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Lynchburg running events: April 26-27

Runners, cyclists and swimmers of all ages will compete in the Angels Race Triathlon on Sunday in downtown Lynchburg
Runners, cyclists and swimmers of all ages will compete in the Angels Race Triathlon on Sunday in downtown Lynchburg
Sandy Wallace

The last weekend of April brings many opportunities for running in the Lynchburg area. Although Friday's forecast calls for showers and thunderstorms, the rest of the weekend looks great for running.

Register at Riverside Runners on Rivermont Avenue for running events in Lynchburg and central Virginia. You'll also find many running events listed at The Aid Station in Wyndhurst.

This weekend's runs offer something for everyone. From the 9th annual Promise Land 50K, which begins in Bedford County before dawn on Saturday morning, to the Angels Race Triathlon in downtown Lynchburg on Sunday, it will be a busy weekend for runners.

There's a lot for spectators to enjoy during this weekend's runs too. The CVCC Color Splash Dash on Saturday features splashes of color sprayed on runners as they work their way through the course.

Spectators will crowd the streets of downtown Lynchburg for the Angels Race Triathlon, which begins at the downtown YMCA at 8 a.m. on Sunday with a 300 meter pool swim, followed by a 25K bike course and 5K run finishing at the Lynchburg Community Market.

Whether you're a trail runner, road runner or triathlete, take your pick from these great Lynchburg area running events this weekend.

The Promise Land 50K on Saturday, April 26, is part of the six race Beast Series and the Lynchburg Ultra Series. The start and finish area is at the Promise Land youth camp. The course includes Overstreet Road, Glenwood, Cornelius Creek, White Tail and Apple Orchard Falls Trails. The event begins at 5:30 a.m. and has a 10 hour time limit.

The Bald Mountain 10K, a shorter trail run, also takes place on Saturday. Part of the Liberty Mountain Trail Series, Bald Mountain takes place at Camp Hydaway at 8 a.m. Race day registration begins at 7 a.m.

The CVCC Color Splash Dash is a fun 5K color-themed event, held on the campus of Central Virginia Community College. Proceeds of the run support Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Virginia and CVCC Student Activities. The race begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with race day registration starting at 8 a.m.

On Sunday, downtown Lynchburg will be a hub of activity for the 12th annual Angels Race Triathlon. This is a great event for spectators to enjoy too. The Angels Race began in 2003 with 100 participants, many of whom had the name "Brittany" written on their arm.

The Angels Race began in honor and memory of Brittany Groover, who died in an automobile accident in 2002. Triathletes from across the state of Virginia and beyond participate each year in the Angels Race. Many participants race in honor or memory of someone who has served as an angel in their life.

Spring is here and the running's good in Lynchburg with races coming up every weekend in May. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming running events.

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