It was the latest event from Richmond Sportsbackers and was billed as a day “to create a whole new healthy, sustainable and vibrant city street experience.”
While the 2.5 mile walk across the James River and back was a lot of fun, vendor experiences were a disappointment.
They were few and far between and limited to “a diverse mix of different sports organizations, active lifestyle groups, preventative health & wellness programs, and any other organization that wants to promote physical activity.”
That’s all great stuff, and there were great groups there. But when there were football field length (or more) sections of road with no vendors. And when there was only one, count ’em one, vendor with any type food or drink (at least that we saw), that’s just poor event planning.
My sons and I went and did the walk. We had the foresight to buy them some water at the beginning.
I regretted that I had not done the same because there was not another opportunity.
If you want to have a street party, then invite people to party. Invite food vendors, invite craft vendors or RVA vendors, or something.
I hope the organizers take a long hard look at this and next year that they don’t cancel the entire concept and instead, rethink who they invite next year to participate as vendors. I think if they do that and do some better advertising that they’ll have a better event with better attendance.
The concept of and all health, all fitness event isn’t a bad one. But it just didn’t work.