BUST THE BANKS TRAIL HALF

EXPERIENCE THE NATION'S
PREMIER OUTDOOR SPORTS
AND MUSIC FESTIVAL!

MAY 19-21  I  RICHMOND, VIRGINIA

SUNDAY, MAY 21 - 8:00 AM

Prepare to take on Richmond's urban single track system on foot. 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. Come be a part of the Bust the Banks Half!

BUST THE BANKS TRAIL HALF

SUNDAY, MAY 21 - 8:00 AM

Prepare to take on Richmond's urban single track system on foot. 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. Come be a part of the Bust the Banks Half!

RESULTS
Results for the 2017 Bust the Banks Trail Half can be found here

Cost:

Through March 31                               $55.00  
April 1 - April 30 $65.00
May 1 - May 17 $70.00
On Site May 19-21            $80.00


Includes: Technical short-sleeved shirt, finisher item, virtual goodie bag and post-race beer or soda.

REGISTRATION

SIGN UP ONLINE through 11:59 p.m. on May 17.

On site registration is located in the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar courtyard during the following times:

Friday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 beginning at 7 a.m.

Entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.

TRAIL TAKEDOWN:
Do you have what it takes to take on the trails? How about take down the trails? If you said yes, we challenge you to the Trail Takedown! Complete both the James River Scramble 10k Trail Run and the Bust the Banks Half and earn a special medal, not to mention bragging rights!

Packet Pick-Up:

Packet Pick-up is in the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar courtyard during the following times:

Friday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 beginning at 7 a.m. 

When you arrive at the registration tent, find your name on the bulletin board to learn your race number (or you can look it up in advance here). Then visit the table corresponding to your number and you will receive your t-shirt and bib. Then you’re ready to race! Please note that a photo ID is required to pick up your packet (not required for minors without IDs). You may pick up someone else's packet for them provided you have a photocopy of their picture ID.

COURSE MAP
Click here for a downloadable PDF of the course map.

Click here for an interactive Map My Run version course map.

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.

Water Stops: There are seven (7) water stops along the course, located approximately every two miles. Please note that some water stops will be self-serve.

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 Riverrock. There is no time wasted in hitting the trails as participants will head west and quickly access the North Bank Trail. Make sure to get a good view of Hollywood Rapids because after that the trail becomes challenging with some steep descents and ascents as well as some rocky terrain. The trail flattens out on the south side of Maymont as the course approaches the first crossing of the James River at the Nickel Bridge. After the bridge, the south side of the James River brings on the technical trails of the Buttermilk Trail. At the Reedy Creek parking lot, the course goes under Riverside Drive and the difficult undulations and switchbacks of the Forest Hill Park Trails are up next. After completing these trails the course goes back through the Reedy Creek tubes underneath Riverside Drive coming out right near the James River Park System headquarters and then heads east on the Reedy Creek Trail. 

After a quick loop past and then back to the 22nd Street Stairs, participants will climb up the stairs and head east on the Buttermilk East Trail. The exit of this trail brings about an easier path to the finish line. A quick jaunt along Railroad Avenue and across the railroad track pedestrian bridge will get participants to the floodwall. It is here that participants have the finish line in sight along with the beautiful views of the Richmond skyline. A little more work is required though as the course exits the floodwall and crosses over the James River a second time via the 14th Street Bridge (staying on the sidewalk). Once over the bridge we will access Brown’s Island by way of the Canal Walk. You will run on the lower path of Brown's Island towards Tredegar Street and pass Historic Tredegar on your right, heading towards the Belle Isle Lot where the finish line awaits you!

Note: Due to construction on Kansas Avenue, you will be routed to make a right onto Georgia, a left onto New York Avenue, followed by a left onto Hampton Street.  THen you will hop back on the North Bank Trail heading West. 

Waves:

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.

