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River Valley Run Festival

  • River Valley Ranch Manchester, MD (map)

Online Registration is now closed. Registration will be available at the Packet Pick-up Sessions as well as on race day morning.

The River Valley Run Trail Festival is Maryland's premier trail run festival event for the whole family! 

Runners of all types are sure to find the challenge that's right for them as our trail festival features 4 exciting races through 500 breathtaking wooded acres:
1) a nationally recognized & award winning 10K trail race.
2) a 15K Trail Race for those after an even bigger endurance challenge.
3) a scenic 5K Road Race on the country roads of Carroll County MD.
4) a 5K Trail Race for those looking to take the leap into Maryland trail running!

In addition to our awesome races we offer a free Kidsfest area with games and entertainment for those who want to have your family join in the fun!

Entry Fees

As a certified Green Event, our goal is to have 100% non-paper registration. Packet-Pickup and Race Day registration will also be available, as space allows.

As a certified Green Event, our goal is to have 100% non-paper registration. Packet-Pickup and Race Day registration will also be available, as space allows.

The River Valley Run does not allow for refunds of entry fees. However, we understand that circumstances arise so you may defer your registration or downgrade your race event:


If you would like to downgrade or upgrade races (eg- switch from the 15K to the 10K, 5K to 10K, etc...), or if you are now unable to attend and would like to transfer your registration to a friend or family member, you may do so for a $10 fee. You can do this yourself in your account up until August 10th.


If you become injured or circumstances arise that keep you from participating in the River Valley Run Trail Festival in any capacity in 2018, you may defer your entry to 2019. Deferments are for one year's use only and cannot be applied to subsequent years after that time. There is a $10 processing fee to defer. You may do this anytime before August 10th by completing the form by clicking here and going to the Deferment section.

Race Information

Race Amenities

  • Virtual Race Bag 
    (filled with a number of printable coupons and deals)
  • Discounted Premium Under Armour Race Shirt Option 
    (only $15 and only available for this price during registration)
  • Product Giveaways 
    (available at packet pickup locations, while supplies last)
  • Post-race refreshments

Packet Pick-Up

We strongly encourage you to come to one of the 3 packet pickup locations PRIOR to the race to get your packet. There will be race day packet-pickup from 5:30-7am as well. When you come, please remember to BRING A PRINTOUT OF YOUR EMAIL CONFIRMATION OR YOUR PHOTO ID for packet pick-up. This is for your safety, to make sure someone else does not walk off with your race kit. If you are picking up for a friend/friends, you must have their confirmation as well (or a photo of their ID/confirmation email on your phone).

Wednesday, August 15th from 4-7PM

Charm City Run - Columbia
7090 Deepage Drive, Columbia, MD 21045

Thursday, August 16th from 4-7PM

Charm City Run - Timonium
2045 York Road, Timonium, MD 21093

Race Day:

starting at 5:30 AM on-site (in Old Town Meeting House)

Race Day Schedule

All race times are subject to change. A final schedule will be posted a few weeks before the event. Click here to view our grounds map and get your bearings.

5:30-6:45am Race Day Packet/Chip pick-up opens (in Old Town Meeting House)

6:45 am 15k Warm-up at the start

6:50 am 15k National Anthem & Announcements

7:00 am River Valley Run 15k START!

7:15 am 10k Warm-up at the start

7:20 am 10k National Anthem & Announcements

7:25 am River Valley Run 10k START!

7:35 am 5K Trail & Road Warm-Up at the start

7:40 am 5k National Anthem & Announcements

7:45 am River Valley Run 5K TRAIL & ROAD START!

8:00 am Kidsfest opens

9:30 am 15K, 10K, & 5K's Awards Ceremony Begins (held in front of Ole Town Meeting House)

10:00 am Roads REOPEN (you may now exit from parking lots)

11:00 am Grounds Close

What to Bring

DO Bring: Your bib, your ID, spending money for vendors, a sense of adventure!
DON'T bring: Pets, coolers, glass containers, alcohol or tobacco products.

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 5:30 am and closes promptly at 10:30 am.



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 enters the woods, winding 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. It then returns to River Valley Ranch where you will climb to the highest point on RVR 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 and occasional underbrush. While there will be 6 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.


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!'ve now completed one of America's Premier 10K Trail Runs!

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 heads up to Fort Roller and joins the 10k course just before mile 4.


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 This Year: 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.


Race volunteers needed! We are looking for high school students and older to help with registrations, race set-up and tear-down, the post-race round-up, and much more. All volunteers receive a free performance shirt. If you are interested in volunteering, you can find and register for a position on our Volunteer Page.

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