Richmond, VA—A new event coming to the City of Richmond will help citizens to get fit this summer and take to the streets in the name of good health.
Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones launched the "Healthy Richmond" campaign last fall. Now, a new campaign called "RVA Streets Alive" will join the effort to improve Richmonders' health.
"We're going to take it up another notch, we're going to take it to a new level with our partner Sportsbackers and the Richmond City Health District," Mayor Jones says of the new initiative.
RVA Streets Alive will close the streets to traffic and allow people to take whatever physical activity they want to the open streets. A two-and-a-half mile loop from the Manchester Bridge to the 14th Street Bridge will be closed to traffic on Saturday, June 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Executive Director of Sportsbackers Jon Lugbill is hoping RVA Streets Alive will have as much success as similar events in cities like San Francisco, New York City and Washington, D.C.
"In New York City they have a quarter of a million people come out for these types of things. We're not anticipating a quarter of a million people here in Richmond but nonetheless we think it will be a very big crowd and a lot of people will be in attendance."
News of RVA Streets Alive comes just a month after Richmond ranked 121 out of 133 Virginia localities on a list measuring health.
Richmond City Health Director Dr. Don Stern hopes the event will encourage folks in Richmond area to make better choices concerning their health.
"These are choices that we make, lifestyle decisions that we make, what we do with our bodies, what we put into our bodies."
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