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This Richmond Road Runners Club 10-mile trail race starts and ends at Bear Creek Lake State Park in Cumberland, Virginia (about 45 minutes west of Richmond). The loop course passes through the Piedmont Hills of Cumberland State Forest and Bear Creek Lake State Park. Registration is capped at 300 runners.
Richmond Road Runners Club will donate $1.00 of each runner's registration fee to the Friends of Bear Creek Lake State Park -- the citizen volunteers from Virginia’s Central Piedmont region who enjoy supporting the park’s mission and operation.
The 10-mile (plus a little extra) loop course starts with five miles out primarily on the Willis River Trail before heading back on sections of the Cumberland Multi-use, Lost Barr Loop, Lakeside and other trails. The run is 98% trail and about 2% road. There are no significant elevation changes, but you will still get about 1,000 feet of vert. The trail crosses several creeks, has numerous short hills and includes some challenging sections with fallen trees across the path and roots and mud underfoot. This map provides a general overview of the loop course but it will be wise to follow the course markings on race day.
Water stops will be available at two locations along the course (WS on the map). Water and snacks will be available in the finish area.
THIS IS A TRAIL RACE. PLEASE NOTE THAT YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR SAFETY. BE ALERT FOR DOWNED TREES ACROSS THE COURSE, ROOTS, STONES, MUD, TREE LIMBS, STREAM CROSSINGS, WATER, SNOW/ICE, ETC. WATCH FOR TRAFFIC AT THE FEW ROAD CROSSINGS. PAY ATTENTION TO YOUR FELLOW RUNNERS AND COURSE MARSHALS.
In consideration of the safety of all participants, race participants may not bring a dog(s) on the course during the race. The use of personal music devices is strongly discouraged. To enjoy all that our race has to offer and for the safety of all participants, RRRC encourages a headphone-free environment during the running of the Bear Creek 10 Mile Trail Run.
This is a trail race. In 2017, 98% of participants finished this 10-mile course in under 3 hours. The competitive race will start at 9:00 AM and the finish line will close at 12:30 PM.
Walkers/hikers are welcome to participate. We ask that walkers or hikers, who anticipate taking longer than 3½ hours to complete the 10-mile course, start the race at 8:00 AM. The course will be marked for you and water stops will be in position for your use. Early starters will be timed, but will not be eligible for overall or masters finisher awards.
Runners must be 14 years of age or older to participate in this trail run.
Withdrawal & Waitlist
Race Day Registration
Any discounts will be applied at check out.
Refund Policy: All entry fees and processing fees, except as noted above, are non-refundable and non-transferable, no exceptions. Registrations cannot be deferred to a later race. Bib numbers are not transferrable. In the event of postponements or cancellation due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances, there will be no refunds.
Please carpool due to limited parking in the race start area.
When arriving at the park, do not pay the park entrance fee -- it is included in your registration.
Anyone planning to spend Saturday night at the park needs to call the Virginia State Parks Customer Service Center at (800) 933-7275, in advance.
AND...pack out ALL of your trash. Thanks.
Runners registering for the Bear Creek 10 Miler by Monday, November 25 @ 11:59 PM receive a race shirt (guaranteed you get the size your requested -- but we can't guarantee the perfect fit or your ideal color). Runners who register after that date may be able to get a race shirt at packet pick up, while the supply lasts.
Prizes will be awarded to:
On race morning only starting at 7:30 AM at the trail head to the Cumberland Multi-Use Trail (the race's start/finish area) in Bear Creek Lake State Park. Follow the signs once you enter the park.
Ralph Gibbs and Dave Trump
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