RICHMOND, VA – With 28 bands and musical acts performing, 25 cheering groups competing in the Richmond Times-Dispatch Community Cheer Challenge and four SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zones filled with family members and friends, nearly 17,000 participants in the SunTrust Richmond Marathon, McDonald's Half Marathon and HCA Virginia 8k on November 13 will have much excitement to look forward to on the course.
"The response from bands and performers in the community has been tremendous. People are lining up to be part of the race," said Leah Harms, Sports Backers entertainment coordinator. "Because of the buy-in from the community, we have been able to bring the entertainment on the course to the next level."
Susan Greenbaum, one of Richmond's favorite singer-songwriters, will perform at the post-race festival. "We love playing for the Richmond Marathon because the runners and supporters just fill up the whole area with positive energy," said Greenbaum. "It's a real blast to provide music for runners and supporters from all over the world, and the SunTrust Richmond Marathon really brings people together for a totally positive event that shows off how great our city is. I love seeing the faces of the athletes after they've finished; it's our challenge to play upbeat and fun music so that even people who have just run 26.2 miles will feel a bounce in their step or at least have a smile on their faces. We love adding a musical element to the runners' celebrations!"
SunTrust Richmond Marathon Band Lineup
Richmond Times-Dispatch Community Cheer Challenge
To add to the excitement, the SunTrust Richmond Marathon has partnered with the Richmond Times-Dispatch to create the new Richmond Times-Dispatch Community Cheer Challenge. Twenty-five community groups have signed up to compete to be the most spirited cheering group along the race course. Prize money will be awarded based on originality, theme, decorations, crowd size and spirit.
SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zones
Friends or relatives of marathon and half marathon competitors can follow a spectator tour of the course to show their support and enthusiasm. There are three SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zones along the SunTrust Richmond Marathon course and one Party Zone along the half marathon course. Each location will feature music, refreshments and an on-air personality from NBC12. For locations and directions that avoid road closures to each SunTrust/NBC12 Party Zone, visit www.richmondmarathon.org/party_zones.