boot camp demo and push-up context/Next Level Fitness
2 p.m. Run/walk 2.5-mile course/Black Girls RUN!
2:15 p.m. Pace Line weaving with hitting/River City Rollergirls
2:30 p.m. Demonstration of road riding skills/Richmond Cycle Smart
Throughout the day Guinness World Record breaking shoe tying event/New Balance
Throughout the day Free play ping pong/PongRVA
The event will close the northbound lanes of the Manchester Bridge, bearing left onto Commerce Road. At Hull Street, the course turns left and crosses the 14th Street Bridge to Canal Street, where the course continues
left to Virginia Street. At Virginia Street, the course will make a left, turn up to go across the canal before turning right along the flood wall, through the parking lot and up to Byrd Street, where it will reconnect with
the Manchester Bridge to complete the loop. The far left lane of Byrd Street will be open to traffic from 9th to 10th Streets to access the Downtown Expressway. The southbound lanes of the Manchester Bridge will be open to traffic to the Semmes Avenue exit. Semmes Avenue will be turned into a two way road under the Manchester Bridge to give people access to the inside of the course. All roads that are part of the 2.5-mile RVA Streets Alive! course will be closed to vehicular traffic from 6 a.m. until 5 p.m on Saturday.
Additional information can be found at www.sportsbackers.org. For more information on media
accommodations on event day, contact any of the individuals listed below.
Nan Turner, Sports Backers
Cell: (540) 908-6916
Jay Ell Vaughn, City of Richmond
Cell: (804) 782-0730
George Jones, Richmond City Health District
Cell: (804) 381-2622
Posted by Office of the Press Secretary to the Mayor at 1:35 PM