RRRC Bear Creek 10 Mile Trail Run

Sun December 8, 2019 Cumberland, VA US 23040 Directions
Events

10 Mile Trail Run

$30 9:00AM EST Registration ends December 5, 2019 at 11:59pm EST
Description

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.

Place
Bear Creek Lake State Park
22 Bear Creek Lake Road
Cumberland, VA US 23040
Course & Course Rules

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. 

Can I walk or hike this event?

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.

Registration Fees & Rules

Runners must be 14 years of age or older to participate in this trail run.

Online Registration

  • RRRC members: $20 plus processing fee. Non-members: $30 plus processing fee.
  • Online registration is capped initially at 275 runners, but may increase to 300 runners if enough registrants report that they will be carpooling.
  • Online registration will close THURSDAY DECEMBER 5 @ 11:59 PM or when the race is at capacity.

Withdrawal & Waitlist

  • A runner may withdraw from the race before Saturday, November 30 @ 11:59 PM. You will receive a refund of the race registration fee (but not the initial processing fee) minus a $2.00 refund processing fee. Log into your RunSignup account, finding Bear Creek under your Upcoming Races, and click "Manage Registration." 
  • If race registrations reach the participant cap, you may sign up on the waitlist. Selection from the waitlist is on a first-come, first-served basis, as spots become available. 

Race Day Registration

  • Only available if the race is not at capacity.
  • A race shirt is not guaranteed. 
  • RRRC members $20 and non-members $30.  
  • We only accept credit card payments. Cash or check will not be accepted.

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.

Important Information on Our Use of the Park

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.

Race Shirts & Awards

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:

  • Top three male finishers overall (not eligible for masters awards)
  • Top three female finishers overall (not eligible for masters awards)
  • Top male and top female masters (age 40-49)
  • Top male and top female grandmasters (age 50-59)
  • Top male and top female senior grandmasters (age 60+) 
Packet Pick Up - Race Day Only

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. 

Race Co-Directors

Ralph Gibbs and Dave Trump

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