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YES! This still will be an in-person race. The current Executive Order states: "Races or marathons may have up to 250 participants, provided staggered starts separate runners into groups of 25 or less." The original race plan complies with the current requirements and we have confirmed that with the park.
Things may change over the next three weeks so we still can't guarantee that the race will happen in-person. We'll let you know as soon as possible if the plans have to change.
Registration will be capped at 200 runners with staggered starts and other features to ensure social distancing at the start/finish area.
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.
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.
Water will be available at two locations along the course (WS on the map).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Withdrawal & Waitlist
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.
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.
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:
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.
On race morning only starting at 7:45 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.
Ralph Gibbs and Dave Trump
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