Monument Avenue 10K

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Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K
Location Richmond, Virginia United States
Distance 10 kilometers (6.2 mi)
Established March 2000
Participants 40,000

The Ukrop's Monument Avenue 10K, also known as the Monument Avenue 10K, is an annual 10,000 meter road running event, sanctioned by USA Track and Field. The race is run on historic Monument Avenue in Richmond, Virginia. Begun in 2000, the race has grown to be the fourth largest 10k in the country and the 22nd largest race of any distance in the world.[1] It has been named by USA Today as one of the 10 great road races in the United States. The event has 30 bands, dozens of spirit groups and lots of costumed runners.[2]

Winners and participants[edit]

       = Course record

Year Men's winner Time Women's winner Time Participants Notes
2000 Jared Segera 29:27 Alisa Harvey 35:25 2,462
2001 Elly Rono 29:59 Anna Pichrtová 34:57 4,680
2002 Reuben Chesang 29:32 Lynbov Demisova 33:22 6,531
2003 Gilbert Koech 28:34 Edna Kiplagat 32:28 9,318
2004 Reuben Chebii 28:07 Tatyana Petrova 32:46 14,163
2005 Ernest Meli Kimeli 28:43 Tatyana Petrova 32:46 16,511
2006 Nicodemus Malakwen 28:31 Magdalene Makunzi 32:33 20,119 In 2006, Barbara and Jenna Bush ran the race under aliases.[3]
2007 Teferi Bacha 28:29 Magdalene Makunzi 32:24 25,023 In 2007 the race had over 25,000 registered runners making it the 4th largest 10k in America.
2008 Abdi Abdirahman 28:32 Leah Kiprono 34:19 31,158
2009 Tilahun Regassa 28:21 Amane Gemeda 32:37 32,745
2010 Alene Reta 28:26 Megan Wright 33:06 37,365
2011 Julius Kogo 29:02 Megan Wright 33:12 41,314
2012 Mengistu Nebsi 28:33 Melika Mejdoub 33:07 40,638
2013 Julius Kogo 28:18 Ogla Kimaiyo 32:25 38,685

Race promotion and charity[edit]

Race promotions are officially run by the non-profit group Sports Backers, which promotes an active lifestyle in the area. Sports Backers have programs that support youth running, bike infrastructure and fitness opportunities for the underserved. It is sponsored by Ahold NV.

The Massey Cancer Center in Richmond, Virginia is one of the charitable partners of the 10K. The Massey Fundraising Challenge supports the world-class cancer research being done there. The other charity is the Sports Backers' Kids Run RVA program to provide support for youth running throughout the Richmond area. More than 12,000 kids are part of the program annually and a particular emphasis is placed on providing opportunities for underserved youth to participate.

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