Face the Forest 5K (Obstacle Course Race)

Sat August 20, 2022 Lynchburg, VA 24502 US Directions
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1776 Poplar Forest Parkway
Lynchburg, VA US 24502

Are you up for an adventure? Challenge yourself to beat the clock as you take on a 3.1-mile obstacle race through Thomas Jefferson’s Poplar Forest plantation encountering obstacles (and some mud) along the way! Entry fees will support children’s educational programming at programming at Poplar Forest and the YMCA of Central Virginia’s annual campaign.

Corporate Team Competition & Sponsorship, Elite/Competitive Team Challenge and CHOOSE YOUR OWN START TIME!!!  Please make sure all participants you wish to race with choose the same wave time.  Register early as once a wave time is filled, it will disappear!  (20 person limit per wave time)

Register early and save! Registration fees increase to $45 on August 1, 2022. Late registration and day-of registration fees increase to $55 beginning on Thursday, August 19th. Race Day registration will be available beginning at 6:30AM on Saturday, August 20th.

Packet Pickup will be held at the Jamerson Family YMCA (801 Wyndhurst Drive, Lynchburg, VA 24502) from 7-9am, 11:30am-1:30pm and 4-6pm on Friday, August 19th.

We highly encourage everyone, if able, to pick up your packet on Friday August 19th at the Jamerson Family YMCA. Once you have picked up your packet, there is no need to “check in” at the registration table the day of the race. This will alleviate the congestion and lines at the registration and packet pick up tables. If you pick up your packet on Friday, please just meet us at the starting line 10-15 minutes prior to your starting wave time.

If you are unable to pick up your packet on Friday, we will have pickup starting at 6:30 am on Saturday morning, August 20th. 

T-shirts will ONLY be given to those who registered prior to July 29th.  All others will be invited to come back immediately after the race and claim their t-shirts. First come, first served (but, we have PLENTY!) :)

All Corporate teams should plan to send ONE representative from their team to pick up their entire teams packet on Friday, August 19th during the times listed. We will “pre-pull” all corporate team packets to make a quick and easy pick up.


We’ve added an obstacle course for kids ages 5-12.  While you are on the 3.1 Mile course, your kids can run, jump, climb and crawl their way through an obstacle course built with them in mind.  Participants can go through the course as many times as they’d like while parents/guardians finish racing.  The obstacle course will be supervised by YMCA staff.

The cost is $10 for the one child or $7.50 for multiple children in the same family. 

Race day registration will be available for $15 for each participant.

(t-shirt not included*, small medals for children will be given out)

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