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Richmond Flying Squirrels Annual Funn Run a Great Time for All Ages

In 2013 I was fortunate enough to land an internship with the Richmond Flying Squirrels.

During my time there, I received a first-hand look at the entire make-up and inner-workings of professional baseball. In addition, I saw how the Flying Squirrels reach out to their community, and how the fans, the entire Richmond community and surrounding areas absolutely soak up the experiences the team provides.

Whether on the field with its play, in-between innings with contests for all ages or community events away from the ballpark, the Flying Squirrels brand has emerged and intensified its outreach on the community. Every year there is an annual 5K run, with this year marking the 4th annual Nutzy’s Rotary Funn Run. It takes place on Saturday, December 5th at The Diamond in Richmond, Virginia.

I recently caught up with Megan Angstadt, Director of Community Relations & Flying Squirrels Charities. “The 5K race is open to runners, walkers, joggers, and strollers all to benefit three local charities that focus on youth in the Richmond area—UMFS (United Methodist Family Services), the Children’s Museum of Richmond Book Bank and Flying Squirrels Charities.”

The race begins at 8:30 am on the 5th, and all participants will be able to see the Richmond Dominion Christmas Parade which begins at 10:15 am.

The famous mascot of the Richmond Flying Squirrels, Nutzy, a superhero to all kids in his squirrel suit, will participate in the race. In addition there will be “holiday themed” costume contests, and lucky participants can win prizes.

December 4th will feature activities for everyone as well, including food, live music, train rides, crafts, cookie decorating and pictures with the famed mascot, “Nutzy Claus.”  Anyone who participates in the Toys for Tots drive by donating a toy will receive a discount in the team store.

It’s an exciting event for all baseball fans, but, more importantly, it’s a great opportunity for people of all ages who would like to support their team and city for a great cause.

These are among the moments that stood out to me while interning for the Squirrels. The community absolutely eats up everything the team has to offer, and baseball is definitely alive and well in Richmond.

Participants can register the day of the event. For anyone that is interested in learning more, or, if you would like to register in advance, you are encouraged to visit www.nutzyrotaryfunnrun.com.

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