Date(s) - 10/21/2017
James River Park System
SwimRVA decided to put together the first ever SWIM-RUN-VA after being humbled and inspired by stories and videos of various Swimrun events from across the world. Otillo style Swimrun is intensely challenging at every level: all the racers, the staff, the media, and the families are pushed to their limits. Participation is not enough. You have to give it all you have- whether you’re committed to finishing or to coming out on top as the winners. No one makes it through without being infected by the spirit and soul of Swimrun.
In parts of the world where Otillo style Swimrun has already taken its place as the most popular form of adventure race, the Swimrun community is closer to a tight-knit family than a collection of strangers. The values of the Swimrun community mirror this: to challenge each other, to respect each other, to support each other, and to be unafraid of expressing our emotions to each other. A sport as demanding as Swimrun has no room for anything except unwavering companionship and understanding.
Even as the popularity of Swimrun has been exploding in other parts of the world, this will be one of the first chances many Americans have to challenge themselves to compete in this unique challenge format. The course winds through beautiful Richmond, Virginia, selected by Outside Magazine as the best river town in America, giving racers the opportunity not just to enjoy the physical aspect of competition, but also some truly beautiful scenery.
SwimRunVA starts with serene views of the sunrise over the James River mixed with beautiful trails starting at Huguenot Flatwater Park. img_2990-1After this long swim to the Z dam, it’s time for quick but technical swim around some rapids. The course then takes you on a run at Pony Pastor and into the quick moving part of the river for a fast 1000 meter swim. Moving into more urban features of the event, racers will run through quiet neighborhoods and over Richmond’s downtown expressway into a short sprint swim under the Boulevard bridge. Next is a 2.87 mile run from Texas beach trail to Northbank trail to Belle Isle which is arguably the funnest and most challenging leg of the race. After a quick swim and breathtaking city skyline views from Richmond’s Floodwall, your final swim finishes at Chappel Island and Great Shiplock park. The home stretch is a 2 mile run that includes the Richmond terminus of the Capital Trail, Shockoe Bottom, and the Canal Walk across the pipeline trail into Brown’s Island. A final sprint for the finish to the River bank across from the Tredegar American Civil War museum will complete you amazing journey.