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...
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).
Finish: Buchanan Town Park where there will be a boxed meal for you and a cool finisher's medal. 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 5th year -- the race has grown and finishing times have gotten more competitive. Sign up and start your training!
Adjustments due to COVID-19:
To be announced as time gets closer.
Individuals: $50 before 6/1; $60 after 6/1 & before 8/22; $70 after 8/22
The Swag: Participants will receive a race t-shirt (guaranteed if registered by 8/22) 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. We're out of rental kayaks, so you'll need to borrow one or bring your own. If you rented 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 park 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