New River Trail Challenge

116 Orphanage Dr
Max Meadows, VA 24360


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Event Description

The race consists of three stages along, and in, the New River. The trail is flat with a crushed cinder surface, and the river flows smoothly with small rapids under normal conditions. The race begins with a 40-mile out and back bike leg, followed by a 12.1-mile downriver kayak paddle, and ends with a half marathon run along the river for a total of 65.2 miles. Although the race is long, it's perfect for beginners and accomplished athletes due to its flattish nature.

Participants may compete solo or in teams of two or three.

We ask that you thoroughly read the rules and guidelines (PDF) before the race. They cover stage meeting times, transitions, requirements, courses, water and aid stations, and recommendations to make your race as trouble-free as possible. If you have any questions, please post them on the Facebook page — the New River Trail family is a friendly group, and someone from Virginia State Parks or the community will be happy to provide answers. You can also contact Steve Boyd with questions.

The race is limited to 300 entrants, so register early to ensure a spot. Solo competitors and teams with at least two students or faculty members from the same university qualify for a collegiate discount registration fee. In addition to their registered categories, sponsors' teams compete for a special award and bragging rights.

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