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Zoe Challenge Part of VCU Broad Street Mile

September 27, 2013

Inaugural event on Saturday, September 28 also features a free festival with music, food, kids activities and vendors


Richmond is getting pretty good at closing streets for fun fitness festivals. This year was the first time for RVA Streets Alive! and now Broad Street will be closed for another family-friendly Saturday event.

Virginia Commonwealth University is holding a new city-wide event called the VCU Broad Street Mile that will offer participants the opportunity to compete in fun runs, raise money for scholarships and enjoy a festival on Richmond’s main thoroughfare.

"VCU is celebrating its 175th anniversary this year, and we we wanted to come up with a celebration that involved the entire community," wrote Pamela Lepley, VCU's chief communications officer. "We take great pride in Richmond and being a university that is nationally recognized for community engagement."

The event will feature 16 1-Mile fun runs, has announced the Zoe Challenge. Richmonder Zoe Romano, who became the first person to run the entire course of the Tour de France, will participate in the event and run all 16 fun run events to raise money for VCU Student Scholarships and Fighting More Than Fire, one of the participating charity partners. Romano is challenging local runners to come out and run one, or all 16 miles with her to support their favorite charity.

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