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This Richmond Road Runner 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. Online registration is capped at 250 runners. Walk-up registration will be available on race day.
The Bear Creek 10 Miler is a RRRC Championship Event for the 2018 Grand Prix Competition Year. The first male and first female RRRC member in one of four divisions will be awarded the designation of Club Champion for the contested distance for the year. The divisions are: Open Division (any age), Masters Division (40-49 on race day), and Veterans Division (age 50 and over on race day).
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 95% trail and about 5% road. There are no significant elevation changes, but 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. Please note the slight course change from last year starting approximately at mile 3.5 (old route is grayed out).
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, WATER, 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 master finisher awards.
Runners must be 14 years of age or older to participate in this trail run.
Online Registration is capped at 250 runners (and closes THURSDAY NOVEMBER 29 @ 11:59 PM or when at capacity)
RRRC members: $20 plus processing fee. Non-members: $30 plus processing fee
Race Day Registration (on-site only) will be available (you are not guaranteed a shirt):
RRRC members and non-members: $30 (CASH ONLY - please bring exact change)
Any discounts will be applied at check out.
All entry fees and processing fees 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.
Water stops will be available at two locations along the course. Water and snacks will be available in the finish area.
On race morning only starting at 7:30 AM at the Bear Creek Meeting Hall (follow the signs once you enter the park).
Runners registering for the Bear Creek 10 Miler by Tuesday, November 20 @ 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.
The top three male finishers overall and top three female finishers overall and the top male and female masters (age 40+) finishers receive prizes/awards.
The race will be manually timed by Richmond Road Runners Club. Times will be posted on this website (Results menu tab) several hours after the conclusion of the race.
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