It was nearly a perfect weather day on Sunday, Feb. 24 in Central Virginia. Temperatures near 60 degrees and sunny skies brought many runners, cyclists and walkers out to Lynchburg's Blackwater Creek Bikeway.
Some of those on the Bikeway were recreational runners, out enjoying the sunny weather. Others were training for upcoming running events.
On March 2 at 8:30 a.m., there will be a free trail fun run 5K or 10K on the Bald Mountain course at Liberty University.
This offers runners a chance to get in some trail running in advance of the April 27 Bald Mountain 5K and 10K, the third and final race in the Liberty Mountain Spring Trail Series.
Also on March 2, the second annual Relay for Life 5K Run/Walk will be held at 8:30 a.m. at English Park in Altavista.
March 9 will bring runners out to Goode for the What Goes Down Must Come Up 4-Miler. The event begins at 8:50 a.m. Runners predict their times for this fun event. No watches or other timing devices are permitted.
On March 16, runners can head north or east for a pair of running events. There's also an injury clinic at Riverside Runners from 10 a.m. to noon, with Rehab Associates of Central Virginia. No appointments are necessary for the clinic.
The Charlottesville Ten Miler starts at 7:15 a.m. in downtown Charlottesville and the High Bridge Trail 5K Run for Education starts at 9 a.m. in Farmville at High Bridge Trail State Park.
The first event of the Lynchburg Road Runners Race Series will be held on March 23 at the Lynchburg College track. The Water For Life 5K is a popular event which raises money for clean water for the people of Gulu.
The Water For Life 5K begins at 8 a.m. and the children's fun runs start at 9:15 a.m. Those participating in these events are asked to bring used sports equipment to donate to Gulu.
This week's weather won't be as nice as Sunday, but spring is in the air in Lynchburg. You can count on seeing traffic pick up on the Bikeway.
The two-mile Bikeway is a favorite training area for local runners. The mostly flat paved trail is well-shaded by trees and connects to other portions of the James River Heritage Trail.