Have you recuperated from the Holidays? Tons of great food? Time with family? Gift giving and receiving? Football games and falling asleep on the couch?
If you’re like us, you likely made a few New Years Resolutions as well.
This year, we’ll lose some weight. In 2019, we’ll participate in a cleanup. We’re going to set aside a few dollars to give to a worthy cause, like keeping Virginia beautiful.
Friends, Shiver in the River is an opportunity to do all of that.
Just like the first four years of this fantastic event, our day will start out with a cleanup around the James River. A core part of our mission is litter prevention, and part of that is picking up litter where we see it. Last year, over 500 people joined us to do their part, and we removed a lot of rubbish from James River Park, leaving it much more beautiful than we entered it.
We also had over 400 participate in our 5K Walk/Run. Some were in it to win it. Some just came for the scenery. After all, our race route takes you from Historic Tredegar, across the beautiful Potterfield Bridge, along the banks of the James, and all around James River Park. It’s truly the most beautiful 5K route in Virginia.
Over 200 brave souls raised money by doing the James River Jump – a brief and brisk dip into the mighty river. Jumpers received towels and quickly retreated to our heated tents for food and drink, but they helped us to raise much-needed funds to continue to grow our mission.
Let’s be clear – you don’t HAVE to jump into the river to enjoy Shiver in the River. You don’t HAVE to participate in the cleanup to make a difference. Many just came to enjoy the food, drink, and music, and signed our pledge to do their part to keep Virginia beautiful.
This year, you can help from the comfort of your sofa. For a donation of $25, we’ll send you a super-deluxe pair of Shiver in the River warm knit gloves! You won’t even have to leave the house.
But we would love to see you. This event has gotten bigger and better each year, and is always a wonderful and joy-filled day. Bring your friends. Bring your family. And, yes, bring your dog.