Runners across the country lace up their shoes for the 2022 Richmond Marathon

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RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — About 16,000 runners donned their best sneakers on Saturday, Nov. 12 for the 45th annual Richmond Marathon.

Cheers of encouragement echoed through the city as spectators, friends and strangers watched the athletes conquer the streets. Marathon participant Frederick Johnson was pleasantly surprised by the weather.

“I thought we were going to wake up to a cold, windy, rainy day and it was spectacular,” Johnson said.

It wasn’t just the residents of Richmond enjoying the clear skies. People from across the country flocked to the city for the event.

Drone footage from 8News shows a bird’s eye view of a race. Image courtesy of Forrest Shelor.

Greg Williams and his wife joined Johnson’s party.

“I didn’t want to run the race,” Williams said. “But this guy bullied me into it.”

Kate Greenhouse is originally from Richmond, but has since moved to Brooklyn, New York. She said the Richmond Marathon was unmatched, so she made her way back.

“It’s really nice to see everyone cheering people on from the sidelines and cheering people on as they run,” Greenhouse said.

This blossoming energy was not reserved exclusively for outsiders. Suzanne Lewis is a seasoned runner and local resident. She is a regular at the event, and this year was no different.

Relatives and runners mingle and celebrate after crossing the finish line. Image courtesy of Sierra Krug.

“It’s the best race,” Lewis said. “It’s just beautiful scenery, it’s still well run and I can sleep in my own bed, wake up and join in the festivities.”

The event was split into three races – the Allianz Partners Richmond Marathon, the CarMax Half Marathon and the VCU Health Richmond 8K.

The Richmond Marathon is a qualifier for the prestigious Boston Marathon. Every runner who spoke with 8News at the event’s afterparty on Brown’s Island could agree on one thing: “I can’t wait to take a nap,” Greenhouse said.

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