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Monument Avenue 10K now 8th-largest race in U.S.

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January 27, 2012 9:29am

Anyone who’s run in it or watched a friend or family member run knows the Monument Avenue 10K is a big race. Apparently, it just keeps getting bigger. It wasn’t too long ago the race cracked the Top 25 worldwide in participation. Just last year it broke the 40,000 entries barrier. Now, according to Running USA, it’s reached even rarer heights.

The Metro Richmond Sports Backers, the race organizer, announced that “the event has been recognized as the 8th largest fully-timed running race of any distance in the United States by Running USA in preliminary rankings for 2011.  In addition, the race is the 15th largest fully-timed race in the entire world.”

 

The rankings are based on the total number of finishers in each race. They are compiled each year by Running USA, a non-profit organization that was created to improve the status of road racing in the United States.

“The Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k has experienced incredible growth since its inception in 2000,” said Lisa Randolph, race director for the 10k. “Being able to say that it’s the 15th largest race in the world goes to show how much the community supports this event.”

Now in its 13th year, the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k has seen impressive growth since its inception:

Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k Entry History

Year

10k

2011

41,314

2010

37,365

2009

32,745

2008

31,158

2007

25,023

2006

20,119

2005

16,511

2004

14,163

2003

9,318

2002

6,531

2001

4,680

2000

2,462


About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?


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