RVA Streets Alive in the Historic Jackson Ward Area

streetsCollageRICHMOND, Va. — After a successful inaugural event, the 2nd Annual RVA Streets Alive has returned and will be in a new location this year.

The event, officially billed as outdoor health and fitness fair is a collaboration between Sports Backers, the Mayor’s Healthy Richmond Campaign and the Richmond City Health District.

The event is a natural extension of River City resident’s appreciation for outdoor recreation; it’s a chance to enjoy the streets we drive down hurriedly from point A to point B — it’s about experiencing these asphalt arteries that we usually rush through.

And it’s about promoting a healthy lifestyle in a city that a couple of years ago placed third in the nation for most fast food restaurants, per capita.

This particular city project is inspired by others around the world, especially the Ciclovia event that began in Bogota, Colombia and occurs every week there. In Bogota they open up an amazing 70 miles of streets to over 1.5 million people.

More than 15,000 people attended last years RVA Streets Alive, that was held over a 2.5 mile looping course that shut down two bridges along with multiple streets. The course went over the Manchester Bridge, Commerce Road, Hull Street and the Mayo Bridge.

This year’s festival will be held in and around the Historic Jackson Ward area.

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Since the event promotes community and healthy lifestyles, attendees can expect around 60 vendors and events that include running, walking, biking, skateboarding, dancing, Zumba, and many other physical activities.

There will be streets closures for the event. The eastbound and westbound lanes of East Broad Streets from 2nd Street to Belvidere Street and the northbound and southbound lanes of Brook Road from Broad Street to Leigh Street will be closed from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

For more details visit www.sportsbackers.org or www.RichmondGov.com.

  1. ACAC Fitness and Wellness Center
  2. AFX Fit & Boot Camp Challenge RVA
  3. American Heart Association
  4. American Karate Center
  5. Ariya Family Chiropractic Center, PC
  6. Bike Walk RVA
  7. Black Girls RUN!
  8. Boho Cycle Studio
  9. Chesterfield/Richmond Pickleball
  10. City of Richmond Fire and Emergency Services
  11. City’s Department of Parks and Recreation
  12. Clinical Research Partners
  13. CO2 Fit
  14. CrossFit RVA
  15. Dance Trance Richmond
  16. Davita Dialysis
  17. DentaQuest/Smiles for Children
  18. Dept. of Veteran Affairs, Rural Health Initiatives
  19. DNA Fitness Studio
  20. Downtown YMCA
  21. Flying Squirrels
  22. Girls on the Run
  23. Goal High Performance Sport Specific Training
  24. Groundwork RVA
  25. Health Warrior
  26. Jazzercise of Richmond
  27. JenCare Neighborhood Medical Center
  28. King of Pops
  29. Mainstreet Chamber of Commerce
  30. Mary Kay by Damacia J
  31. Master Cho’s Tae Kwon Do
  32. Mayhem Fitness & Cross Training
  33. Peak Physique
  34. RABA/Richmond Cycle Smart
  35. Richmond Barre
  36. Richmond Behavioral Health Authority
  37. Richmond City Health District – 95210 Campaign
  38. Richmond City Medical Reserve Corps
  39. Richmond Kickers
  40. Richmond Physical Therapy
  41. Richmond Road Runners Club
  42. Richmond Ultimate
  43. Richmond Volleyball Club
  44. River City Chiropractic
  45. River City Rollergirls
  46. Road Runner Running Store
  47. Sports Backers Merchandise
  48. Small Smiles Dental Clinic
  49. Sportable
  50. Sports Backers/Active RVA
  51. Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt
  52. The Rehabilitation Center at Retreat Doctors’ Hospital
  53. The Richmond Ski Club
  54. United Way of Greater Richmond and Petersburg
  55. USTA/RTA 10 and Under Tennis
  56. U-TURN Sports Performance Academy
  57. VA Premiere
  58. VCU Department of Psychiatry/Children’s Mental Health Resource Center
  59. Virginia Capital Trail Foundation
  60. Virginia Repertory Theatre