We hosted the Wood River Run 2022 last weekend at Pony Pasture Park, and it was a huge success! This family-friendly 5k was put together in memory of Christian Wood, a talented young kayaker who lost his life while boating on the James River in 2018. Together we raised close to $50,000 in Christian’s memory and more than 200 people came out to show their support. That money will be used to fund scholarships for PAssages Adventure Camp, and for park improvement projects through Friends of the James River Park.

This event would not have been possible without our sponsors this year. Dominion Energy stepped in as our title sponsor and really helped to elevate the event. We are grateful for their continuing support of the park and all of the other work they do in town. C&F Bank was our “Finish Line” sponsor, and their volunteers helped hand out water as racers crossed the finish line. We are hoping to continue to grow our relationships with these sponsors, and more, as we work to make this race one of Richmond’s premier family-friendly nonprofit events.

Race winner Bryce Wilk

Race winner Bryce getting an escort

Former JRPS Superintendent Bryce Wilk was the first place finisher and walked away with a sweet print of Anthony Bowes’ latest painting featuring the James River from Libby Hill Park. Other finishers received gift certificates from Lucky Road Run shop.

There will be a Wood River Run in 2023. We are proud to be associated with this great event and we are grateful to everyone that came out to show their support. If you missed your chance to donate, or if you want to learn more about Friends of the James River Park, visit

Our next big announcement has been “brewing” for a while. Hint- It will be LEGEND-ary. Look for another blog post in early May with the details

Special thanks to-
Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation
C&F Bank
Wells Fargo Advisors
Rocket Pop Media
Peak Experiences
Lucky Road Run Ship
Peace Frogs
Richmond Police Department
Richmond Fire Department
City of Richmond Parks, Recreation, and Community Facilities
Richmond Road Runners Club
Trinity Episcopal School

Thanks to Bill Draper Photography and Rocket Pop for the images.