November 15 update

Entry for the 2020 Bull Run Run opened on Friday November 15. Entry is direct. There is no lottery for this year’s race.

Entry Process

Entry will be capped at 350. You must be at least 18 years old when you enter to run.

Entry will be on a rolling, first-come, first-entered process. You fill out the application and pay online. If we reach our capacity of 350 runners, we will build a wait list.

As many of you will be aware, this rolling entry process is a change from what has become known as the “VHTRC Lottery Entry System” used, to one degree or another, for a decade prior to the 2019 race.

Entry, including joining the wait list, is online. The registration fee is $95. The cost of processing your payment is included in the entry fee. All payments are through PayPal where you can use a PayPal account or a credit card. There is no paper option to enter or pay.

Entry is not transferable. You may not sell or give your bib number to another runner. If you transfer your number, you and your replacement will be barred from participating in future Bull Run Runs. The “bandit” runner will be disqualified.

You may receive a refund of your entry fee if you withdraw by the deadline at right. We hold back $15 from any refund. Please see the important conditions on refunds.


Important Note: If you are interested in pursuing a VHTRC entry fee scholarship, do NOT enter the race prior to consulting with the RD.

Again this year, we continue the VHTRC tradition of offering entry fee scholarships to deserving runners. These scholarships are based on need, not speed. There will be up to four scholarships available. The VHTRC will pay the base entry fee less $10 for scholarship recipients. (In effect, the scholarship is a credit of $85.) Scholarship recipients must pay for any meals or lodging. We do not disclose the names of scholarship recipients, and they are treated like all other entrants. To apply for a scholarship, contact the race director before entering the race. (Just let the RD know you are interested in applying. He will send you more information about how to apply.)

Before you Enter

Runners crossing Little Rocky Run in 2003.

This event is not for everyone. Before you enter the Bull Run Run, you should know that:


Bluebells in bloom along the Bull Run Occoquan Trail.

We will issue entry fee refunds to those who withdraw from the event subject to these conditions:

Reminder: please use the Withdrawal form if you find that you will not be able to run the race. E-mailing the RD or the Registration chair directly will just result in a request that you instead use the form. This helps us keep a more orderly entrants list and to process any refunds accurately and quickly. Your date and time of withdrawal is considered based on when you submit the form. The conditional refunds are provided in the order requested, and again only if a runner is on the wait list and has paid the entry fee.