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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: August 26, 2004
Contact: Jim Meisner Jr., DCR Public Relations Specialist, (804) 786-8442, jim.meisner@dcr.virginia.gov

Virginia's New River Trail Challenge registration underway

(RICHMOND, Va.) - The fifth annual Virginia's New River Trail Challenge, a unique athletic competition, will be held in New River Trail State Park Saturday, Sept. 18. Entries are available by mail and online at www.dcr.virginia.gov. Entries must be postmarked by Sept. 5, and volunteers for the race are still needed.

Competitors bike 40 miles, canoe 12 miles and run 13.1 miles along southwestern Virginia's 57-mile-long New River Trail State Park. The race is presented by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Hundreds of athletes from states like Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Florida, compete in this unique athletic event individually and in teams of three or four.

The course begins in the Town of Fries and winds through the counties of Grayson, Carroll, Wythe and Pulaski, and the City of Galax.

The Wythe County Days Festival will be held in conjunction with the race at the park's Foster Falls complex. There will be arts and crafts, music, food and plenty to do for friends, family and competitors, both during and after the race.

For more information about the 2004 Virginia's New River Trail Challenge call 1-800-933-PARK, or visit DCR's web site at www.dcr.virginia.gov for a race registration form.

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