More than 41,000 people came out to run or walk in the 12th annual Monument Avenue 10k on April 2, a tradition in the city of Richmond and one of the nation's largest running races. University of Richmond alumnus Jon Molz, ’08, led the pack as the top finisher from the Richmond area, and in the waves behind him were hundreds of UR students, staff, faculty and alumni who have caught the running bug in the city.

Like Molz, many of those running were varsity athletes in college who still enjoy healthy competition. Others ran as part of a rivalry — in the School of Law, second- and third-year students competed against each other — or to raise funds for a cause.

The University’s Weinstein Center for Recreation and Wellness offered a 10-week training team for students and employees, which helped beginners and more advanced runners prepare for the 6.2-mile course along historic Monument Avenue.

Students, faculty, staff and alumni give a rundown of the whole experience:

 

Starting line photo courtesy of Gamma Man on Flickr.