Trail Takedown




Take on the challenge of completing two of the three trail races over the course of the weekend, with the Belle Isle Blitz on Friday, May 20, the James River Scramble on Saturday, May 21, and Bust the Banks Half Marathon on Sunday, May 22. With two courses in three days this challenge comes with some serious bragging rights!

Events

Cost & Registration

Belle Isle Blitz

Early Bird Price: $35
February 18 – April 15:  
$40
April 16 – May 18:  $45
May 19 – May 20:  $50

James River Scramble

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

Bust the Banks Half Marathon

Early Bird Price:$60
February 18 – April 15:
 $65
April 16 – May 18: $70
May 19 – May 22: $80

Includes a technical finisher t-shirt, chip timing, participant finisher item, and drink ticket*.

Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable, and non-deferrable, even in the case of race cancellation and/or if you are unable to participate.

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.

Click here for packet pick up hours and location.

Additionally, the Belle Isle Blitz and James River Scramble will have secondary pick up locations at their start lines. This will be available just before the start.

  • Belle Isle Blitz – Friday, May 20 from 5 – 6pm. At the start line, just over the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge on the south side of the river.
  • James River Scramble- 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.

Rules

  • 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

Belle Isle Blitz

COURSE DESCRIPTION

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

The Belle Isle Blitz will start and finish on the south side of the river, just over the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge.

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 5k.

*Course is subject to change.

James River Scramble

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.

Bust the Banks Half Marathon

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

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. Participants begin in the Belle Isle Lot and will pass Historic Tredegar on your left as you make your way to the Mayo Bridge (staying on the sidewalk). As you cross the bridge and turn right onto the floodwall be ready for beautiful views of the Richmond skyline. Cross over the railroad track pedestrian bridge and cruise along Railroad Avenue as you make your way to the trails. Head west on the Buttermilk East Trail, run down the 22nd Street Stairs, and then make a quick loop to head west on the Reedy Creek Trail.

This is where you earn your trail stripes! You’ll enter near the James River Park System headquarters, go underneath Riverside Drive via the Reedy Creek tubes and come out in Forest Hill Park. You’ll tackle the difficult undulations and switchbacks of the trails first, and then up Riverside to the Reedy Creek parking lot. Make your way to the technical trails of the Buttermilk Trail as you journey to the Nickel Bridge and cross the James River. It’s smoother sailing once you make it to the south side of Maymont and the trail flattens out. You’ll then encounter your last area of rocky terrain with steep descents and ascents on the North Bank Trail. Get a view of the Hollywood Rapids as you head east back down Tredegar to the Belle Isle 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 has been accurately measured to be a half marathon.
*Course is subject to change.