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Registration now open for Trails and Ales festival on Oct. 6

RICHMOND, VA (July 11) – A celebration of Richmond’s urban trail system and popular craft brewery culture, Trails and Ales is set for Saturday, October 6th, and will take place in Manchester at W. 10th Street and Semmes Avenue, adjacent to the SunTrust Mortgage offices, at 4:30 p.m. Registration for the fourth-annual trail running and craft beer festival is now open at, with a block of the first 300 spots open at a special rate of $30 for the Pint Glass course (approx. 3 miles) and $40 for the Tall Boy course (approx. 8 miles). Overall registration will be capped at 1,000 participants.

“Trails and Ales is a great way to experience Richmond’s outstanding trail system and sample some of the best local and regional craft brews available,” said Molly Johnson, event manager for Sports Backers. “This is a unique and innovative way to celebrate our active community and another exciting opportunity for outdoor adventure.”

In conjunction with the trail run will be a craft beer festival, highlighting the culture of craft brewing that continues to rise in the Richmond region. Beers and ciders from local and regional breweries will be available at the festival, and race participants will receive a stainless steel finisher cup and one drink ticket to be redeemed at the festival. There will also be post-race food, beverages available for purchase, and music. Friends, family, and spectators are invited to take part in the festival.

Both the Tall Boy and Pint Glass courses will be on the scenic Buttermilk and North Bank trails in the James River Park System. The Tall Boy course pairs medium to high climbs with smooth paths along the river and the T. Tyler Potterfield Memorial Bridge, while the Pint Glass course has lower mileage compared to its longer companion, but shares the same earthy aromas, scenic views, and exciting finish.

Participants will have the opportunity to donate to support the RVA MORE Trail Maintenance Fund as part of Trails and Ales. All event donations will help with the cost of bridge materials and equipment for volunteer trail work in the City of Richmond to be used in the ongoing efforts to protect RVA’s urban trail system. More information and registration for Trails and Ales can be found at Once the first 300 spots have been claimed, registration will re-open at a later date with a higher fee for both distances.