RICHMOND, Va. – More than 29,000 runners and walkers took part in the annual Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10K in Richmond Saturday.
Runners braved the cold temperatures and the gusty winds to pounded the pavement for the 17th annual race, which one of the biggest events in the River City.
Former Douglas Freeman distance runner Silas Frantz outran everyone to win his first Monument Avenue 10k with a time of 30:46. He beat the runner-up Ryan Hagen by 18 seconds.
The 22-year-old, who is the first local winner in the history of the Monument 10K, won $2,500, including a $500 bonus for being the top male finisher from the Richmond area.
“I like being the hometown guy, I wore the Douglas Freeman jersey so that everyone knew that I'm from town, so yeah, excited about it,” Frantz said.
Nicol Traynor, another former local standout, crossed the tape first. The 26-year-old was an All-American in the 3,000 meter steeplechase at Richmond and won her first Monument Avenue 10K with a time of 34:01. That is 44 seconds faster than the runner up Bethany Sachtleben from Manassas.
For winning the 10K, Traynor took home the $2,000 first place prize.
"The longest race I'll run on the track is a 5K, so this is twice that. It makes it a little less monotonous since it's on the roads, but primarily I run the steeple chase, which is 3000 meters,”Traynor said. “But it's good to kind of come out here and run an event that's a longer distance just to get a good aerobic effort and it will just help with my training."
Dash for the Cash
Every year the AT&T Dash for the Cash participant is chosen at random and Arvat McClaine of Richmond did not disappoint.
The 49-year-old took advantage of an almost three mile head start and outlasted some of the fastest runners in the world to win the event with a time of 29:03 to take home the first place prize of $2,500.
She becomes the 10th runner to win the Dash For Cash challenge and plans to give part of her winnings back to the Vcu Massey Cancer Center.
“I was just pushing it for the entire 30 minutes and just trying to talk to my self through the next block and the next block,” McClaine said. “I was pleased, because I had pretty much guessed where I should be when the first person passes me and I was a little bit beyond that and my coach Jason Driskill told me that if they were in a pack then I should be happy about that and they were in a pack.”