A suburb about 15 miles west of Richmond, Midlothian has a interesting mixture of old and new, and a healthy respect for nature and history.
Some of the first coal mining in North America took place in the area, with operations dating back to pre-Revolutionary times. The first railroad in Virginia used mules, horses and gravity to bring the coal 13 miles to the James River from 1836 to 1850.
The Richmond Road Runners race, an 8k, took place on a very chilly (mid-20s) Sunday morning. The hilly route meandered through not only neighborhoods of varying ages, but also on to a tree-lined path with views of the remains of the mining operations.
Six runs down – 128 to go.
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