Muddy Squirrel

Buchanan Tri training series (starting 6/15) -- Designed for folks new to triathlons, this 4 week series meets on Thursdays at 6:00 pm in Buchanan. We'll focus mainly on the running and cycling legs of the Buchanan Tri, but we'll also talk about nutrition, hydration, equipment needs, and triathlon transitions.  We can also help you with a personalized training plan.  $55 for four weekly sessions. Separate KAYAK training details coming soon!




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. Individuals: $50 before 4/1; $60 after 4/1 & before 8/15; $70 after 8/15

Relay teams (per person): $40 

The Swag: Participants will receive a race t-shirt (guaranteed if registered by 8/15) and a post-race beer (for those 21 and over).  Top finishers will receive unique awards and serious braggin' rights!

Start: Buchanan Town Park, 2 p.m.  We will transport your boat from the Town Park to the kayak transition at Springwood, so no pre-staging worries for you.

Stage 1: The Run  (approximately 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 -- Approximately 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 -- Approximately 5 miles down the James River from the Springwood Boat Landing to the the Buchanan Boa Landing next to Twin River Outfitter.  It's a beautiful, easy paddle -- unless you are racing!    

No boat? No problem.  Contact Twin River Outfitters at (540)261-7334 or email at to rent a boat for the day at a special race rate.

Relay Team Option -- Three members, any gender or age combination you want.  One person does each stage.  Register as a relay team with a team name.

Finish: Buchanan Town Park where the Pork By the James Festival will be in full swing with music and food.  

Other training opportunities

Want to REALLY improve your running? We'll be offering a 6 week trail running training series starting April 6.  Although it's designed to introduce you to running off-road, we think the format and camaraderie will help you run more comfortably WHEREVER you run.

We'll offer several pre-rides of the bike route during the spring/summer. Stay tuned for dates! We'll post them here and on our Facebook page.

Please share your training updates and pictures with us on our Facebook page!  Be sure to tag your posts #RunRideRiver.

2017 Buchanan Tri -- September 9 

Start time 2 p.m.

2 mile road run + 13 mile road bike + 5 mile kayak = 20 miles of fun!

​***same course as 2016***


(540) 797-0217