Race Day

Race Day ~ August 18th, 2019

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.

Race Day Schedule

All race times are subject to change. A final schedule will be posted a few weeks before the event. Click here to view our grounds map and get your bearings.

5:30-6:45am Race Day Packet/Chip pick-up opens (in Old Town Meeting House)
6:45 am 15k Warm-up at the start
6:50 am 15k National Anthem & Announcements
7:00 am River Valley Run 15k START!
7:15 am 10k Warm-up at the start
7:20 am 10k National Anthem & Announcements
7:25 am River Valley Run 10k START!
7:35 am 5K Trail & Road Warm-Up at the start
7:40 am 5k National Anthem & Announcements
7:45 am River Valley Run 5K TRAIL & ROAD START!
8:00 am Kidsfest opens
9:30 am 15K, 10K, & 5K's Awards Ceremony Begins (held in front of Ole Town Meeting House)
10:00 am Roads REOPEN (you may now exit from parking lots)
11:00 am Grounds Close

What to Bring

DO Bring: Your bib, your ID, spending money for vendors, a sense of adventure!
DON'T bring: Pets, coolers, glass containers, alcohol or tobacco products.

Bag Check

A gear check tag is on your bib, which will be placed on your bag when you drop it off. Make sure to hold on to your bib to pick up your bag after the race! Bag check opens at 5:30 am and closes promptly at 10:30 am.

Day-Of Packet Pick-up or Registration

We STRONGLY RECOMMEND picking up your packet ahead of time to ensure any registration problems are minimized (see packet pick-up locations).

Race Day Packet pick up and registration (if spots are still available) for the 15K, 10K, and 5K's will be held in the Ole Town Meeting House, located in the center of the western town (large green building across the bridge). Any offline donations raised can be turned in at the Check-in table at this time as well.

2018 Under Armour Short Sleeve Race Shirts

If you would like to purchase this year's UnderArmour race shirt on race day, they will be available at the Run Store by the finish line for $25, while supplies last. We recommend purchasing your shirt during the online registration process to save $10.

Starting Corrals & Wave Starts

As a way to reduce congestion at the start (we have a fairly narrow starting area), all 15K, 10K, & 5K participants will be organized in corrals based on your estimated per mile running pace. At the starting line, look for the corral markers with the "minute/mile" numbers on them and stand between your appropriate times (ie- if you run about 8 ½ min. miles, stand between the “8 Min Mile” sign and the “9 Min Mile” sign). Your official time will not start until you cross the starting line so it doesn’t matter where in line you start.

Wave start schedule:

  • 15K – 2 wave starts, 2 minutes apart
  • 10K – 4 wave starts, 2 minutes apart
  • 5K's – 4 wave starts, 1 minutes apart (Trail in the 1st 2 waves and Road in the 2nd 2 waves)

Course Change for 2018

A few weeks back, RVR experienced significant flooding due to the heavy rains throughout the region.  Unfortunately, several of our footbridges (including the one we use as a dry option for our trail races) were washed out.  As a result, we will not be able to provide a dry option for our 15K, 10K and 5K trail races.  Therefore, all trail runners will be crossing the river at very shallow locations in several spots along the trails.  You WILL get wet and IT WILL BE AWESOME!   The locations where you cross will be no higher than shin deep.


The 5K and 10K will have one mandatory water crossing (both in the last 1/3 of the race) and the 15K will have two spots where runners will cross the rivers.  If you have any questions about these crossings, you can email run@rivervalleyranch.com.


The 5K Road race was not impacted by the rains and will not have any changes to its course.



Course Restrictions

15K, 10K, & 5K Trail: 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 iPod's or mp3 players on these courses, or audible music, due to their technical nature.

5K ROAD: Baby joggers, wagons, and strollers are welcome, as long as you start at the back, and are respectful to other participants. No pets please.

Water and/or Energy Drink Stops

We will be providing water on the course for all races and at the finish area. You may bring your own hydration, Hydropouch (ultra-light cup that clips on your belt) or use our provided cups.


  • 15k: 2.25 mile, 3.25 mile, 3.75 mile, 4.5 mile, 7 mile and 8.5 mile
  • 10K: 2 mile, 3.25 mile, 3.75 mile, 4.5 mile
  • 5K Trail: 1.25 and 2 miles
  • 5K: 2.25 mile (the high point of the course)
  • POST-RACE: Reusable cups will be provided at Finish Line & Post Race area


Located by the starting line, finish line, and Kidsfest.

Post-Race Round-Up & Awards Ceremony

Be sure to stay for the Post-race Round-up ceremony. We will recognize the top participants and runners up in each age group and hand out fundraiser prize awards. Finisher-food (including a FitFul Box, watermelon, protein bars, and more) will be available for race participants, as well as time to relax and cool down after the race with activities for the entire family.

Awards will be given to the following groups:

15K, 10K & 5K Trail Races:

1st - 3rd Place in the following categories:

  • Male Overall, Male 19 & under, Male 20-29, Male 30-39, Male 40-49, Male 50-59, Male 60+
  • Female Overall, Female 19 & under, Female 20-29, Female 30-39, Female 40-49, Female 50-59, Female 60+

5K Road Race:

1st - 3rd Place in the following categories:

  • Male Overall, Male Under 9, Male 10-19, Male 20-29, Male 30-39, Male 40-49, Male 50-59, Male 60+
  • Female Overall, Female Under 9, Female 10-19, Female 20-29, Female 30-39, Female 40-49, Female 50-59, Female 60+

KidsFest (Opens at 8:00 am)

brought to you by Dentistry for Kids and Hunt Valley Orthodontics

Brought to you by Dentistry for Kids and Hunt Valley Orthodontics, Kidsfest is a FREE post race party for families who participate in one of the River Valley Run races. Kidsfest will include a number of exciting activities for kids and families such as:

  • Climbing Tower
  • Bouncy Horses
  • Balloon artist
  • Corn hole boards
  • Inflatables: wacky combo, obstacle course, water slide (as often as time/space permits)
  • Face-painting (as often as time/space permits)
  • Gaga (one of RVR's most popular activities!)

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