Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Run for the River Triathlon

This Saturday you can run, row, and ride on the Coal River in the Run for the River Triathlon. The race takes place in Tornado, WV and features a 3 mile run, 8 mile bike, and 7 mile row course. The weather is finally featuring the best of Spring temperatures and sunshine; we recommended making the most of it with this fun triathlon.

Monday, March 13, 2017

The Leprechaun Chase

Start your spring training right this weekend with a trail run in Kanawha State Forest. The Leprechaun Chase is a rolling 8k in the woods that should delight off-road runners looking for a unique early season race. Try to catch the lead runner in leprechaun attire and beat him to the finish line, if you are feeling up for a challenge. Runners looking to celebrate St. Patrick's Day weekend should enjoy this one!

Monday, February 20, 2017

Area Runs, Races, and Training - 2017

The Run Row Ride Committee loves to participate in races on foot, on bike, and in the water throughout the region. There are some great events this year that will help you prepare for the 2017 Capital City Challenge. We will be highlighting some of these events with the idea that participating in them will get you in shape for our race on September 16th. Here is a preview of some of our favorites:

March 18: The Leprechaun Chase; Kanawha State Forest; This is an 8k (5 mile) road and trail run that benefits the Almost Heaven Scholarship Fund. Off-road and hill training is great for improving your running time on the flats. Registration: APTiming

April 15: Run for the River; Tornado, WV; a "Sprint-Spoke-Splash" event sponsored by the Coal River Group. This triathlon will test all the important muscle groups and get your Spring training well underway. Registration: TriStateRacer

April 29: The Great Greenbrier River Race; Marlinton, WV. This is a well-established event in a unique location that mirrors our Challenge very closely. Registration: TriStateRacer

July 22: The Almost Heaven 7; St. Albans, WV; This is a challenging 7k trail run at St. Albans City Park and also benefits the Almost Heaven Scholarship fund. APTiming

For more events throughout the Spring and Summer keep watching our website and Facebook page. We will have plenty of favorites to add to this list, as well as training tips and tricks.

Saturday, February 11, 2017

2017 Capital City Challenge

Welcome! We have a race date for the 2017 edition of the Capital City Challenge. September 16, 2017 will be the 8th annual run, row, ride at its home on Kanawha Boulevard and the Kanawha River. The race course is contained between Magic Island on the West and Daniel Boone Park on the East. See our "Course" tab for more details.
We will be updating this website as well as our Facebook page in the weeks and months to come with information about training, sourcing equipment, and other area races you may want to consider. Give us a "like" and post a comment/question on our Facebook page to connect with the Challenge.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Packet Pick-Up

Come by The Clay Center, at 1 Clay Square in Charleston from 4:00 pm to 6:50 pm on Friday September 16th to pick-up your race packet. The packet will contain your race bib and race instructions (the race instructions are also on the website here). The Clay Center is located off Exit 100 of I-77/I-64. Exit the interstate and go to the first stoplight. Go straight through the stoplight and the entrance to the Clay Center will be on the left. Take the circular drive and temporarily park on the right hand side. We will be inside the main entrance, through the double doors.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Race Day Events in Charleston

We are two-and-a-half weeks away from the 2016 race. If you are looking for a way to celebrate completing the Challenge, stick around Charleston for a Downtown Streetfest starting at 4:30 pm on Capitol Street. There will be live music, food, and drinks until 8:00 pm.
The Clay Center will feature a performance by the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 pm. The Orchestra is auditioning for a new conductor and this will be the first performance of the fall season.
The Capitol Market will feature their last Science Saturday of the year, hosted by The Clay Center from noon to 4 pm. Demonstrations and experiments aimed at a younger audience will be on display there.
Those interested in artwork can visit the East End Bazaar until 3:00 pm for their "Art of Painting" exhibit.

Make all your race day preparations and get ready to run, row, ride. Then, take a look at the many other activities on this busy Saturday in Charleston. It looks to be an amazing day!

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The 2016 Race Approaches

We are a month and a half (45 days) away from the 2016 Capital City Challenge. Ramp up your training and get your gear (kayak and bike) ready for the event. Find a friend to team up with if you would rather not complete the individual triathlon. And remember, this is the first year we are featuring a 13k run (8 miles). Runners who would rather not paddle or bike can still enjoy a challenging distance run on the Boulevard.
If you are travelling to Charleston for the race, check out the Courtyard Marriott on Kanawha Boulevard for accommodations. It is short walk from our featured hotel to the race start at Magic Island. See the tab above for more information on staying there. For dining options, check out the many downtown restaurants featured on the Charleston Visitor Bureau's website: here.
Take time to explore the other tabs on this website. They most likely have the answers to questions concerning the race course and rules. Visit the "Sponsors" tab to see the companies and organizations who make the Challenge possible. This year the race is being supported by: Star USA Federal Credit Union; Webb Law Centre; Snap Fitness; WV American Water; John's Cyclery; The Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau; Suttle & Stalnaker; Bar 101; and The City of Charleston. Thank you!