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Final preps underway for Monument Avenue 10K

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - Right now, final preps are underway to make sure the Monument Avenue 10K goes off without a problem Saturday.

Soon, all the barriers will be up around the finish line. This year the race is taking on the nickname of the 'Rampede' for the VCU Rams. It certainly will be a big day for the City of Richmond.

This year even more people will hit the pavement. So today, crews are making sure everything is ready to go. "Staff and vendors are out there setting up so we don't have to load everything there tomorrow morning," said Jackie Holt with Sports Backers.

In and around the race route, you'll see plenty of tables, tents, chairs and more going up.

Work will go on today during the day, but it'll start even early tomorrow. "I'm getting up at 3 a.m. I'll be out there at 4 a.m.," Holt said.

The preps aren't the only thing you'll notice before the big race. It's pretty hard to miss all the no parking signs.

"If you've been driving along Monument Avenue, you've seen 'no parking signs' every couple of feet it seems like," Holt added.

Also, how about that Black and Gold? You'll be seeing plenty of that too. In fact the final 400 meters of the race, will be set up to be all about VCU -- a Rampede.

"The Rampede is really catching on because if you think about it, what better way to call 41,000 people running and walking down Broad Street than a stampede," Holt said.

Remember, that today is the last day for packet pickup. It will be going on at the Arthur Ashe Center on The Boulevard from now until 9 p.m. Friday night.

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