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Flow: 5910 cfps

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Shrinkage City: Shiver in the River Set for Feb. 23

Andy Thompson

January 22, 2019 8:46am

Considering the temperature outside, this seems a particularly apt time to mention that Keep Virginia Beautiful will be conducting its 5th annual James River polar plunge — Shiver in the River on Saturday, February 23rd. Register by putting together a FirstGiving fundraising page, and get ready to jump!

Shiver in the River is a daylong festival, including a Community Clean-Up, a 5K Walk/Run, the James River Jump, and the Winter Festival. The Community Clean-Up, starting at 10 a.m., entails a cleanup along the banks of the James River, in the RVA community, as well as possible self-directed cleanups in your own neighborhood. This is a hands-on opportunity not only for those participating in the 5K or James River Jump,
but also for families and friends showing support.

The 5K Walk/Run, starting at noon, offers a scenic route of Richmond and the James River. Feel free to walk or run. Participants receive a short sleeve t-shirt and beverage ticket with registration. 5K pricing is $30 until January 31st, with a price increase to $35 starting February 1st and $40 the 22nd and 23rd. Children ages 5 to 12 are $15 when accompanied by an adult.

The James River Jump, beginning at 1:30 p.m., will take place at the chilly banks of the James right by Historic Tredegar. Wearing fun, crazy costumes is highly encouraged! You must raise a minimum of $75 to participate in the James River Jump and earn the commemorative long sleeve t-shirt. This year, you can donate from the warmth of your home! Register to donate $25 andKVB will send you a pair of warm knit gloves.

The Winter Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., pre and post James River Jump, where you can treat yourself to heated tents, food, beverages, and live music.

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?