2014 River Valley Run - Maryland's Premier Trail Run Event

Event Date

Sat, Aug 16, 2014


Manchester, MD

About This Activity

A truly unique event with something for everyone from the casual run/walker to the serious trail runner. Highlights include: Rated a Top Ten 10k in America by Active.com & Serious running, $15 Premium Under Armour Upgrade shirt, certified green event, great prizes, scenic course, breakfast buffet, and activities for the whole family.

Event details and schedule

Saturday, August 16 at 8 a.m.
River Valley Ranch
4443 Grave Run Rd., Manchester, Md.
Certified Green event

This year's event will be capped. Register early to ensure your spot. 

LIMITED UPGRADE OFFER! We have heard you. You've said you are tired of getting another cheap race shirt that you seldom wear. So, we will be offering an option to upgrade to the newly-designed Under Armour Tech Race shirt for only $15!  We will not be offering a regular cotton T-shirt with registration. Instead, we will be giving a free reusable bag as part of registration.

NOTE: Under Armour availability guaranteed to first 900 registrants.  After that availability may be limited. If shirts are available on race day, they will cost $25. Due to occasional Under Armour stocking issues, the colors may be subject to change.

Watch the May edition of our Inside the Run video series to get info on which shirt size is right for you.

Packet Pick-ups:

Wednesday, August 13th from 9AM-1PM
Charm City Run - Baltimore City
1713 Whetstone Way Baltimore, MD 21230

Wednesday, August 13th from 3-7PM
Grace Bible Church
3250 Charmil Drive, Manchester, Maryland 21102
410 374-9306

Thursday, August 14th from 3-7PM
Brick Bodies - Reisterstown
2 Chartley Drive Chartley Shopping Center Reisterstown, MD 21136

Friday, August 15th from 3-7PM
Brick Bodies - Padonia/Timonium
2430 Broad Ave. Timonium, MD 21093



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 trail running. The course winds through the pristine Prettyboy watershed directly adjacent to River Valley Ranch. Runners will follow a section from the abandoned Gunpowder Valley Railroad, built in the late 1800’s to service the Hoffman paper mills. Runners should be prepared to encounter rocky terrain, mud, significant hills, several river crossings and occasional underbrush. There will be 3 water stops, but we strongly suggest runners bring their own hydration.

10K Trail Race: The course begins on paved roads and groomed trails in the lush valley and then proceed to the top of the hill overlooking the scenic Western Town below. It will then proceed primarily through wooded trails (with some moderate to steep up and down grades), up River Valley Ranch's infamous Dead Man's Hill, gradually descending to the Gunpowder River where racers will have the option to cross through the river or dry on walkboards and proceed on flat terrain to the finish line. Trails will range from groomed to open field to semi-rocky terrain.

Because of the challenging nature of this course, we regret NO baby joggers, strollers or pets allowed.

5K Race:The race will begin in the woods of the lush valley of River Valley Ranch on a groomed trail. It will then proceed for several miles on paved country roads. The race will finish right through our authentic 19th century western town, crossing the Gunpowder Falls river on our covered bridge to the finish line.

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

Starting Corrals: As a way to reduce congestion at the start, all participants will be organized in corrals based on your estimated per mile running time. At the starting line, look for the corrals with the minute/mile numbers on them and stand between your appropriate times.

Awards:Medals will be awarded to the top male and female runner overall, as well as the top 3 male and female in the following age groups: 15 and under, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 and older.

NEW in 2014! Kids Stampede: A 1-mile Kids trail run. Finisher medals for every child.  Awards for the top 3 finishers.

NEW in 2014! Toddler Trot: A fun run for kids ages 2-5.

Post-Race: Be sure to stay for the post-race ceremony to announce award winners. A continental breakfast buffet, including fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, Chick-fil-a chicken biscuits and more will be also be available also.

Team Challenge:

Recruit some friends, family, neighbors or co-workers to be a part of the River Valley Run Team Challenge. The team with the largest number of registered participants and the team raising the most money in pledges wins the grand prize of a River Valley Ranch Adventure experience. All members of the winning team will win a day trip to the Ranch where you can participate in an exciting adventure activity. Choose from one of the following: 1700' triple zip line (the longest on the east coast), 30' high giant swing, paintball games or an hour-long horseback ride along with a delicious meal for your entire group. Be sure to have everyone put the name of your team on the registration form.


Participants in the River Valley Run have the opportunity to raise additional donations to support the programs of RVR. All pledge collectors who raise more than $100 will have the opportunity to win a number of great prizes and experiences at RVR. The top pledge collector will receive an Apple iPad 3.

Get race updates, training tips and win some great prizes by becoming a fan of the River Valley Run on Facebook

Cancellation Policy: The River Valley Run does not allow for refunds or transfers of entry. We understand circumstances arise after you have registered for a race that would keep you from participating. The River Valley Run has several different options to assist with this:

Deferment: If you become injured or circumstances arise that keep you from participating in the River Valley Run in any capacity in 2013, you may defer your race entry until 2014. There is a $10 processing fee to do so. To take advantage of this offer, please either mail  (with check) or fax (with credit card) the deferment form stating your request. If paying by check, make it payable to River Valley Ranch and mail to: River Valley Ranch, 4443 Grave Run Rd., Manchester, Md. 21102

This process cannot be completed via email or phone as we need written confirmation and payment to process your request. Your deferment confirmation will be emailed to you. When registration opens in April 2015, you will need to print out an entry form and either fax or mail it in with a note that you deferred from last year. ALL DEFERMENT REQUESTS MUST BE RECEIVED WITH PAYMENT by August 9. NO EXCEPTIONS.

Changing Races: If you would like to switch from the 10K to the 5K or vice versa, you may downgrade for a $10 fee. To do so, log into your Active account and do it there.

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