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.
SwimRVA hosted the first ever swimrun event in Virginia and the second in the US on October 15th, 2016. This was a milestone for the community as well as the city. Athletes from 3 different states accepted the challenge to be the first to complete the 13 miles of running and 5 miles of swimming in this inaugural event. 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.
Swimrun is about camaraderie. It is about emotion. It challenges you to work together with a partner while overcoming your own physical and mental barriers. Swimrun is a new concept that is catching on quickly in the states. Richmond hit yet another home-run with this event and SwimRunVA is so unique because of its one-of-a-kind course mixed with beautiful trails and urban views. If you have ever really wanted to feel like you are part of Richmond, SwimRunVA is the perfect event. Registration for the 2017 SwimRunVA event on October 21, 2017 is now live. Do you have what it takes?