Belle Isle Blitz

Back Again! The Belle Isle Blitz is chip timed trail run.

This 5k-ish trail race winds around Belle Isle with tough climbs and super fun downhills. Sign up for the Dog Wave, a part of the Belle Isle Blitz, and bring your favorite canine through the trails, along the dry way, and across the river. There’s no better way to spend a Friday night than with man’s best friend!

Update as of 5.10.22: The course has changed due to the indefinite closure of the Belle Isle footbridge.

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Cost & Registration

Early Bird Price: $35
February 18 – April 15:  
April 16 – May 18:  $45
May 19 – May 20:  $50

Includes a cool finisher t-shirt, chip timed bib, and drink ticket*.

*Drink ticket must be used during normal festival hours

Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable, even in the case of a race cancellation, postponement, event format changes, and/or if you are unable to participate.

Packet Pickup

You must pick you your packet before the start of your event. Bib numbers must be worn in order to access the Start Area of all events. A Photo ID is required to pick you your packet. You may pick up a packet for another pre-registered participant, provided you have a copy of their photo ID.

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Additionally, the Belle Isle Blitz will have secondary pick up location at the start line just before the race. 
  • Friday, May 20 from 5 – 6pm. At the start line, just over the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge on the south side of the river.


Want to add some extra intensity to your Dominion Energy Riverrock experience? Try out the Trail Trail Takedown!


Course Description

Update as of 5.10.22: The course has changed due to the indefinite closure of the Belle Isle footbridge.

The Belle Isle Blitz will start and finish on the south side of the river, just over the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge.

Note about Course Map: As is the nature of trail races, it can be difficult to create a map that accurately reflects the true distance of the course.  Please keep in mind that this map is intended to give you a better understanding of the course and that the race route is approximately a 5k.

*Course is subject to change.


Event Rules

  • All participants must be at least 7 years old to participate.  We ask that all children under the age of 14 be accompanied by an adult.
  • This event is cup-less. You must bring your own hydration device.
  • Consumption of alcohol before the event is PROHIBITED

Dog Wave Unique Rules

  • Only one dog per human participant
  • All dogs must be leashed
  • Leashes cannot be retractable
  • Leashes cannot exceed 8 feet in length


The Belle Isle Blitz utilizes wave starts in order to control volume on the trails, so you will be asked to line up for the start based on your predicted pace.

The Dog Wave will be the final wave of the race.


Prizes will be awarded to the top finisher in each division/category.