If you were living in Richmond at the start of 2006, then you know how a significant portion of Richmond region collapsed in on itself at the news of the New Year's Day murders of Bryan, Kathryn, Stella and Ruby Harvey.
Out of tragedy, hope.
Just ten months after their deaths, a group came together to organize the first Ruby's Run -- because even at the young age of four Ruby loved to run, and she loved to laugh.
The Fourth Annual Ruby's Run will be held on Sunday, November 8, at the Carillon Grounds in Byrd Park. Kids four to 12 can run, and all proceeds go to scholarships in Ruby Harvey's memory at Second Presbyterian Child Care Center and at Theatre IV's Children's Theatre. The races begin at 2:00 (and runners can pick their packets up at 1:00).
It is celebration time once again. In just a few short weeks, we will hold the 4th annual Ruby’s Run. For the children it is an afternoon of running around, face painting, hair painting, dressing up, climbing trees, knocking around a soccer ball, and all the fun that comes with doing that with so many other people your own size – a totally child centered event.
For us, the adults, is a time to remember and celebrate the love that Ruby and her family brought to all of our lives and to the wider Richmond community...
Years seem to fly by, yet some days seem to drag on interminably – we all know that feeling. It is hard to believe that almost four years have passed until we look around us at the kids who are growing up a little bit more each day. Some of our runners from the 2006 Ruby’s Run have “aged out” of the races, and will volunteer this year. Little ones who were infants back then will race this year for the first time.
And so it goes. We see the event as a legacy of love. I hope you do too.
If you want a reminder of what it’s all about, click on the photo links below from the 2nd and 3rd years’ races, and go the website www.rubys-run.com and click on the picture link for photos from the very first year. https://www.backlightdigital.com/Ruby2008/ www.backlightdigital.com/RubysRun/index.html (2007)