VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) – Thousands of people came out for the “Virginia is for Lovers” races Sunday morning in Virginia Beach, an event originally scheduled for Saturday.
Organizers had to reschedule, because Virginia Beach City Public Schools held the first of three snow make up days Saturday.
Race director Jerry Frostick said the turnout for this year’s race was slightly lower compared to the last six. Frostick blames rough winter weather rather than the rescheduling for that, but still says the week leading up to the event was frustrating and chaotic. He was grateful for clear skies on race day.
“We appreciate everyone being flexible,” Frostick said. “It’s kind of neat to see the running community come together with this curve ball we’ve been thrown, and we’re frustrated, but instead of focusing on the frustration, let’s put it together and have a good time and let everything take care of itself.”
Race participants Jessica Churchill and John Raduka weren’t bothered by the switch to Sunday.
“It was actually nicer today than it was yesterday,” they said. “I went really well, it was a good race, we had good volunteers.”
People who couldn’t make it because of the rescheduling could defer their registration for next year. Frostick said rescheduling the race didn’t cost them a significant amount of money.