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Gauge Height: 5.35'
Flow: 5940 cfps
Above 5' life jacket required

Trail Conditions: Richmond

James River Park System trails are ready for your two wheels
Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Todays Tides: Richmond Locks

High Tide: 3:48am
Low Tide: 11:06am

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Enthusiastic Crowd Packs the House for Richmond Trail Forum

The first Richmond Trail Forum took place Wednesday night at the Byrd Park Round House before an enthusiastic overflow crowd of more than 100 people. Many identified themselves as cyclists, …

By Phil Riggan | February 2, 2017 | Posted In: Hiking, Mountain Biking, Running, Trail Running

Sports Backers Celebrate 25 Years of Fantastic Fitness Moments

Look wherever you go in Richmond. You’ll see runners. Cyclists. Kayaks on the roofs of cars. This is an outdoors kinda town. Check that, an outdoors fitness kinda town. The …

By Phil Riggan | October 21, 2016 | Posted In: Running

SwimRVA Launches 1st ‘Swim-Run-Va’ Event

Well, let’s be honest: The time is long past to begin training for this, but should you be in the James River Park System tomorrow (possibly taking part in Blue …

By Andy Thompson | October 14, 2016 | Posted In: James River, Running, Upcoming Events

Entries Dwindling for ‘Trails and Ales’ Races/Beer Fest

If you’re thinking about taking part in Trails and Ales, the Sports Backers’ trail run/brew fest on September 24th, now’s a good time to make it official. They just opened …

By Andy Thompson | August 26, 2016 | Posted In: Running, Trail Running

Va. Capital Trail: ‘It’s a Place to Exhale’

I spent a good part of yesterday morning on an old school bus, chugging down Route 5 next to the brand spanking new Virginia Capital Trail. I was part of a …

By Andy Thompson | September 30, 2015 | Posted In: Greenways, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Road running, Running, Trail Running

XTERRA triathlons, trail races return to RVA for the 17th year

It’s XTERRA weekend in Richmond, and that means off-road triathletes from all over the world have descended on RVA to test their mettle on the James River (1K swim) and …

By Andy Thompson | June 12, 2015 | Posted In: James River, Mountain Biking, Running, Trail Running, Upcoming Events

Two spring running races offer interesting twists

You’re going to run where? Two new half marathons in central Virginia this spring feature some unique places to run through: a NASCAR race track and a cemetery. Race 13.1 …

By Richard Chittick | February 19, 2015 | Posted In: Road running, Running

Richmond 2015, Sports Backers Unveil ‘Conquer the Cobbles’

This looks really cool. As the top cyclists in the world compete at the 2015 UCI Road World Championships, Virginians and visitors from all over the globe will get their …

By Andy Thompson | January 27, 2015 | Posted In: Road Biking, Road running, Running, Upcoming Events

Belmead Trailfest: Gorgeous venue, perfect place to launch an ultrarunner’s dreams

A motley bunch of us milled around the stable waiting calmly for directions to go forth into battle. Tall and fit, short and portly, old and the wise, naïve and …

By Emily Ward | October 14, 2014 | Posted In: Features, Running, Trail Running

A weekend of Folk, and outdoor opportunities, too

With the Richmond Folk Festival set to go off tomorrow evening, it looks like most area race organizers decided to avoid scheduling events on this weekend. But that’s not entirely …

By Andy Thompson | October 9, 2014 | Posted In: Road running, Running, Upcoming Events

The city that runs: Richmond full, half marathons set new entry records

The popularity of the Monument Avenue 10K was probably all the evidence we needed, but now there’s more to show what a huge — and growing — region of runners …

By Andy Thompson | October 8, 2014 | Posted In: Road running, Running

Central Va. greenway will surprise with its location, beauty

I’m walking along the paved pathway taking in my surroundings. Water lazily flows by as birds, bugs and other animals float in and out of the surrounding woods, creating the …

By Richard Chittick | September 26, 2014 | Posted In: Greenways, Hiking, Road Biking, Road running, Running, Trail Running

Runners, paddlers, MTBers rejoice! The Weekend Preview is here

If you like to run, bike or paddle, this is your kind of weekend here in the RVA. It starts on Friday for the runners with the Sports Backers’ Maymont X-Country …

By Andy Thompson | September 24, 2014 | Posted In: James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Running, Trail Running, Upcoming Events

Weekend Preview: Camp with the kids, run Broad Street, do a crazy-long triathlon (or just watch)

It’s Wednesday afternoon. That means the weekend is on the horizon, and as I mentioned last week, every Wednesday afternoon this fall you can check back here for a preview …

By Andy Thompson | September 17, 2014 | Posted In: James River, Road Biking, Road running, Running, Upcoming Events

RVA weekend preview includes tires, trash, bikes and beer

Don’t be put off by last week’s heat wave, folks, fall is on its way. And I don’t know about you, but fall is absolutely my favorite time of year. …

By Andy Thompson | September 10, 2014 | Posted In: James River, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Road running, Running, Upcoming Events

Counters show sky-high James River Park usage

Back in late May, I reported on the installation of counters — vehicle and infrared — at seven different units of the James River Park. The counters were made possible …

By Andy Thompson | September 4, 2014 | Posted In: Birding, Climbing, Fishing, Hiking, James River, Mountain Biking, Paddling, Running, Trail Running

5 tips for reducing endurance-training injuries

Part of the appeal of outdoor recreation is the presence of risk. Whether you’re dropping onto single track or hucking over a ledge, you may be embracing the presence of …

By Camille Ronesi | August 28, 2014 | Posted In: Features, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Road running, Running

Try these cross training methods for maximum running performance

Research makes clear the benefits of cross training, and many runners have learned to incorporate it into their training. Some people argue that to run fast you simply need to …

By Parker Spencer | August 5, 2014 | Posted In: Features, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Road running, Running, Trail Running

Paving the way for new greenways in greater Richmond

It’s amazing what a 10-foot-wide ribbon of asphalt can do to transform a region. Paved multi-use trails have completely altered the transportation and recreation landscape in cities like Boulder, Minneapolis, …

By Max Hepp-Buchanan | July 31, 2014 | Posted In: Features, Greenways, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Running, Trail Running

With sponsor gone, XTERRA races might not return to Richmond

A month ago the XTERRA East Championships off-road triathlon series came through Richmond. It was the 16th straight year XTERRA has put on a championship-level race here. But there’s a …

By Andy Thompson | July 17, 2014 | Posted In: James River, Mountain Biking, Running, Trail Running
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