Rules:

  • Consumption of alcohol before the event is PROHIBITED
  • There is a 3.5 hour course time limit so you must be finished by 11:30am
AWARDS:
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:

2017
2016

More Info:

Email the Sports Backers if you have questions or need more info.
RESULTS
Results for the 2017 Bust the Banks Trail Half can be found here

Cost:

Through March 31                               $55.00  
April 1 - April 30 $65.00
May 1 - May 17 $70.00
On Site May 19-21            $80.00


Includes: Technical short-sleeved shirt, finisher item, virtual goodie bag and post-race beer or soda.

REGISTRATION

SIGN UP ONLINE through 11:59 p.m. on May 17.

On site registration is located in the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar courtyard during the following times:

Friday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 beginning at 7 a.m.

Entries are non-refundable and non-transferable.

TRAIL TAKEDOWN:
Do you have what it takes to take on the trails? How about take down the trails? If you said yes, we challenge you to the Trail Takedown! Complete both the James River Scramble 10k Trail Run and the Bust the Banks Half and earn a special medal, not to mention bragging rights!

Packet Pick-Up:

Packet Pick-up is in the American Civil War Center at Historic Tredegar courtyard during the following times:

Friday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Saturday, May 20 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Sunday, May 21 beginning at 7 a.m. 

When you arrive at the registration tent, find your name on the bulletin board to learn your race number (or you can look it up in advance here). Then visit the table corresponding to your number and you will receive your t-shirt and bib. Then you’re ready to race! Please note that a photo ID is required to pick up your packet (not required for minors without IDs). You may pick up someone else's packet for them provided you have a photocopy of their picture ID.

COURSE MAP
Click here for a downloadable PDF of the course map.

Click here for an interactive Map My Run version course map.

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.

Water Stops: There are seven (7) water stops along the course, located approximately every two miles. Please note that some water stops will be self-serve.

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 Riverrock. There is no time wasted in hitting the trails as participants will head west and quickly access the North Bank Trail. Make sure to get a good view of Hollywood Rapids because after that the trail becomes challenging with some steep descents and ascents as well as some rocky terrain. The trail flattens out on the south side of Maymont as the course approaches the first crossing of the James River at the Nickel Bridge. After the bridge, the south side of the James River brings on the technical trails of the Buttermilk Trail. At the Reedy Creek parking lot, the course goes under Riverside Drive and the difficult undulations and switchbacks of the Forest Hill Park Trails are up next. After completing these trails the course goes back through the Reedy Creek tubes underneath Riverside Drive coming out right near the James River Park System headquarters and then heads east on the Reedy Creek Trail. 

After a quick loop past and then back to the 22nd Street Stairs, participants will climb up the stairs and head east on the Buttermilk East Trail. The exit of this trail brings about an easier path to the finish line. A quick jaunt along Railroad Avenue and across the railroad track pedestrian bridge will get participants to the floodwall. It is here that participants have the finish line in sight along with the beautiful views of the Richmond skyline. A little more work is required though as the course exits the floodwall and crosses over the James River a second time via the 14th Street Bridge (staying on the sidewalk). Once over the bridge we will access Brown’s Island by way of the Canal Walk. You will run on the lower path of Brown's Island towards Tredegar Street and pass Historic Tredegar on your right, heading towards the Belle Isle Lot where the finish line awaits you!

Note: Due to construction on Kansas Avenue, you will be routed to make a right onto Georgia, a left onto New York Avenue, followed by a left onto Hampton Street.  THen you will hop back on the North Bank Trail heading West. 

Waves:

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.

Rules:

  • Consumption of alcohol before the event is PROHIBITED
  • There is a 3.5 hour course time limit so you must be finished by 11:30am
AWARDS:
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:

2017
2016

More Info:

Email the Sports Backers if you have questions or need more info.

ABOUT DOMINION RIVERROCK

What better way to celebrate the Richmond riverfront than at the nation’s largest outdoor sports and music festival?! Dominion Riverrock, organized by Sports Backers and Venture Richmond Events LLC, puts the James River and downtown Richmond on display. From music to mud pits, bikes to beer, SUPs to pups, and climbing to kayaks, it’s uniquely RVA! Rock the day and night away, watch professional athletes thrill the crowd, and maybe even get a little dirty yourself. This isn’t your typical festival, but we’re not your typical town!

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