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!

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Your Registration Helps The Counseling Connection

Our beneficiary is The Counseling Connection whose mission statement is "Providing the highest quality counseling, therapy, education and advocacy" in West Virginia. The Counseling Connection receives all the funds from racer registration. Money from the race helps support their REACH program. It is a 24/7 response program for sexual assault victims and they provide free services like counseling as well as Recovery Kits. Learn more about this great organization and partner to the Capital City Challenge - The Counseling Connection.

Saturday, June 11, 2016

"Independence" Price Discount

The 2016 Capital City Challenge is just four months away. As a reminder, the date is September 17th and the start time is 9:00 am sharp. And through July 4th we are offering $10 off of our normal registration price! Visit the "Registration" tab to sign up on Tri State Racer. Enter the coupon code "Independence" when checking out to receive the discount.
The 2015 event saw a change in the bike course as construction forced us to change to a three loop course on Kanawha Boulevard rather than the traditional two loop course. Last year the City of Charleston was gracious enough to give us all four lanes of the Boulevard, which was appreciated by last year's participants. Although some participants forgot to complete the extra bike loop, we hope to eliminate that confusion with extra signage on the course. Please remember, this is now a three loop course! The mileage is the same but we had to add an extra lap to avoid the construction zone. The turnaround will be at Veazey Street again in 2016.
Another exciting change is that packet pick-up will be held at the Courtyard Marriott on Kanawha Boulevard the Friday night before the race from 4:00 to 7:00 pm.
The Courtyard Marriott is also the official hotel of the Challenge, so call today to reserve a room and tell them you are participating in this event for special room rates. The local telephone number is: 304-344-5888. Or you can visit their website by following this link: Courtyard Marriott - Charleston.