Bust the Banks 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

Pricing Schedule

January 24 – March 14: $60
March 15 – April 25: $65
April 26– May 13: 
May 14– May 19:  $80

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.


The Bust the Banks Half Marathon offers a $25 special rate for those who qualify for an income based rate. Click here for eligibility information.

Packet Pick Up

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.

Packet Pick Up Information – Sunday, May 19

  • Location: Belle Isle Parking Lot
  • Hours: 6:00 AM – 7:00 AM



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


The Bust the Banks Half Marathon at Dominion Energy Riverrock promises to be a tour of the best trails along the banks of the James River. The 13.1ish mile course will start at the Belle Isle parking lot. Participants will then head out on the Canal Walk, head across the Mayo Bridge, and travel along the Manchester Floodwall before heading into the woods of the Buttermilk Trail. From there, participants can expect to dodge tree limbs and climb banks as they make their way along the Reedy Creek Trail, through Forest Hill, across the Boulevard Bridge, and along the North Bank Trail before a quick coast downhill and toward the finish. It’s going to get bumpy, it’s going to be rocky, and it’s going to be fun! Where else can you take on a world-class trail system with views of the rapids and urban scenery?!?

Tips & Safety

  • 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.
  • This event is cup-less. You must bring your own hydration device.
  • There is a 3.5 hour course time limit so you must be finished by 10:30am
  • Consumption of alcohol before the event is PROHIBITED


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.


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