Registration is open for the James River Association’s James River Rundown
, a series of paddling races on the America’s Founding River scheduled for June 24-25, 2017
in the heart of central Virginia.
A grueling 120-mile endurance race begins the morning of June 24 at Riveredge Park in Lynchburg and ends at Tucker Park in Goochland County the following day. The 120-mile race is one of the longest races of its kind on the East Coast. Competitors will navigate the James River in kayaks, canoes, and paddleboards, either as solo paddlers or in teams. Designated checkpoints will be setup along the way offering paddlers opportunities to hydrate and rest during the event.
The 2017 James River Rundown
also features a 50-mile race starting June 25
at James River Reeling & Rafting in Scottsville, a 25-mile race starting at Columbia Boat Landing in Columbia, Virginia, and a five-mile float starting at Powhatan State Park. All four races will culminate at Goochland County’s Tucker Park for a family-friendly post-race celebration featuring food, beverages, live music, and recreation programming offered by L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools.
“The James River Rundown showcases the beauty of the Middle James,” said Justin Doyle, Community Conservation Manager for the James River Association. “It’s an opportunity for folks from across Virginia and the United States to explore our wonderful river and support the James River Association.”
The James River Rundown is a Waterkeeper Alliance SPLASH Series Event, presented nationally by Toyota and benefiting the Upper and Lower James Riverkeepers. Additional support is provided by Huguenot Trail Rotary Club, L.L. Bean Outdoor Discovery Schools, Mid-Atlantic Paddler’s Association, James River Reeling & Rafting, and RVA Paddlesports.
I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?