RRRC Bear Creek 10 Mile Trail Run

Sun December 6, 2020 Cumberland, VA 23040 US Directions
RRRC members $10 off

10 Mile Trail Run

$35 8:30AM EST
Sorry! This event is full.
Join the Waiting List Registration ends December 3, 2020 at 11:59pm EST

YES! This will be an in-person race in December 2020.

Registration will be capped at 200 runners with staggered starts and other features to ensure social distancing at the start/finish area.

See the COVID-19 Precautions & Procedures for details.

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 200 runners for 2020. 

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.

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 leaves, 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 and even then some runners manage to wander off course. The start and finish lines will be altered for 2020 because of COVID-19 precautions.

See the COVID-19 Precautions & Procedures for details.

Water will be available at two locations along the course (WS on the map).


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. 

Start Corrals

The race will use staggered starts with designated corrals and start times - a corral with 15 runners starting every 5 minutes. The first corral starts at 8:30 AM.

  • During registration, you must provide an estimated finish time for this 10-mile trail race and select a start corral. 
  • Corrals 1-5 are for faster runners: corral 1 for runners with an expected finish time of 1:40 or faster, corrals 2 & 3 for finish time of 1:50 or faster, and corrals 4 & 5 for finish time of under 2:00.   
  • Corrals 6-14 are for anyone planning to finish the race in over 2:00 hours. 
  • You may use "Manage Registration" to change your corral selection after registration. 

Slower runners: If you anticipate taking longer than 3 hours to complete the race, we encourage you to select a lower numbered corral (e.g., 6-9) for an earlier start time.

Can I walk or hike this event?

This is a trail race. In 2019, 95% of participants finished this 10-mile course in under 3 hours. 

Walkers/hikers are welcome to participate. We ask that walkers or hikers who anticipate taking longer than 3 hours to complete the 10-mile course, start the race in corrals 6-9 (around 8:55-9:05 AM) if those corral options are available when you register.

Registration Fees & Rules

Until Tuesday Oct. 20 @ 8:00 AM, only Richmond Road Runner Club (RRRC) members may register for the race. 

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

Online Registration

  • RRRC members: $25 plus processing fee. Non-members: $35 plus processing fee.
  • Online registration is capped at 200 runners.
  • Online registration will close THURSDAY DECEMBER 3 @ 11:59 PM or when the race is at capacity.

Withdrawal & Waitlist

  • A runner may withdraw from the race before Sunday, November 30 @ 11:59 PM. You will receive a refund of the race registration fee (but not the initial processing fee). Log into your RunSignup account, find 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. 

There is NO 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.

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 Sunday, November 29 @ 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 off the waitlist after that date may be able to get a race shirt at packet pick up, while the supply lasts.

Prizes (gift certificates) 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+) 

Finisher prizes will be based on chip time. There will be no awards ceremony. All prizes will be mailed to the winners after the race.

Drive-by Check In & Packet Pick Up - Race Day Only

On race morning only starting at 7:30 AM!

The drive-by check-in station will be along the road near 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

Race Contact Info

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