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New River Trail Challenge Triathlon

It’s time to lace up the shoes, tune up the bike, put the boat in the water and start training for the New River Trail Challenge. We are pleased to announce that this year’s New River Trail Challenge, sponsored by Virginia State Parks, Dominion Power, Appalachian Power, Carilion Clinic and the latest member of race sponsors, Backcountry.com, will be held Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, again in beautiful New River Trail State Park. Don’t miss Virginia’s premier long-distance adventure triathlon.

New River Trail Challenge starting line.

Racers gather for the start of the 2015 New River Trail Challenge.

The race begins with a 40-mile bike ride, followed by a 12-mile kayak run, and finishes with a half marathon along southwestern Virginia’s New River Trail State Park. Participants can either choose to compete solo or in teams of two or three. Everyone is welcome. The race attracts athletes of all fitness levels competing in various age groups and categories, from hardcore solo competitors to “bucket-listers” of all ages.

The event begins Friday night with dinner and music in the park. Drop off your equipment and join fellow competitors on the porch of the Discovery Center for a pasta dinner, race advice, tales of past victories and near misses. Food will be available for purchase, and locally crafted brew will be available during and after the race for spectators and participants. Entrants will receive two well-deserved drink tickets for the beverage of their choice. Hot showers will be available to those camping out Friday and on race day.

For an inside look at the race, join Ron Bell's New River Trail Challenge Facebook page. The site contains useful tips, updates and race info.

New River Trail Challenge starting line.

Fast guys of Harris Self Storage Motivators receive the overall winning team trophy with a time of 5:16:43.9.

The Race

The three-stage race begins at Foster Falls with a 40-mile bike ride followed by a 12-mile kayak stage and then a half marathon (13.1 miles).

Click here for race rules and guidelines. Stage time starts, transitions, requirements, courses, water and aid stations and recommendations are covered in the document. Read it carefully before the race.

The race is limited to 300 so register early to ensure a spot. Teams with at least two students or faculty members from the same university qualify for discount registration fees. Race sponsors take part in the Sponsor Challenge with top honors going to the team with the lowest overall time.

Click here for the individual and team race registration form. The fee covers event T-shirts, awards, two beverage tickets and assorted prizes provided by our sponsors.

Registration fees

Individual
$50 through Aug. 17
$70 Aug. 18 through Sept. 11
$75 Sept. 12 through race day

Team
$100 through Aug. 17
$140 Aug. 18 through Sept. 11
$150 Sept. 12 through race day

Collegiate registrationClick here for the collegiate race registration form.

Individual
$25 through Sept. 11
$30 Sept. 12 through day of race

Team
$50 through Sept. 11
$75 Sept. 12 through day of race

New River Trail Challenge starting line.

Here are the Georgia Dawgs support team and cheering section in action.

Directions

Directions to race headquarters: From I-77, take Exit 24 go east on Route 69 to Route 52 (Fort Chiswell Rd.), go north to Route 608 (Foster Falls Rd.), go east and follow the brown park signs into the Foster Falls Access.

Entry forms

Useful links