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5th Annual Running Block Party at Strawberry Hills

Event:                         Strawberry Hills Horse Race

When:                         June 2nd, 2012

Where:                       Colonial Downs Horse Track


Description:  Get ready to round up the troops yet again as the VMI Club of Richmond celebrates the Fifth Annual “Running the Block Party” at the 80th Strawberry Hill Horse Race!  Going forward, Colonial Downs will be running the race to replace the State Fair of Virginia.  We are expecting another large crowd this year so make sure to buy your tickets fast.  Not only has Jim Beam agreed to sponsor our bar again but we will also have a private cook this year making food all day on the grill at our plot.  We are also going to have a live band playing all day, which has never been allowed before at the races.  This invitation is extended to all Alumni and family/friends, so please mark your calendar for June 2nd.  This is now the third year we are combining college alumni groups together on the Alumni Green.  As you know from last year, the 1st horse race of the day will be dedicated to the schools; the Alumni Challenge Cup.  So VMI will have its own horse!!


Race Day Agenda:    09:00   Check formation at Swan Lake in Byrd Park (Park near Lakeview & Addison)

                                    09:30   Bus Leaves

                                    10:00   Arrive at Colonial Downs

                                    18:30   Begin packing up the bus

                                    19:00   Depart Colonial Downs

                                    19:30   Return to Byrd Park


Price: $70 per person / $95 Alumni with dues (Now until May 15th

Purchase Ticket Here

Purchase Ticket w/ Dues 

Price: $75 per person / $100 Alumni with dues (after May 15th)


Includes: Food, Alcohol/Drinks, Bus Ride, & Amazing Alumni Experience!


Reserve a spot on the bus ASAP!  This event is open to alumni and family/friends, but alumni will have to purchase the tickets for their family/friends through their alumni account on the Club of Richmond website.

There are a limited amount of spots so this will be on a first come-first serve basis.  Please call Maury Denton (804-921-6607) or Tommy Walton (804-839-8244) if you have any questions.  We are permitted to bring 2 cars to the plots, so please let me know if you can be a driver.  Drivers will get free tickets to the event.


Dress your best and wear your VMI colors proudly.  We can’t wait to see you at the race. 


Rah Virginia Mil!

Alumni Row Description

The Green is an elevated area behind the track and to the west of the Grandstand overlooking the main stretch of the racetrack.  The first of five steeplechase races begins at 12:55 p.m., interspersed with seven flat races run on the turf and dirt tracks. Because of the increased racing schedule and use of both tracks, the location of reserved tailgating spaces is reconfigured.


Alumni Row Benefits include:

  • Private live band
  • Private tent locations for participating Universities and Colleges
  • Close proximity to the Grandstand
  • Right next to public wagering tent that is open to general public
  • Private roped off area with signage
  • 20x20 foot tent with sides, and electricity
  • VMI Participation in the Alumni Challenge Cup race (school identity randomly assigned to one of the participating horses)

Click here to buy tickets!!!

Event Information
Saturday, Jun 2 2012 at 9:00am - 7:00pm [ iCal ]
Colonial Downs Racetrack
10515 Colonial Downs Pkwy
New Kent, VA 23124

Look Who's Coming:
Guest of Keenan Entsminger
Guest of Keenan Entsminger
Guest of Wesley Haynes
Quinn Adams
Garrick Alden
Jonathan Arno
Christopher Authier
Matthew Bennett
Lindsey Corbit
Benjamin Denton
Chris Doss
Lianne Fasig
Holly Flowers
Lucas Gordon
Garland Gray
James Gray
Christie Griffin
Richard Hallett
Wesley Haynes
Sarah Huggins
Wayne Huggins
David Lester Jr
Jaime Marohn
Ericka Marshall
Clint Mitchell
Troy Nold
Daniela Pagan
Valerie Paquette
Emily Reutinger
Meredith Sherrill
Rusty Smith
Kelly Sprouse
Derick Swenck
Jonathan Tibbs
Ross Walton
Brian Welch
Natalie Wilson
... a total of 46 guests.

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