Rated a Top Ten 10k in America by Active.com & Serious running, the River Valley Run is a truly unique event with something for everyone from the casual run/walker to the serious trail runner. Highlights include: Chip timing, $15 Premium Under Armour Upgrade shirt, certified green event, great prizes, scenic course, breakfast buffet, and activities for the whole family.
10k Trail Race:
This is an authentic Trail Run, rated the #4 10k in America by
SeriousRunning.com and a Top Ten 10k in the nation by Active.com. If
you are looking for a leisurely trail run like you would get on the NCR
trail or other smooth and flat railroad trail, this is not for you!
This highly acclaimed course will begin 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), to the Rocky Ridge trail scramble, a unique
outcropping of rocks, where runners can choose several options that end
in the same place (faster more techincal runners should choose the right
option(as opposed to the left). The trail then winds through both woods
and open trail to the Cigar Tree Field where you will get a great view
of all the other runners. Not long after this you will be challenged by
River Valley Ranch's infamous "Dead Man's Hill" (its relatively short
but a doozy!) gradually descending to the Gunpowder River where racers
will have the option to cross through the river (for the REAL trail
runners of course) or
dry across a single lane tree bridge. After the river crossing runners
will enjoy a flat series of heavily wooded single track trail that
follows the gunpowder river...a welcome cooler section of terrain after
the challenging section between mile 1 and 4. The trail will finish
right through the starting line, up Grave Run Rd, and back down through
our Old West town, across the covered bridge to the finish.
Congratulations...you have now completed one of America's Premier 10k
This out and back course 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 (with shade trees for most of the route).
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.
From the North:
From Lancaster or York, Pennsylvania on Interstate 83 south, take exit
8. Follow Route 216 west through Glen Rock to Route 516. Turn left onto
Route 516. Go one block, turn right (still 516), proceed to the next
road (Grave Run Rd.) and turn left. Continue on Grave Run Road 3.1
miles to the Ranch.
From Baltimore - East: Take I-695 to I-83 north. I-83 to exit
27, Hereford. Turn left onto Mount Carmel Road, proceed to Falls Road
(Rt. 25) where you will see blinking red lights and turn right. Take
Falls Road 4 1/2 miles to Grave Run Road. Turn right and continue 3.2
miles to RVR.
From Baltimore - West: Take I-695 to I-795 to Route 30. At
round about take first exit onto Route 30 Business. Follow Route 30 to
Hampstead and turn right at UPPER Beckleysville Road (just past the Fire
Station in downtown Hampstead). Follow Upper Beckleysville Road until
you reach a stop sign at Brick Store Rd. Turn left on Brick Store Rd
and then turn right almost immediately on Beckleysville Rd. At the next
stop, turn left onto Falls Road. Proceed for a few minutes on Falls road
and then turn right onto Grave Run road and then several miles to the
Take 27 North/East towards Manchester. Right onto Rt. 30. Left
onto York St. (at light) 1.3 miles from the light, the road bears left.
Bear right onto Schalk Rd. #1. Proceed to stop sign at Linboro Rd.
Left onto Lineboro, then immediate right to continue on Schalk Rd. #1.
Proceed to stop sign at Grave Run Rd. and turn right. Proceed 1 mile to