Race Day

Race day is October 14, 2023 and we can't wait for you to join us for one last, epic, memorable trail festival together! Plus, we've got some EXTRA fun things planned for this final festival, including climbing towers, s'mores pits, live music, a photo booth, and raffle giveaways!

The River Valley Run Trail Festival will take place rain or shine! In the event of extreme weather conditions that day, it is possible we may adjust the start time or make other changes, in which case you will be notified via email and on our website.

Click here to view event grounds map

Click here to see parking location

*Parking Note* If primary parking field fills there will be an overflow parking area from which people will be required to take a shuttle. Make sure you allow enough time for that possibility when deciding your arrival time.

Packet Pick-Up

Packet pick up will be available on race day starting at 6:30am and open until the last wave of the 5k starts at 10am. Packet pickup is also available the Thursday before the race in Hunt Valley. Please see the before the event page for more information on our earlier Thursday packet pickup option.

Picking up someone else's packet? You must bring a copy of their confirmation or a letter, text or email giving permission for you to pick up on their behalf.

Parking & Bag Check

You will have to walk a bit from the parking area to packet pickup and the race start. We will be offering bag check this year if you would like to store items near the event and do not wish to walk back to your car. Please note: YOU MUST BRING YOUR OWN BAG FOR BAG CHECK. Bag check will be located near the registration area. If you wish to wear a sweater then discard before the race, we will have a clothing donation box for discarded jackets or sweaters that you may wish to donate at the start of the race. Please keep in mind that you will not be able to retrieve these clothing items after the race.

Click here see an aerial map of parking location.

Race Start Times

Half Marathon starts at 8:00am
Half Marathon will offer 4 corrals of 50 people sorted by estimated finish times. Waves will start every 3 minutes.

One-Mile Walk starts at 8:30am

10K starts at 9:00am
10k will offer 6 corrals of 50 people, with waves starting every 3 minutes.

5K starts at 9:45am
The 5k will offer 3 corrals of 50 people, with waves starting every 3 minutes.

You may switch corrals to start with a running partner if your estimated finish time differs then theirs. Please remember there is no day of registration available.

Water Stops

There will be 3 water stops on course for the Half Marathon, 2 for the 10k, and one for the 5k. See course descriptions for location info.

Tailwind nutrition endurance fuel will be offered on course as well. Water will also be available at the finish line.


There is one medic tent on course for the half marathon and 10k as well as medics available at the finish line.


Port-A-Pots will be located near the parking lot outside of the fort gates, next to the starting corral areas, and in the post race area.

Post Race Food

Runner food will be located in the tent past the finish line and available for all race participants.


Spectators are allowed but must remain in the cheer zones and post race area. Spectators are not allowed in the fort gates until the award ceremony. Cheer zones are set up near the start and the finish.

Awards Ceremony

Awards will be given to the top three overall for each race distance as well as the top three in each age group. Awards will be given to the fastest collected times for those entered in the stampede challenge.

Timing for awards is as follows:

  • 5K Race = 10:30am
  • 10K Race = 10:45am
  • Half Marathon = 11:00am

What to Bring

DO Bring: Your bib with emergency contact written on the back, an extra pair of shoes to drive home in (your race shoes will get wet!) your ID, spending money for vendors, a bag if you intend to use bag check, and a sense of adventure!
Do NOT bring: Pets (NO DOGS or other pets on campus), coolers, glass containers, alcohol or tobacco products.

Course Restrictions

Because of the challenging nature of these beautiful courses, we regret NO baby joggers, strollers, or pets allowed. Also, for your safety and the runners around you we suggest no headphones or audible music on these courses, due to technical nature.

Cut Off Time

In order to help our races run smoother and more efficient, we have implemented a cut off time for the half marathon. The cut off time will be 3 and a half hours and the distance will be the 11 mile mark. We feel this time and distance is fair and very attainable.

Questions about the race? Email us at run@rivervalleyranch.com