Races and Course Descriptions
15K TRAIL RACE
Are you ready to take your trail running to the next level? Our 15K is designed to expose participants to the true essence of endurance trail running. The first 2/3 of the course will be our award-winning 10K...and then the FUN starts! The final 5K could be the one of the more challenging 5K's you've encountered. It starts by climbing the steep trail to RVR's famous triple zip line and then returning to the valley. The trail then crosses Grave Run Road, takes you along the Muddy Creek through the center of RVR, and then winds through a scenic wooded trail on the eastern edge of RVR's property. The trail then peaks at the highest point on the property with a spectacular nearly 360 view of the Gunpowder Valley before returning to the finish area in the Old West town. Runners should be prepared to encounter rocky terrain, at least 5 SIGNIFICANT hills, several river crossings (you will get wet!) and occasional underbrush. While there will be 7 water stops, we still suggest runners bring their own hydration. IMPORTANT NOTE: Due to the challenging nature of this course we suggest your training plan be closer to a 1/2 marathon plan than a 15K. Also be sure to include regular hill training for best results.
10K TRAIL RACE
Our signature race, the 10K is an authentic Trail Run. If you are looking for a leisurely trail run like the NCR, this is not for you! This highly acclaimed course begins in the lush river valley and proceeds to the top of the Fort Roller hill, overlooking the scenic Western Town below. It then moves primarily through wooded trails (moderate to steep up and down grades) to a Rocky Ridge trail scramble where runners can choose from several paths that end in the same place. The trail then winds its way to the Cigar Tree Field where you’ll encounter a trail carved in one of RVR’s current crops, followed by the infamous "Dead Man's Hill" (relatively short but a doozy!). Gradually descending to the Gunpowder River, racers will next have the option to cross through the river (for the REAL trail runners of course) or across a single lane tree bridge. You'll then enjoy a flat series of single track trail following the river (a welcome cooler section of terrain), pass back thru the starting line, up Grave Run Rd, and back down thru our Old West town, across the covered bridge to the finish! Congratulations...you've now completed one of America's Premier 10K Trail Runs!
5K ROAD RACE
This out and back course will begin in the woods of the lush valley of RVR on a groomed trail. It will then proceed for several miles on paved country roads lined with shade trees. The first 2/3 of the race is a slight incline while the second 1/3 is a slight decline. For those looking to PR on this course should be sure to plan for the slight elevation change (ie- be sure you leave something in the tank for the last 1/3 as you can fly through this section). The race will finish right through our authentic 19th century western town, crossing the Gunpowder Falls river through our covered bridge to the finish line. While not nationally ranked, our 5K course gets rave reviews from participants each year.
5K Trail Race
A great way to break into trail running! PLUS, you get to experience a portion of our award winning 10k trail race, including the water crossing option. This race starts in the valley and begins with uphill terrain towards Fort Roller, including 2 significant hills as it joins the 10K course just before mile 4. Once you've conquered these you are well on your way to becoming an official RVR Trail runner!
KIDSFEST FAMILY AREA (FREE)
This year we are opening our Kidsfest area to all participants free of charge! While there will be no official kids races this year, we will be making this area available to families just after the 5K races begin.
Why We Are Not Offering Kids Races Any More: While we love providing fun activities for kids (hey, its what we do at RVR), we heard from many parents over the years that it was challenging running their race and then trying to make it over for their kids race (having to miss the awards ceremony, VIP tent, post race area, etc). We also heard that it was difficult having multiple kids, some of whom did not run but wanted to do Kidsfest. So, we decided to offer Kidsfest to all runners and their families FREE OF CHARGE and keep it open the entire time to drop in as you want. For those with older kids who still want to run, we encourage you have them run/walk with you on either the 5K road race (beginners) or the brand new 5K Trail Race (intermediate). Hope to see you and your family out on race day!
Wanna be a part of the excitement but for whatever reason can't be here to participate on race day? No sweat, you can still support RVR and get all the registration benefits by signing up as a Cyber Runner! Simply run a 10k anywhere in your neighborhood any day between 8/1 and 8/20. Send us your time via Strava, GPS, Runkeeper, or another digital format to receive our finisher shirt, medal, and an invitation to our Virtual Event Bag.