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Trails & Ales Event Info

The 7 mile and 5k courses begin and end at the craft brew festival in Manchester at 10th and Semmes. Runners should be prepared for a fun but technical course that will take them over rocks and roots, through mud and sand, and over the natural obstacles on these single track trails. Sign up for the Dog Wave, for either distance, and bring your favorite canine along for some fun on the trails! There’s no better way to spend a Saturday evening than with man’s best friend!

Please note: There is a 1,000 person cap for this event, and there is a two hour time limit. 


July 1 – July 31
5k: $30
7 Miler: $40

August 1 – August 31
5k: $35
7 Miler: $45

September 1 – September 30
5k: $40
7 Miler: $50

Race Week registration beginning October 1
5k: $45
7 Miler: $55

Cost includes:

  • trailsandalesphotoRace entry & bib
  • Chip timing
  • One complimentary beer of your choice (additional beer available for purchase)
  • Stainless steel finisher cup

Not only are they allowed to participate in the Dog Wave, but dogs are welcome to attend the festival with you afterwards. 

If you’d like to switch your distance after signing up you will be charged any price difference, and a $5 switching fee.  

Craft Beer

Runners will be awarded frothy local brews at the finish line. Each participant will receive one complimentary beverage of their choice.

Not running? No worries! We welcome those who are just here for the beer! Drink tickets will be available for purchase before and after the event.

Please note: Consumption of alcoholic beverages before the event is prohibited. A photo ID is required to purchase beer tickets.

Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up will be held at 10th and Semmes on Saturday, October 17, beginning at 2:30 p.m. and will end when the race begins. Walk up registration will also be available at this time if the race has not yet reached capacity.

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, or picture on your phone, of their photo ID.


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Cancellation Policy

Entry fees are non-refundable, even in the case of a race cancellation and/or if you are unable to participate. Race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another person. No exceptions. This means once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate, and you may not give or sell your number or timing chip to anyone else. Anyone found participating with another person’s number will be disqualified and both people will be barred from future Sports Backers events, including the Ukrop’s Monument Avenue 10k and VCU Health Richmond Marathon.


Awards will be given in both the 7 miler and 5k to the top three finishers, male and female.

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