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

Through April 15: $50
April 16 – May 9: $55
May 10 – May 16: $60

Includes a cool event t-shirt, chip timed bib and a finisher medal. (Note: t-shirt is not technical)

Please note: There is a 500 person cap for this event.

Virtual option available! Complete your Half Marathon on the course of your choice during the month of May. Submit your results by May 31 to be added to our virtual leaderboard.

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.


Virginia Lottery Packet Pick Up

Virginia Lottery Packet pick-up will take place in Forest Hill park from 6am-7am on Sunday, May 16.

Note, the Bust the Banks Half Marathon will not provide bag check.


Water Stops

The Bust the Banks Half Marathon will have water stops along the course. Please note water stops will be self-serve and cup-less. Participants must bring their own hydration system.

Course Description

Start/Finish: Forest Hill Park near the Stone House

The half marathon course starts near the Stone House and heads out onto the trails which loop around Forest Hill Park. Runners will then follow the Reedy Creek Trail onto the Buttermilk Trail and then to the Floodwall on the south side of river before crossing the Mayo Bridge and then onto the Canal Walk. Brown’s Island is next and then onto the North Bank Trail. The end of the North Bank Trail means runners will cross over the James River again via the Boulevard Bridge. The Buttermilk Trail will get runners back into Forest Hill Park where the finish awaits!

Bust the Banks Half Marathon Course
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 is subject to change.


  • 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


The Bust the Banks Half Marathon will utilize wave starts in order to control volume on the trails and keep participants socially distanced. Start waves will be organized by predicted pace per mile. The start line and corral will be set-up in a socially distanced manner with markings on the ground denoting where participants should stand. We will start participants in small groups with a set interval between each group.


Prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finisher.