We have to admit, we were a bit nervous prior to this year’s Shiver in the River. In late January, the James River was well above flood stage due to several weeks of rainy weather. But after 10+ days of gorgeous weather, the James came down, and hundreds flocked to Historic Tredegar for the 4th Annual Shiver in the River. Perhaps it was the decision to move in from January to February this year, but it turned into a beautiful, mild day for Virginia’s Coolest Winter Festival. The water temperature the first two years had been in the 30’s. We felt like we got lucky last year with a river at 46 degrees. Those who took a splash this year enjoyed a balmy 56 degree James!
Still, pretty brave, but it’s called “Shiver.”
All in all, 503 people gathered well over a ton of trash from in and around the James River. Park Superintendent Nathan Burrell no doubt appreciated the help!
435 people enjoyed a beautiful walk/run along and through James River Park for the 5K, again crossing the beautiful Potterfield Bridge. You can find the final 5K Race results here.
202 hardy souls stripped down to bathing suits, tutus, and more (and less!) for the James River Jump, helping to raise much needed funds to keep Virginia beautiful! You can still support their efforts by donating to their teams and efforts at First Giving.
We have to thank our bands, Strummer, Tin Can Fish Band, and MOZO for entertaining us. A ton of non-profit partners volunteered time, energy, and tremendous assets to help make Shiver in the River a better event. Many, many sponsors donated time, services, and finances to provide for a more enjoyable event. Hundreds donated and signed our Keep Virginia Beautiful Pledge. We can’t thank them enough.
Most of all, we have to thank all of those who just showed up! In addition to all of those who were active participants, many more just came to enjoy our Winter Festival, making it perhaps our biggest crowd yet!
We’re very thankful for all of you.