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5k and Campout in Charlottesville

Hey y'all!

So my mom cooks for a homeless shelter/soup kitchen in Charlottesville. It's a pretty cool organization - they focus on healthy, locally-sourced foods and offer grants to establish men and women in homes. It's in an old church on the Downtown Mall, so it's a really pretty setting. Their website is www.thehaven.org.

On March 1st they're hosting a 5k to benefit the shelter. The race is going to be both on the pedestrian mall and in the nearby neighborhoods. Preregistry is $20 and day-of registration is $25. All participants will get a fleece hat. Top three men and women will get donated prizes from local businesses. (And the Haven gets donations from some pretty awesome places, so I assume those prizes will be pretty good.) Breakfast will be served after the race inside the Haven. After the run/walk, we can hang out in the city or head back to my parents' place for hiking and wading in the river. They live next to a 75-acre Nature Conservancy with pretty good trails and access to the North Bank of the Rivanna River. We can shower there and set up camp. My parents have a small house, but a fairly large yard. We can roast hot dogs and s'mores over a fire then camp out. At that point, we're pretty close to Shenandoah and the Nelson County breweries. Depending on how people feel in the morning, we could hike some more or drive down the Brew Ridge Trail.

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  • Christine

    Hey! I just joined the group and am all new to Richmond as well, this trip sounds like so much fun! Is anyone meeting up before hand or carpooling?

    1 · February 14, 2014

    • Greg

      [masked] we should all find each other in the parking lot. See you in a few hours!

      March 1, 2014

    • Christine

      Hey so sorry I went MIA there! Work shifts got nuts then my grandmother's birthday celebration clashed with the dates. Real sorry about that I hope to be at the next one :)

      March 4, 2014

  • Aaron T

    Did anyone find some keys on a green carabiner? When we got home I couldn't find my keys anywhere.

    March 2, 2014

  • Isaac L.

    Is anyone still planning on joining us this afternoon?

    1 · March 1, 2014

    • Ryan W.

      Yea there are 5 of us on our way

      March 1, 2014

  • Matt S.

    Hey guys, Em forgot her phone at home, so call[masked] when you get here.

    March 1, 2014

  • Aaron R.

    I just want everyone to know that it's not even 7am and chuck has already won the dumbass of the day award... Congrats to him

    4 · March 1, 2014

    • Chuck

      It's true!

      March 1, 2014

  • Byron L.

    We are at carytown Kroger and leaving in 5 minutes.

    March 1, 2014

  • robert

    Hey all, I hate to be that guy... But my hot water heater went out this morning. I am not going to be able to make it. Best of luck everyone!

    March 1, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Hey guys, just joined the group. Is anyone driving up just for the day? I'd be interested in running, or just coming to hang out and cheer you guys on. But I can't stay Saturday night, I need to be back in RVA early on Sunday.

    I can drive, I've got room for me and 3 others. Or I'll ride with if you're planning on coming back Saturday night. Nothing like a last minute request.. thanks!

    February 27, 2014

    • Aaron T

      Same here Michael. I would love to go up for the day

      February 28, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi everyone. I'm driving and going for the day as well. Feel free to get in touch with me at[masked]-2201. It looks like Michael's car will be a snug ride if he drives everyone. Cheers!

      February 28, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone wanting to bring their bike up?

    February 28, 2014

  • Em S.

    Ok guys, like Isaac said, Meetup has been down for a bit (super frustrating), but here's the info you need.

    If you plan on racing and haven't registered yet, do so! It's a lot easier to plan for a known number.

    As far as camp-out food and drinks go, either bring something to drink or some money for groceries. We'll buy some hot dogs, veggie options, and s'mores fixins before headed to my parents' place.

    Bring a tent, sleeping bags, pillows, etc if you have them. If not, try and arrange with someone who is bringing them. In case of emergency, my parents also have a 6-person tent and some sleeping bags.

    It looks like the weather's supposed to be pretty nice, but in case of rain or too-frigid temps there'll be plenty of floor space.

    When you get to town you can call me at[masked]-1478. I'll give you an address to meet us at, but I don't want to put my parents' house online.

    Looking forward to seeing some new faces!

    Em

    1 · February 28, 2014

  • Isaac L.

    Okay, the website has been down for a bit but seems to be working now. For those that are doing the race, we are leaving from the Kroger in Carytown around 6 am. make sure to bring something to eat before hand as we may not have time to stop. There will be free breakfast after the run. we can coordinate drivers at Kroger. For those who aren't running and are having trouble coordinating a ride, if you feel like giving out your number that may help the situation. see y'all tomorrow!

    February 28, 2014

  • Mukesh

    Anyone who is not taking the 5k run interested in carpooling a little late?

