James River Scramble (10kish)

Beware: The James River Scramble is not your typical Saturday stroll in the park.

Along this 10k-ish course you may encounter roots, gravel, rough terrain, and low-hanging branches. Up for the challenge? You’ll get to experience firsthand some of RVA’s best outdoor gems. This is not a race for walkers.

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


Cost & Registration

Early Bird Price: $40
February 18 – April 15: $45
April 16 – May 18: $50
May 19 – May 21: $60

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

Click here for packet pick up hours and location.
Additionally, the James River Scramble will have secondary pick up location at the start line just before the race. 
  • Saturday, May 21 from 7 – 8am. 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!


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

Water Stops

The James River Scramble 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

Course offers more trail and less pavement! The James River Scramble will start on the south side of the river, just over the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, and finish in the Belle Isle parking lot.

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 10k.

*Course is subject to change.


  • 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


The James River Scramble 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.