Spring has sprung unseasonably early this year so there is no excuse not to get out and enjoy the SVR-sponsored races found on our calendar. SVR sponsors about 30 races a year, helping to bring outstanding community running events to Frederick, Warren, Clarke, and Shenandoah and even a few in West Virginia. Most of our runners are road runners but we also have quite a few trail runners who enjoy running the incredible trails we have in the Shenandoah National Park, George Washington Forest, or along the Appalachian Trail. SVR is a proud member of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA).
We love to get out and move in the beauty of the Shenandoah Valley. Be sure to check out one of the largest races in the region, the Apple Blossom 10k and Kids’ Bloomin’ Mile, and don’t forget the Loudoun Street Mile which has been a local favorite since 2003 and the 20th Annual Liberty 5k. We welcome runners and walkers of all abilities.
So JOIN US!
SVR Statement about Headphones, Strollers, Dogs at Our Races
Shenandoah Valley Runners promotes health and fitness through running by sponsoring more than 30 races each year. It is important to us that our races are safe and fair.
In order to have our races, we need the insurance provided by our parent club, the Road Runners of America. After lengthy discussions, the SVR Board has decided to follow the RRCA recommendations that strongly advise against allowing strollers, dogs and headphones at races.
Unlike running alone with a stroller or headphones, races often involve hundreds of runners. They run on unfamiliar roads open to traffic with road hazards such as potholes, loose gravel, blind turns, distracted drivers, narrow shoulders, and given that this is the Shenandoah Valley, major hills.
While SVR tries to make our race courses as safe as possible through good course management, marshaling, and marking, we believe that runners have a responsibility for their own safety and the safety of the runners around them by paying attention and running without distractions such as headphones.
We are a community of runners. We try to have the safest races possible. We hope that runners will come to our races for the camaraderie, competition, and fun, but we ask that runners please leave their strollers, dogs and headphones at home.