James River Loop 8 Mile Trail Run

The James River Loop 8 Miler is already a classic trail run in just its fourth year. The race starts and finishes on the grounds of Maymont before venturing onto the Buttermilk and North trails as they loop through the James River Park System. It’s not as simple as putting one foot in front of the other. Be prepared to run on rocks and roots, through mud and sand, and over the natural obstacles on these single track trails. Please note: This is not an event for walkers.


Through August 31 $30
September 1 – September 25 $35
Walk up registration, Sept. 27 $40

Online registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on September 25

Cost includes:

  • Technical race shirt
  • Post-race food and drinks

Entries are non-refundable, non-transferable and cannot be deferred to another year.


Friday, September 27

3-6 p.m. Packet Pick-Up & Walk Up Registration open

Saturday, September 28

6-7 a.m. Packet Pick-Up open
7 a.m. James River Loop 8-Miler begins in waves



  • You must be at least 9 years old to participate in the 8-mile trail run. 
  • We will utilize wave starts to alleviate course congestion. During registration, please provide your predicted finish time. This time is used to separate the start into waves. Waves will be limited to 100 runners.
  • Please arrive at the start line at least 10 minutes before the start of your race.
  • There is a 2-hour course limit.
  • B-chips (or chips already attached to the number bib) will be assigned to every runner for timing purposes.
  • Mile Markers are located along the course. There are no splits given on the course.
  • Maymont does not allow pets on the property, so please leave your four-legged friends at home!


T-shirt and packet pick-up will be available at Maymont near the Hampton Street entrance on Friday, September 27 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and on Saturday, September 28 beginning at 6 a.m.

A photo ID is required to pick up your race packet. You may pick up a race packet for another pre-registered runner, provided you have a copy of their photo ID.


Results are posted here after the conclusion of each day’s events.


Medals will be awarded to the top three finishers, male and female, and to the top three in all age groups, male and female. Age groups are: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, and 80 & up.


For a course map, click here.

The loop course will start in Maymont Park inside the Hampton Street entrance on the paved road immediately adjacent to the finish line. Runners will head east out the Hampton Street entrance and make a right turn heading south on Hampton Street. Runners will turn left onto Kansas Avenue and then a right turn on Texas Avenue. They will turn left into the Texas Avenue parking lot before entering the North Trail heading east. The trail loops under a bridge (turn right) and continues east for the entire North Trail. Underneath the Lee Bridge you will make a right turn on a small wooden pedestrian Bridge. Follow this trail down to Tredegar Street. Make a right on Tredegar Street and then another right onto the Belle Isle Footbridge. Take the bridge across the river and make a sharp left hand turn at the bottom of the ramp on Belle Isle to a trail leading across the east side of Belle Isle. At the end of this trail make a left turn and cross the emergency access road bridge to the south side of the river. Take the trail adjacent to the fence until the 22nd Street Stairs. Go up these stairs and make a right turn onto the Buttermilk Trail heading west. Continue on the Buttermilk Trail all the way until you reach the Boulevard Bridge. Turn left and run on the sidewalk across the Boulevard Bridge. Turn left at the end of the bridge toward a parking lot and then turn left again onto the North Trail. Just after crossing a small wooden bridge, you will enter Maymont Park through a gate that is normally locked. You will go left on the paved path past the bear habitat and continue on this paved trail to the Aviary. Here you will turn right and follow the last ½ mile of the cross-country course in Maymont to the finish.

Entry Confirmation

Print out an entry form and mail it in by Sept. 25
Walk up registration Fri., Sept. 27 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Maymont.
There is no walk up registration on Saturday, September 28


Sat, September 28, 2013


Maymont Park
1700 Hampton Street
Richmond, VA 23220

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