XTERRA Games will stay in the River City

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RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A major sporting event held in Richmond every summer won't be leaving town after all. A local company has stepped forward to keep the XTERRA games this year and possibly years to come.

The games have been here in Richmond for 13 years. Hundreds flock to Brown's Island to participate. It's estimated the event brings in more than a million dollars to the city each year.

You might call it a lucky break -- the rough and tough XTERRA games will survive another day in Richmond.

Luckstone, a company that started in Richmond 88 years ago will sponsor the international games.

"We keep the trails up and we provide the logistics, but the financial piece was the piece that was missing. And so today we're very happy to enter into partnership with Luckstone," said Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones.

The company is investing at least $25,000 and is working on a multi-year deal.

The part triathlon, part running, walking even swimming races take over Brown's Island every June. This year it was in danger of moving to charlotte.

"In terms of self esteem it's really important we keep as much here as we possibly can. We don't want to lose anything we want to go up instead of going down," says Jones.

Councilman Doug Conner stepped in and helped find the new sponsor. He's also participated in the 10k part of event the last few years.

"A lot of times the trails are muddy, peoples slip and fall, you got to go across the river on rocks and things. It's really exciting," Conner said.

The games kick off in Richmond on June 11th and 12th.

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