SwimRunVA is a challenging, multi-leg race involving swimming and running. The course is perfectly strung along the James River and trails with beautiful views of the Richmond city skyline.
In 2009 Trailrunner Magazine named Richmond one of the best trail-running towns in America. Pair that with Outside Magazine’s number one overall pick for the best river town in America in 2012 and you have the perfect course for an amazing swimrun event.
Richmond has become known as a top competitor for one of the most physically active communities around. Filled with scenic running trails, biking excursions, 5k’s, marathons, the Monument Avenue 10k, triathlons, and now swimrun events, RVA has become a top destination for the active racing and outdoor community.
The Swim-Run-VA event started in 2016 with only 12 teams of 2. It was the second Swimrun event in the United States and the first ever in Virginia. This year’s race hosted 41 teams of 2 including professional racer, Eric Limkemann. Athletes from all over the East Coast joined the challenge. Ten different states and districts were represented including Virginia, Washington D.C., North Carolina, Maryland, Nebraska, New York, Indiana, Georgia, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. 2018 is only going to get bigger. Are you up for the challenge?
SwimRunVA starts with serene views of the sunrise over the James River mixed with beautiful trails starting at Huguenot Flatwater Park. After 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..