Early registration for the second Buchanan Tri— Run, Ride & River Race is under way.
The 20-mile triathlon race— which features a 2-mile road run, 13-mile bike ride and 5-mile kayak paddle down the James River— will be Saturday, Sept. 9.
The race is sponsored by the Town of Buchanan and Muddy Squirrel. Registration is through Muddy Squirrel at www.muddysquirrel.com/buchanan-tri.html.
The race has divisions for individual men and women and teams. The race will be over the same course as 2016.
Race registration for individuals is $50 before April 1, $60 after April 1 and before August 15, and $70 after that until race day.
Registration for relay teams is $40 per person.
Participants will receive a race T-shirt (guaranteed if registered by August 15) and a post-race beer (for those 21 and over). Top finishers will receive unique awards.
The race starts at Buchanan Town Park at 2 p.m. Boat transport will be provided for the kayak transition at the Springwood ramp on the James.
The 2-mile run starts and finishes at the Town Park where participants transition to the bike portion that is over rolling, country roads, ending at the Springwood boat landing, upriver from Buchanan.
The paddle stage is 5 miles down the James River to the Buchanan boat landing next to Twin River Outfitter and the Town Park.
Those without a kayak can rent one at a special rate for the race at Twin River Outfitters at (540) 261-7334 or email at email@example.com.
The Relay Team Option provides for three members, any gender or age combination, with one person racing in each stage.
The Pork By the James Festival on the Town Park will be in full swing with music and food at the end of the race.
Muddy Squirrel is offering training opportunities leading up to the Buchanan Tri.
There will be a six-week trail running training series starting April 6. Although it’s designed as an introduction to running off-road, the format and camaraderie will help participants run more comfortably wherever they run.
There will be several pre-rides of the bike route during the spring/summer. They will be posted on the Muddy Squirrel Facebook page.
For more information, visit www.muddysquirrel.com.