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  • 2023 20-Mile Full Loop Run

2023 20-Mile Full Loop Run

  • 23 Sep 2023
  • 8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Rivanna River Company, behind 1518 E High St


  • 20-Mile Run of the Rivanna Trail loop

Join us for a free guided run around the City of Charlottesville along the Rivanna Trail main loop. September 23rd is National Public Lands day and to celebrate we are offering a full weekend of events. In addition to this run, we're offering a shorter run on Sunday, a hike of the entire loop, a family-friendly walk, and a couple biking options, as well as other special events. (Check the event overview for details of the other trail options and events.)

  • Distance: ~ 20 miles.
  • Run time: approximately 4 hours. This is variable due to rest stops and running speeds. We are not out to set any time record, but will keep a steady pace. 
  • We run around the City in counterclockwise direction, using road walks and detours where necessary. 
  • What to bring: There will be some aid stations set up along the way but make sure to bring water and proper running shoes. There are a number of rock-hops and smaller streams to cross, so participants may want to bring a pair of walking sticks as well. 
  • Start: The Rivanna River Company is located behind the Pie Chest & Lone Light Coffee (1518 E High St). Parking is available along Riverdale Drive and in the Burnley-Moran Elementary school parking lot, across High Street from our meeting point (map below). We leave from the RTF tent promptly at 8:30AM.
  • Finish: We'll end back at the RRC around noon, with plenty of time to rest up before the free Mighty Joshua concert.
  • Important note: This is a strenuous run--20 miles over occasionally uneven terrain. We will have a number of volunteers in our group, and over the course of the run may fall into faster and slower groups, but assess your endurance and break in your shoes before the hike day.
  • By registering for this run, you: 
    • Acknowledge having read the above description.
    • Acknowledge inherent risks, hazards, and dangers of this activity.
    • Assume and accept any and all risks associated with participation.
    • Attest that your physical and mental health are adequate for safe participation.
  • How to participate: No cost. Just register so we’ll know to expect you.
  • We'll send a final confirmation to registrants the week before the run.

We have partnered with the Rivanna River Company and are renting them out for the day! After the run there will be local food, beer and cider starting at 12:00 noon and a free concert by Mighty Joshua starting at 5pm. Tell your friends and spread the word!