Stage 3: The Paddle -- 5 miles down the James River from the Springwood Boat Landing to the the Buchanan Boat Landing next to Twin River Outfitters. It's a beautiful, easy paddle -- unless you are racing! Click here for the river map (the Tri section is on Map 3).
No kayak? No problem. Twin River Outfitter will provide a kayak, life jacket, and paddle at a special race day rate. Click hereto reserve a kayak.
Finish: Buchanan Town Park where the Pork By the James BBQ Festival will be in full swing with music and food. Please pick up your bike at Springwood ASAP after you finish. We'll have volunteers at Springwood until 30 minutes after the last racer finishes.
Note: The race will be held rain or shine. The paddling portion will be omitted in the unlikely event of high water (6 ft or over) making this event a duathlon. Current river levels can be viewed here.
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MAP OF RIVER LEG (see Map 3)
DIRECTIONS FOR CYCLING LEG (see Map and Course Profile below)
Experience the James River as you've never seen it before as you run, ride, and paddle your way through this epic multi-sport adventure in beautiful Botetourt County. The Buchanan Tri is a great triathlon for beginners, but is also challenging for experienced triathletes. We're now in our 4th year -- the race has grown each year and winners' times have dropped each year. Sign up now at our early bird pricing and start your training!
Individuals: $50 before 5/1; $60 after 5/1 & before 8/15; $70 after 8/15
Compete for the crown of King/Queen of Buchanan! We've added another Buchanan race, the Bearwallow Breakdown on October 6. This is an off-road version of the Buchanan Tri. It will feature a 6 mile kayak, a 5 mile trail run/hike, and a 12 mile mountain bike. This is a much more challenging course than the Buchanan Tri and will feature significant, rocky climbing and descending. King and Queen points will be awarded for the Bearwallow Breakdown and the Buchanan Tri.
Looking for a "warm-up" race this spring? Give the Alleghany Highlands Triathlon in Clifton Forge a try on May 18. We hope to work with this event to develop a triathlon points series for 2020!
The Swag: Participants will receive a race t-shirt (guaranteed if registered by 8/15) and post-race food. Top finishers will receive unique awards and serious braggin' rights!
Start: Buchanan Town Park, 2 p.m. We recommend you transport your kayak to the Springwood Boat Landing on your way to the park. If you would rather Twin River Outfitter transport your boat to the river, make sure you sign up here. If you rent a kayak, your boat will be staged at the river for you. We will have volunteers at Springwood beginning at noon. Packet pick-up and on-site race registration will be at the gazebo from noon to 1:30.
Stage 1: The Run ( 2 miles)
Start/Finish on Lowe St near the Town Park
--Proceed west on Lowe St, cross Rt. 11, go through tunnel on 19th St.
--Left on Spotswood Ave
--Left on 16th St.
--Right on Boyd St.
--Left on Bridge St.
--Left on Parkway Dr.
-- Cross Rt. 11 to Lowe St, back to bike transition at Town Park
Stage 2: The Bike -- 13 miles through rolling, country roads, ending at the Springwood boat landing, upstream from Buchanan. Here's a course map of the bike route...