RRRC Bear Creek 10 Mile Trail Run

In-person Sunday, Mar. 12, 2023 Directions
Description

NEW RACE DATE: Sunday, March 12, 2023

This Spring, the General Assembly passed and the Governor signed SB 8 Hunting on Sundays; permits hunting on public or private land, etc. The race uses trails in the Cumberland State Forest, which will now be open for Sunday hunting. Our traditional December race date is in the middle of the firearms hunting seasons for deer and turkey. We consulted with Department of Forestry officials on options. Ultimately,  we decided that changing the date to March is the best option for the safety of runners and volunteers. We'll obtain a special use permit from the Department of Forestry, because there still may be small game and bird hunting seasons in effect at that time. The State Forest will post a no-hunting buffer zone along the Willis River Trail and the Cumberland Multi-use Trail on race day.

 

Registration for the race will open on January 1, 2023. 

 

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. This is an in-person race with registration capped at 275 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.

All dates and other information are tentative and subject to change.

Place
Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland, VA -- Race Check-in and Starting Area
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. We're planning some minor adjustments of the course to make the first 1/2 mile and last 1/2 mile a little more runner-friendly in 2022. 

RACE START: We will have an open start window of 15 minutes from 8:30 AM to 8:45 AM. We encourage runners going for speed on the course to start at 8:30 AM. Others may walk up and start when they are ready. The start line will close at 8:45 AM.

WATER STATIONS: Water will be available at two locations along the course (WS on the map). WE ARE A "CUP-FREE" RACE. BRING YOUR PERSONAL HYDRATION CONTAINER (CUP, BOTTLE, BLADDER) FOR USE AT THE WATER STATIONS.

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. 

Race Co-Directors

Ralph Gibbs and Dave Trump

Race Contact Info

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Directions

Bear Creek Lake State Park, Cumberland, VA -- Race Check-in and Starting Area

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