Bust the Banks Trail Half Marathon

Prepare to take on Richmond's urban single track system on foot.

The great trails along the banks of the James River will provide a tough test for all in the Bust the Banks Half Marathon at Dominion Energy Riverrock. It’ll be gritty, and it’s gonna be dirty, but it’s not an event you want to miss. Dodge tree limbs, climb banks, coast downhill, and navigate to the finish. Run the banks alongside rapids, rocks, and see some amazing views of the city skyline.

Cost & Registration

Through March 31:  $55
April 1 – April 30:  $65
May 1 – May 15:  $70
May 16 – May 19:  $80
On Site:  $80

Includes: a short-sleeved technical shirt, finisher item, virtual goodie bag, and post-race beer or soda..

Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable.

Packet Pick Up, Walk Up Registration & Bag Check

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Want to add some extra tests to your Dominion Energy Riverrock experience try out one of our challenges!

The Bust the Banks Half Marathon is a piece of two challenges:

  1. Trail Takedown (James River Scramble + Bust the Banks Trail Half Marathon)
  2. Trail Trio (Belle Isle Blitz + James River Scramble + Bust the Banks Trail Half Marathon)


Water Stops:

There are six (6) water stops along the course, located approximately every two to three miles. Please note that some water stops will be self-serve.

Course Map: 
Bust the Banks Trail Half Marathon Map
Click here for a downloadable PDF of the course map.

Click here for an interactive Map My Run version course map.

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 has been accurately measured to be a half marathon.

Course Description: 

The great trails along the banks of the James River will provide a tough test for all in the Bust the Banks Half Marathon at Dominion Energy Riverrock. There is no time wasted in hitting the trails as participants will head west and quickly access the North Bank Trail. Make sure to get a good view of Hollywood Rapids because after that the trail becomes challenging with some steep descents and ascents as well as some rocky terrain. The trail flattens out on the south side of Maymont as the course approaches the first crossing of the James River at the Nickel Bridge. After the bridge, the south side of the James River brings on the technical trails of the Buttermilk Trail. At the Reedy Creek parking lot, the course goes under Riverside Drive and the difficult undulations and switchbacks of the Forest Hill Park Trails are up next. After completing these trails the course goes back through the Reedy Creek tubes underneath Riverside Drive coming out right near the James River Park System headquarters and then heads east on the Reedy Creek Trail.

After a quick loop past and then back to the 22nd Street Stairs, participants will climb up the stairs and head east on the Buttermilk East Trail. The exit of this trail brings about an easier path to the finish line. A quick jaunt along Railroad Avenue and across the railroad track pedestrian bridge will get participants to the floodwall. It is here that participants have the finish line in sight along with the beautiful views of the Richmond skyline. A little more work is required though as the course exits the floodwall and crosses over the James River a second time via the 14th Street Bridge (staying on the sidewalk). Once over the bridge we will access Brown’s Island by way of the Canal Walk. You will run on the lower path of Brown’s Island towards Tredegar Street and pass Historic Tredegar on your right, heading towards the Belle Isle Lot where the finish line awaits you!


  • All participants must be at least 12 years old to participate.  We ask that all children under the age of 14 be accompanied by an adult.
  • Consumption of alcohol before the event is PROHIBITED
  • There is a 3.5 hour course time limit so you must be finished by 11:30am


The Bust the Banks Half utilizes wave starts in order to control volume on the trails.  At the start of the race you will line up with the sign that matches your predicted pace per mile.


Men and Women:

1st $500
2nd $250
3rd $100