New River Trail Challenge Triathlon

Virginia State Parks, Dominion, Appalachian Power and Carilion Clinic are pleased to announce the return of the New River Trail Challenge, Sept. 20, 2014. The race continues to grow as one of Virginia's premier triathlons, attracting 200 competitors last year.

Dwight Shuler leads the peloton on the way to capturing the Individual Category win.

Dwight Shuler leads the peloton on the way to capturing the Individual Category win.

The challenge has a 40-mile bike ride, 12-mile kayak leg and half marathon along southwestern Virginia’s 57-mile-long New River Trail State Park. Participants can either choose to compete solo or in teams of two or three. Athletes of all fitness levels compete in several age groups and categories. Check out last year’s results and click on the following links for the entry form and the rules and regulations. To provide the best and safest event, the race is capped at 300 participants, so sign up now.

Tom Cervenak, recently retired Virginia State Parks marketing manager, determinedly makes his way to the start of the 12.1-mile kayak leg.

Tom Cervenak, recently retired Virginia State Parks marketing manager, determinedly
makes his way to the start of the 12.1-mile kayak leg.

There will be hot showers for competitors. Food vendors and local craft beer will be available starting at noon. Race participants will get vouchers for two post-race beverages. Assorted non-alcoholic choices will be available as well.

Participants are encouraged to attend the Pulaski food bank fundraiser at the Pulaski Train Depot Friday from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Come early, meet fellow racers and support the community. Admission is one canned good or $1 per person. All proceeds go to the New River Community Action Center of Pulaski’s food bank. Local microbreweries will be there with cold beverages. Dave Eggars will perform live from 5 to 7 p.m. Also at the depot, Pulaski Bikes will be available for last-minute repairs and supplies.

The wet but happy Mary Kenny wins the women’s category with a blazing time of 6:47:11.

The wet but happy Mary Kenny wins the women’s category with a blazing time of 6:47:11.

The Race

New River Trail Challenge logoThere are three stages. It starts at Foster Falls with a 40-mile mountain-bike ride followed by a 12-mile kayak stage and ends with a half marathon (13.1 miles). Racers must check in at race headquarters between 6 and 7:30 a.m. and be at the starting line by 7:45 a.m. for a mandatory pre-race meeting.

Click here to download the New River Trail Challenge Rules and Guidelines. Stage time starts, transitions, requirements, courses, water and aid stations, and recommendations are described in the document. Read it carefully before arriving at the race.

Individual competitors must bring their own support crew. Team competitors in the running stage are responsible for their own transportation to and from the Allisonia transition. A gear-only shuttle will be available to return kayaks from Allisonia to the Foster Falls access area.

For individuals, registration is $50 through Aug. 18 and $70 from Aug. 19 through Sept. 12. For teams, it's $100 through Aug. 18 and $140 from Aug. 19 through Sept. 12. Registration is $75 for individuals and $150 for teams from Sept. 13 through race day. The race is limited to the first 300 to sign up so sign up now. Registration fees include high-quality event T-shirts, awards, two beverage tickets and assorted prizes provided by our sponsors. Click here for entry form.

Individuals

Competitors must be at least 18 on race day to take part in the race. Awards are given to the top three overall male and female finishers. Awards are also given to the top three finishers in four age groups: 18 to 29, 30 to 39, 40 to 49, and 50 and up. Read the rules and regulations for more detail.

Teams

Competitors may also race in two or three-person teams. The teams may be female, male, mixed, senior male or senior female. Mixed teams may be any combination of genders, and senior team members must be at least 50 years old on race day. Read the rules and regulations for more detail.

Teams with at least two students or faculty members from the same university qualify for discounted registration fees. Click here for the Collegiate Challenge application form. Race supporters will be entered into the Sponsor Challenge, with an award to the top team and bragging rights for 2014.

Restrooms, etc.

Restrooms, changing stations and portable toilets will be at Foster Falls, Buck Dam, Fries Junction, Ivanhoe, Indian Branch, the bike-kayak transition, Allisonia and Lone Ash.

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.

Facebook

Ron Bell's NRTC Facebook pageIf you're looking for useful tips and information or trying to find a partner, check out happy guy Ron Bell's New River Trail Challenge Facebook page.

Entry forms

Useful links

Similar races held in state parks in 2014