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Run Charlottesville

Season 9 is right around the corner!

Join us, every Sunday from 1-2 pm at Burley Middle School, from September 17th to October 22nd to practice, compete, and build a community around a love for sports alongside UVA students and athletes. Secure your spot in our free 6-week sports season open to any kid in grades K-8! Sign up below and let the countdown begin!


What if there was a future where all kids have the opportunity to participate in sports regardless of socioeconomic factors? A future where collegiate athletes join with local communities to ensure team sports are accessible to all kids.

Meet our 2022-2023 leadership team!


Trina Barcarola


Trina Barcarola is majoring in Youth and Social Innovation as well as competing for UVA as a pole vaulter on the Track and Field team. Outside of athletics and academics, she enjoys spending quality time with her friends, being outside, and reading books.

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Matthew Hunter

Chief Operations Officer

Matthew Hunter is a third-year student at UVA majoring in Psychology and minoring in Data Science. He plays soccer at UVA as a defender. Outside of school and soccer, he enjoys playing chess, going fishing and spending time with friends. 

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Samantha Romano

Chief Outreach & Sponsor Relations Officer

 Samantha Romano is a a second year at the University of Virginia. She is pre-commerce and a pole vaulter on the Track and Field team. She enjoys cooking and exploring restaurants in Charlottesville as well as exercising and spending time with my friends.

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Abby Meckes

Chief Marketing Officer

Abby Meckes is a second year at the University of Virginia majoring in Kinesiology. She is a javelin thrower on the Track and Field team. Outside of track and academics she enjoys spending time outside and being with friends. 

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Tom Dickinson

Chief Financial Officer

Tom Dickinson is a third year at the University of Virginia double majoring in computer science and linguistics. He is a javelin thrower on the Track and Field team and enjoys spending time with friends off the track.

Our Origins

Run Charlottesville, the origin of Run Your City, was founded by Mary Blankemeier and Madelin Rennyson, two members of the UVA Cross Country and Track and Field teams, in the Summer of 2018 with a mission to better children in the Charlottesville community through running. By offering a free running program that is easily accessible to families from around Charlottesville, we’re hoping to provide a fun way for kids to get exercise and learn about healthy life habits, as well as communication and teamwork skills. ​

Made possible, in part, by our Charlottesville sponsors

"I can’t say enough good things about this group! Run Charlottesville is well organized, supportive and fun! It is incredible to see so many collegiate athletes and students engaging and encouraging local children. Watching collegiate athletes run hand in hand, cheering and motivating area kiddos reminds us all how lucky we are to live in this town. This is Charlottesville!" 


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