    February 23, 2014

    • Banana

      Me! What time are people not doing the run planning on meeting to carpool..?

      February 25, 2014

    • Mukesh

      Hey guys I'm really sorry, I won't be able to make it so have changed my RSVP to No.

      February 28, 2014

  • robert

    Hey all, I am thinking I'm going to drive. I have a Subaru legacy so I could bring at least one person maybe 2 depending on how much gear people have. I am planning to head back to Richmond around 3p on Sunday at the latest. I am doing the race and will be at kroger at 6. Let me know if u want a lift

    February 26, 2014

  • LS

    Good luck everyone in their race!! I will transfer all my energy through electrics in the air to you all so you all can be blessed!!

    1 · February 26, 2014

  • Banana

    sooo... for the folks who aren't doing the run, what time are thinking to carpool?

    also, when are folks planning on being back in richmond..?

    February 26, 2014

  • Isaac L.

    I hava a huge 6 person tent I can bring

    February 21, 2014

    • Isaac L.

      that would put five large guys in my car + gear for the night, it would be a tight fit...

      February 25, 2014

    • Greg

      We'll figure out the carpool at Kroger then. Meeting at 6am?

      February 25, 2014

  • John D.

    Hey, I'm brand new to this and not really sure how it works (assuming just like couchsurfing) but this sounds awesome and would be keen to join if that's cool.. if so would be down to carpool from RVA..

    February 23, 2014

    • robert

      Hey Isaac, do u have room for me in the carpool? If so where is the meet up Saturday morning?

      February 25, 2014

    • Isaac L.

      Robert, my car is full right now but you are more than welcome to meet us at the Kroger in Carytown at 6 am. There should be a few cars going

      February 25, 2014

  • robert

    Hey everyone. I am currently on the waitlist. If I make it in, I am planing to do the 5k and l would like to carpool if possible. If no one has a seat left I can take 2 peeps with me.

    February 25, 2014

  • Matthew C.

    I just remembered I have a jiu jitsu seminar on Saturday, so I can't make it, at least to the run. I will come afterwards. Can I donate to the homeless shelter / soup kitchen?

    February 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can carpool. My car fits up to 8, Im also bringing my mountain bike to ride while im up there. most likely the massanutten western slope. My roof rack can fit 3 bikes.

    February 22, 2014

  • Em S.

    Hey y'all,

    Everyone is welcome to come and do whichever parts of the weekend they want! As with most things, I put a cap on the number of people coming, but that's really so that it doesn't get out of hand. I imagine most people will probably carpool from Richmond to save on gas money and whatnot. (Matt and I will most likely be heading up earlier to spend some time with my folks, so we won't be a part of the carpooling effort.) I would suggest meeting to leave at around 6. Most of the time we meet at the Kroger in Carytown, so I would recommend that as a rather central location.

    Make sure you sign up for the race (if you plan to run it) at http://www.thehavenatfirstandmarket.org/2013/12/run-for-home-3rd-annual-5k-race-to-benefit-the-haven/

    Em

    1 · February 21, 2014

    • Em S.

      Probably not a great idea. My parents have a boisterous puppy right now and I don't know how the two would get along. I wouldn't want to find out they don't like each other early on in the night.

      1 · February 21, 2014

    • Aaron T

      Totally understand. :-)

      February 22, 2014

  • Ben

    Are we gonna be in a field or in the woods?

    February 21, 2014

    • Em S.

      It's a yard surrounded by woods. Plenty of grassy surface to pitch a tent! That being said, if it's nasty weather we'll probably find floor space for everyone.

      3 · February 21, 2014

  • Christina

    I'm claiming a spot in isaacs tent if it's not full yet!

    February 21, 2014

  • Ben

    This sounds like a good time, I won't be able to make the 5k but everything after would be a good time. Also not sure how I'd do on the 5k.. just getting back into runnin after taking the winter off :/

    February 19, 2014

  • Andrew N.

    Can Deanna and I come, but not do the 5K? Maybe join up at the house when the run ends and camp out/do all activities besides the run.

    I do enjoy running, but a small part of me dies a little bit inside every time I do.

    February 15, 2014

    • Byron L.

      Hahaha that's exactly how I feel about running.

      February 15, 2014

    • Andrew N.

      Scratch that, we are going whale watching instead this weekend.

      February 18, 2014

  • Michael S.

    Carpooling from RVA anyone?

    February 4, 2014

  • Michelle B.

    Hi Em! Just joined this group! Quick question: is this just a day trip or an overnight trip. I work Sundays, but I would love to attend!

    January 30, 2014

    • Em S.

      Ideally it'd be overnight, but you're more than welcome to come for the day and head home at night. No worries!

      January 30, 2014

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