River Valley Run Trail Festival

5K, 10K, 1 Mile, Other

Event Date

Sat, Aug 13, 2016


Manchester, MD


Activity Today Later

15K Trail Race - Individual

$50 $55 Closed

10K Trail Race - Individual

$40 $45 Closed

5K Country Road Race - Individual

$25 $25 Closed

Kids Stampede - 1 Mile Trail - Individual

$15 $15 Closed

Toddler Trot - Individual

$10 $15 Closed

Cyber Run - Individual Age group/open

$50 $50 Closed

About This Activity

The River Valley Run is Maryland's premier trail run event! Our event features 5 exciting races: 1) Our nationally recognized and award winning10k trail race through 500 breathtaking wooded acres, 2) a scenic 5k road course on the country roads of Carroll County, 3) a 15k trail race for those looking for an even bigger challenge, 4) a 1 mile Kid's Stampede, and 5) a Toddler Trot for our youngest runners to get their feet wet. The River Valley Run has something for the whole family!

Event details and schedule

Race Day Schedule

All race times are subject to change. A final schedule will be posted a few weeks before the event.

6:30am-7:30am 15k/10k Packet/Chip pick-up opens (in Ole Town Meeting House)
7:00am–8:00am 5k & Kids Stampede Packet Pick-up (in Ole Town Meeting House)
7:45 am 15k Warm-up at the start
7:50 am 15k National Anthem & Announcements
8:00am River Valley Run 15k START! 
8:05 am 10k Warm-up at the start
8:10 am 10k National Anthem & Announcements
8:20 am River Valley Run 10k START!
8:35 am 5k Warm-Up at the start
8:40 am 5k National Anthem & Announcements
8:45 am River Valley Run 5K START!
10:15 am 15k, 10k, & 5k Awards Ceremony Begins (held in front of Ole Town Meeting House)
10:20 am All Kids race participants arrive at Kidsfest
10:30 am Roads REOPEN. You may now exit from parking lots.
10:40 am Toddler Trot START!
10:50 am Kids Stampede START!
Dentistry for Kids Kidsfest Opens! 
12:00 pm Grounds Close

What to Bring

DO Bring: Your ID, cash for fun and yummy things, a sense of adventure!

DON'T bring: Pets, coolers, glass containers, alcohol or tobacco products.

Bag Check

We will be offering a complimentary bag check to all runners. A tag with your race number will be placed on your bag. 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 10:30 am.

NOTE: Please use your complimentary reusable Race Bag to place all your items in when checking a bag.

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 will be held in the Ole Town Meeting House, located in the left 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. Kids Stampede, Kids Stampede Child Care, and Toddler Trot will check in at the Buffalo Lodge (look for signs).

2016 Under Armour Long-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 $30, while supplies last. We recommend purchasing your shirt during the online registration process.

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 – 2 wave starts, 2 minutes apart

Course Restrictions

15K & 10K: 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, due to their technical nature.

5K: 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

  • PRE-RACE: Outside the Ole Town Meeting House
  • POST-RACE: at Finish Line & Post Race Round-Up area
    • 15k: 3 & 6 mile mark. Racers strongly encouraged to bring own hydration.
    • 10K: 1½ mile, 2½ mile, 3¼ mile, 3¾ mile, 4½ mile
    • 5K: 2¼ mile (the high point of the course)


Located by check-in, the 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 mostly local fresh fruit, yogurt, bagels, Chick-Fil-A chicken biscuits, 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.

Medals will be awarded to the top male and female runners overall for each race. Medals will also be awarded to the top 3 males and females in the following age groups: 12 & under, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, and 60+.

KidsFest (10:45am-12:00pm)


Important Note: We will no longer be offering child-care for Stampede partcipants. All parents need to be prepared to be responsible for their children throughout the entire Trail Festival.

Kidsfest is designed as an all-inclusive 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:

  • Relay races
  • Balloon artist
  • Corn hole boards
  • Pony rides (As often as time/space permits)
  • Inflatables: moon bounce, obstacle course, jousting (as often as time/space permits)
  • Face-painting (as often as time/space permits)
  • Gaga (one of RVR's most popular activities!)
  • Bag of popcorn (limit 1)

Kidsfest bracelets can be purchased for kids who DON'T participate in our kids races for $10 on race day (after 10:30 am at Kidsfest).

Donate Your Shoes

Want to make a difference with your old running shoes? Donate them at the Soles4Souls tent in the post race area.

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

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