Race Day

Race Day ~ October 24th, 2020

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.

6:00 am Race Day Packet/Chip pick-up opens (at Fort Roller Campus)
7:40 am National Anthem for all races
7:50 am HALF Announcements
8:00 am River Valley Run HALF START!
8:20 am 10K Announcements
8:30 am River Valley Run 10K START!
8:50 am 5K Announcements
9:00 am River Valley Run 5K TRAIL START!
10:30 am 10K, & 5K Awards Ceremony Begins
11:00 am HALF & Stampede Challenge Awards Ceremony Begins
12:00 pm Grounds Close

What to Bring

DO Bring: Your bib, your ID, spending money for vendors, a sense of adventure!
DO NOT bring: Pets, coolers, glass containers, alcohol or tobacco products. NO dogs on campus.

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 6:00 am and closes promptly at 11:30 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 HALF, 10K, 5K, and 1-Mile Run/Walk will be held at Fort Roller, in between the 4 dorms.

Starting Corrals & Wave Starts

As a way to reduce congestion at the start, all HALF, 10K, & 5K participants will be organized in corrals based on your estimated per mile running pace. 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:

  • HALF – 3 wave starts, 2 minutes apart
  • 10K – 3 wave starts, 2 minutes apart
  • 5K – 2 wave starts, 2 minutes apart

Course Restrictions

HALF, 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 headphones or audible music on these courses, due to their technical nature.

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.


  • HALF: 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
  • POST-RACE: Reusable cups will be provided at Finish Line & Post Race area


Located in the Fort and at 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:

HALF, 10K, & 5K:

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+

Stampede Challenge Awards

  • Awards for the top 3 teams (calculated by lowest combined times)

KidsFest (Opens at 10:00 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