FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
April 8, 2016
Community Conservation Manager
Annual James River Rundown Tests Paddlers’ Endurance
The James River Association is pleased to announce the 3rd Annual James River Rundown
Registration is now open for the James River Rundown, a series of paddle races on the James River scheduled for June 11-12, 2016 in the heart of central Virginia.
A grueling 140-mile endurance race begins the morning of June 11 at Riveredge Park in Lynchburg, Virginia and will end at American Legion Post 354 in Richmond, Virginia the following day. It is one of the longest races of its kind on the east coast and will test the grit of even the most seasoned paddlers.
The 2016 James River Rundown also features a 100-mile race starting June 11 at James River State Park and a 20-mile race starting June 12 at Powhatan State Park. All three races will culminate near Robious Landing in Richmond at American Legion Post 354 for a post-race celebration.
Competitors will traverse the river in kayaks, canoes, rafts and paddleboards, either as solo paddlers or in teams. There are no restrictions on what they paddle, just as long as there is no motor, sail, or anchored oar configuration and participants reach the finish line within the 40 hour cutoff. Designated checkpoints will be setup along the way, offering paddlers a chance to rest or camp.
“The James River Rundown showcases the beauty of the James and promotes river recreation,” said Justin Doyle, Community Conservation Manager for the James River Association. “It’s an opportunity for folks to explore our wonderful river.”
“We want this event to appeal to paddlers across the country and be a fun event for everyone involved,” said Bill Street, CEO of the James River Association. “Safety is always a top priority, so there will be plenty of checkpoints, camping spots and safety boats along the course.”
The family-friendly after party at the finish line should cure paddler’s weariness by offering food, live music, and beverages from Hardywood Park Craft Brewery.
For more information on the James River Rundown, or to sign up to race or volunteer, visit www.jamesriverrundown.org.
ABOUT THE JAMES RIVER ASSOCIATION:
The James River Association is a member-supported nonprofit organization founded in 1976 to serve as a guardian and voice for the James River. Throughout the James River’s 10,000-sqaure mile watershed, the James River Association works through its core programs – Education, Community Conservation, Watershed Restoration, River Advocacy and the Riverkeeper Program – to help people of all ages enjoy, appreciate and protect the beauty and health of the James River for future generations to enjoy. For more information visit www.jamesriverassociation.org.