Trail Running Events at Dominion Energy Riverrock

In-Person: May 15 - May 16 / Virtual: May 14 - May 16

In-Person, Forest Hill Park

Forest Hill 5k

05/15 8:00AM EDT
In-Person, Forest Hill Park

James River Scramble (10kish)

05/15 7:00AM EDT
In-Person, Forest Hill Park

Bust the Banks Half Marathon

05/16 7:00AM EDT

Updates for 2021

Participate In-Person or Virtually

Start & Finish - Forest Hill Park near the Stone House

Participant Limit - 500 per distance

Packet Pick Up - Race Morning Only

Cup-less event - There will be self-serve water refill stations on the course. Remember to bring your handheld water bottles, hydration belts, or hydration pack.

Masks - Masks must be worn when not racing.

Start times - Start times are based on your per mile trail pace that you enter when registering. 

Starting blocks - starting groups will be 5 participants about every 2 minutes

COVID-19 Impacts & Procedures

Forest Hill 5k(ish)

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Packet Pick Up: 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Starts: 8:00 AM

Course: Starts near the historic Stone house & then head straight for the challenging trails that loop around the park. The course starts out nice & easy, then a little rock hopping gets you across Reedy Creek. After that the difficulty picks up with undulating trails & meandering switchbacks that overlook the creek & lake in the park. Another Reedy Creek crossing via bridge signals you are closing in on the finish but there is still work to be done. There is approximately another mile of trails filled with hairpin turns before you approach the finish line back near the Stone House.

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James River Scramble (10kish)

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Packet Pick Up: 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Starts: 7:00 AM

Course: Start near the Stone House at the front of park before heading onto the single track trail counterclockwise. Cross through the tubes underneath Riverside Dr & head east on Buttermilk. Continue until you get to the 42nd St stairs, down the stairs, & continue to the vehicle access bridge to Belle Isle. Follow the trail counterclockwise as to the east side of the island before looping back around to hit the trails at the top. After the loop, head back across the vehicle access bridge, take the low water trail to the fire road before hopping on the Reedy Creek riverside trails. You'll exit the trails at the Reedy Creek JRPS Headquarters building, cross over the train tracks, before briefly hoping back on Buttermilk heading west, which brings you along Riverside Dr where you will exit & take a left turn towards 42nd St Follow 42nd St back to the park to the finish line!

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Bust the Banks Half Marathon

Sunday, May 16, 2021

Packet Pick Up: 6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Starts: 7:00 AM

Prepare to take on Richmond's urban single track system on foot. It'll be gritty, and it's gonna be dirty, but it's not an event you want to miss. Dodge tree limbs, climb banks, coast downhill, and navigate to the finish. Run the banks alongside rapids, rocks, and see some amazing views of the city skyline.

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Trail Running Schedule

Friday, May 14, 2021

Virtual Events Start

Saturday, May 15, 2021

6:00 - 7:00 AM: James River Scramble - Packet Pick Up

7:00 AM: James River Scramble - Wave 1 Starts

7:00 - 8:00 AM: Forest Hill 5k - Packet Pick Up

8:00 AM: Forest Hill 5k - Wave 1 Starts

Sunday, May 16, 2021

6:00 - 7:00 AM: Bust the Banks - Packet Pick Up

7:00 AM: Bust the Banks - Wave 1 Starts

Virtual Events End

Help Us Maintain Our World Class Trail System

The James River Park System & the Richmond Riverfront is an extremely important asset to Richmond. Please consider a donation to benefit the James River Park System & Richmond Riverfront. Your gift will help maintain, improve & enhance the James River Park System trails & riverfront. This nationally acclaimed trail system would not be what it is today without the hard work of countless volunteers throughout the year & it is donations like yours that make this work possible. 2019 Dominion Energy Riverrock donations supported two important projects taking place in our Park System & around our Riverfront: rehabbing the Maymont ramp on the North Bank Trail by the James River Park System staff (completed November 2019) & a universal access ramp at Huguenot Flatwater through the James River Outdoor Coalition’s efforts.


Dominion Energy Riverrock, organized by Richmond non-profits Sports Backers & Venture Richmond, began in 2009 & is now the nation's premier outdoor sports & lifestyle festival, bringing athletes, spectators, musicians, & even dogs to Brown’s Island & Historic Tredegar for a three-day festival against the backdrop of downtown Richmond’s urban riverfront. The festival was designed to promote Richmond’s unique riverfront, downtown trails & whitewater rapids to outdoor enthusiasts. As a result of the creation of Dominion Riverrock, there is a stronger appreciation for the value of outdoor recreation throughout the entire Richmond region. 

Sports Backers Venture Richmond

Cancellation Policy

Entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of a race cancellation, postponement, event format changes, and/or if you are unable to participate. Race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. No exceptions. This means once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number or timing chip to anyone else. Anyone found participating with another person’s number will be disqualified and both people will be barred from future Sports Backers events, including the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k and VCU Health Richmond Marathon.

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