From college sports to NASCAR, from hiking and biking to tubing on the James River … there’s something for everyone in Greater Richmond!

Local colleges, including Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Richmond, offer football, basketball and many other sports programs.

The region is a cyclist’s dream, as the area was chosen as the location for the 2014 USA Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals and 2015 UCI Championships.

However, most Richmonders opt for participatory sports, such as running, cycling and kayaking. The Sportsbackers association hosts numerous events throughout the year for those who would rather participate than observe.

Participatory Sports

  • Class I through IV urban white water rafting and kayaking
  • Richmond Marathon
  • 28 public golf courses
  • Pocahontas State Park with 7,700 acres of park and forest land
  • More than 100 local parks and 6,500 acres of park land
  • Youth recreation and adult social sports leagues
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