Thu December 3 - Sun December 6, 2020 Bedford, VA 24523 US Directions
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5k (live)

$25 12/05 8:30AM EST - 11:00AM EST Price increases after November 6, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

1 Mile "Peaks Junior" (live)

$12 12/05 9:40AM EST - 11:00AM EST Price increases after November 27, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

Virtual 5K

$25 Registration ends December 6, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

1 MIle Peaks Jr. (Virtual)

$12 Registration ends December 6, 2020 at 11:59pm EST
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

1516 Oakwood St.
Bedford, VA US 24523

The Peaks of Otter Christmas Classic 5k is celebrating 41 years! Join runners and walkers of all ages and abilities for this central Virginia holiday tradition.  Children are also invited to participate in the "Peaks Junior" 1 Mile. Proceeds support the Bedford Area YMCA's Financial Aid program. This event is known for its friendly faces, caroling volunteers, and fun post-race celebration with a cinnamon roll! The Town of Bedford Christmas Parade is traditionally held just after the event.

Our new race HQ will be located at Bedford Baptist Church, 1516 Oakwood St. Bedford, VA  24523.

5K and/or 5K Team:  $25 (thru 11/6) || $30 (11/7 - 12/4) || $35 Race Day (12/5)          (Virtual) 5K: $25
1 Mile "Junior Peaks":  $12 (thru 11/27) || $15 (11/28-12/5)                                          (Virtual) Peaks Jr. 1 mile: $12

All Team Members Must Be signed Up Before Race Day.

Registration fees are non-transferable & non-refundable. An entry can only be used for the person registered for the entry. Entries cannot be deferred to the following year or a future event.

World famous, long sleeve, t-shirts are guaranteed to those registered for all 5k and 1 Mile events by November 13th.  After November 14th, t-shirts will be available at packet pickup on a first come basis.

Packet Pickup:
Thursday (12/3) 12-6pm, Bedford Area Family YMCA, 1111 Turnpike Rd., Bedford, VA  24523
Friday (12/4) 12-6pm, Bedford Area Family YMCA, 1111 Turnpike Rd., Bedford, VA  24523
NEW LOCATION   Saturday (12/5) 7:00am - 8:15am, Bedford Baptist Church, 1516 Oakwood St. Bedford, VA  24523,  "yes" someone else can pick up your packet for you.

Assisted Participants:
We are pleased to provide an opportunity for assisted participants to enjoy race day. An assisted participant is typically being pushed in a stroller "appropriate" for the event (ie.. hand break, tether, appropriate wheels). Both the participant being pushed and the pusher are required to register for this event. Assisted participants will start prior to the 5K start and be ranked separately from the 5k event. 

Top 4 Overall M/F, Top Overall Masters M/F, Top 3 in each age group. Overall awards ranked on "gun" time / Age group results ranked on "chip" time. 
"Top of the Hill Challenge" $50 to the first male and female to reach the top of the "hill" (located approx. 2 miles from the start)
*This is a Chip timed event, Disposable MyLaps Race Bib Technology will be used. Riverside Runners.

Individuals have the option during registration to register for our team competition. A minimum of 5, regardless of gender, comprise a team. Participants can choose to join a team already listed or create their own team. The corporate cup will be given to the top team based on the lowest cumulative time of the 5 team members. Team registration ends on Friday December 4th at 6:00PM. No Team Members will Be Added on Race Day.

Festive, specialty, leather ornament medals for age group awards
5K Race: 12 & under, 13-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & up. Age Group ranking based on "chip" time.

Peaks Junior 1 Mile Race: 0-5, 6-8, 9-12

The new course start and finish is at Bedford Baptist Church, 1516 Oakwood St., Bedford, Virginia 24523. Participants for the 5k proceed out of the church driveway and left on to Oakwood St, From then it will follow the Bedford Loop such as in years past.  Proceeding right on Longwood Ave., right on Hampton Ave., left turn on Locust St. then left onto Elm St., right turn back on Longwood Ave., turn right into Old Bedford Middle School parking lot, across parking lot then turn right onto Peaks St., right onto Witfield Dr., right on Oakwood St., cross over Oakwood St and back into the exit of Bedford Baptist Church.

100% of the proceeds raised will go for scholarships to low and fixed income families, seniors and individuals which enables them to join the YMCA’s Health & Wellness and Childcare programs.

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