James River Scramble

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.



For results, click here.

Cost & Registration

Through March 31:  $35
April 1 – April 30:  $45
May 1 – May 16:  $50
May 17 – May 18:  $60
On Site Registration, May 18:  $60

Includes: a cool event t-shirt, post-race beer or soda, and a free concert.

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 intensity to your Dominion Energy Riverrock experience? Try out one of our challenges! The James River Scramble is a piece of three challenges:

  1. Trail Takedown (James River Scramble + Bust the Banks Half Marathon)
  2. Trail Trio (Belle Isle Blitz + James River Scramble + Bust the Banks Half Marathon)
  3. River Rumble: Run, Paddle, Bike (James River Scramble + Sierra Nevada Down River Paddle + Urban Assault Mountain Bike Race-20mile)


Brand new Start and Course, including way more trail and less pavement!  This year, the James River Scramble will start on the south side of the river, just over the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge.

Please note: Due to high water, the 2018 course is being re-routed. Click here for a written description and here for an interactive map of the alternate 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 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.
  • 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.


Men and Women:

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

Age Group Awards, top three:  19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+

Past Results