Our vision for RUN RICHMOND 16.19 is to commemorate the sacrifices and achievements our African American brothers & sisters have made to our nation and celebrate Unity in Diversity through symbolic courses of 16.19 km and 6.19 mi.


About the Event

Run Richmond 16.19 is part of the AFRICA RECONNECT Event Series that the Djimon Hounsou Foundation is rolling out from 2022 onwards. Our running events aim to symbolically reverse the direction of the slave trade, showcase how the past is connected to the present and future, and celebrate Unity in Diversity.

The three event locations of our series – (1) Richmond, VA, (2) Liverpool, UK, and (3) Ouidah, West Africa – were all important centers during the Transatlantic Slave Trade.

North America


United Kingdom


West Africa


Transatlantic Slave Trade Triangle


They are also the host cities of a stunning memorial, the Reconciliation Statue. Created by Liverpool-based artist Stephen Broadbent, they represent a powerful apology for the unspeakable horrors and lasting consequences of slavery. When connected through straight lines, these sculptures form the Triangle of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, a trade that the British Colonies in North America joined in the Year 1619.


Its inscription beautifully summarizes our vision:

Acknowledge and forgive the past. Embrace the present. Shape a future of reconciliation and justice.


  • How many race distances are there?

    We offer 2 distances for this event: 16.19 K (10.06 miles) and 6.19 miles (10 km).

  • When does the race start?

    The 16.19K Run starts at 7:15 AM at Kanawha Plaza and the 6.19M Run at 8:00 am. The finish is at the same location.

  • How much do you charge?

    Please review our individual race pages.

  • What is your cancellation / refund policy?

    Our entry fees are non-refundable, no matter whether there is a race postponement, cancellation and/or if you are unable to participate; however you may buy a race insurance during checkout or transfer your entry to another person

  • Can I switch races after I registered?

    Yes, you'll have access to your registration on Run Signup: https://runsignup.com/. This link can also be found if you click on our account icon in the header or on the sign up link.

Our Event Goals

for Run Richmond 16.19


Commemorate the sacrifices & celebrate the achievements African Americans have made to our nation since the beginning of the Transatlantic Slave Trade by the British Colonies in America in 1619.


Celebrate the powerful impact of African and African American culture, promote Unity in Diversity, and take a stand against racism.


Create a cultural movement to preserve Pan-African identity and reconnect the countries of the diaspora with their motherland, roots & culture.


Closely collaborate with the City of Richmond, local grass-roots organizations, educational institutions, black-run businesses and individuals to empower the RVA community. 


Help people discover their family roots and create awareness that we are one people.


Raise charitable funds for the Djimon Hounsou Foundation to reconnect the African Diaspora & combat modern day slavery and human trafficking.