Nelson Co. Recreation
presents
The Piney River
Mini Triathlon
Saturday, April 13, 2019
Table of Contents
  • HOME
  • Event Description
  • Instructions
  • Directions
  • The Rules
  • Other Notes
  • Maps
  • Weather and Gages
  • Registration Form
  • Acknowledgements
  • Photos
  • Results
  • Run,
    Paddle,
    Bike

    The Piney River Mini Triathlon is intended for anyone interested in fitness, althletic competition or just healthy exercise. Participate and support the Blue Ridge Rail Trail, the Rescue Squad and our sponsors.
    Nelson Co. Recreation Dept.

    Do it for fitness. Do it for fun. Do it solo. Do it as a team. But Just DO IT!

    Preregistration: Fill out the Registration Form

    Mail:
    Nelson Co. Recreation Department
    Piney River Mini Triathlon
    P.O. Box 442
    Lovingston, VA 22949
    Phone: 434-263-7130

    Email: crichardson@nelsoncounty.org

    Fee: $20 solo; $35 team of 2; $45 team of 3 or 4; $45 for family (mom, dad, kids).
    NOTE: T-Shirts are free for ages 12 and under. Otherwise T-shirts are $10 each. T-shirts are guaranteed if ordered before March 22. After that date remaining T-Shirts will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis..
    Lunch: There are several good restaurants and delis in Lovingston, Colleen and Amherst in addition to numerous restaurants at local wineries, breweries, distilleries and in and near Wintergreen Resort. Try out our local cuisine or bring your own.
    Triathletes are encouraged to bring water or other non-alcoholic, liquid refreshment and snacks as desired.
    Main Event
    Saturday, April 13, 2019
    Mini Triathlon
    Run 1.6 miles alongside the beautiful Piney River.

    Paddle 3/4 mile on the Piney's Class I - II rapids.

    Bike 2.5 miles - 3/4 mile up Old Rose Mill Road alongside the Piney River and 1.75 miles up the Blue Ridge Railway Trail.

    The Piney River Mini Triathlon is sponsored by Nelson County Recreation, www.NelsonCounty-VA.gov
    Registration: 9:00 - 11:00 AM at the race start location.
    Start: Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Lower Parking Lot off Rose Mill Road, 11:30 AM
    Finish: Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Park Trail Head on Rt. 151.
    Award Ceremony: will begin at 1:15 PM at the trail head.
      Distances:
    1. Run: 1.6 miles
    2. Paddle: 3/4 mile
    3. Bike: 2.5 miles.
    Awards: for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishers.
    Classes:
    Solo - Youth and Adult, male and female
    Team - All Male, All Female, Coed.

    Camping for the Night

    James River State Park has a variety of camping arrangements including primitive camping alongside the river.
    See more of Nelson County at www.NelsonCountyVA.org and at www.NelsonCounty-VA.gov

    Website donated by www.roussosweb.com

    Instructions
    Saturday
    Register for the triathlon at the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail lower parking lot off Rose Mill Rd.
    Take your boat to the Put-In under the bridge.
    Take your bicycle to the paddle Take-Out.
    Park your vehicle at the Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail upper parking lot off Route 151. You can take a shuttle or walk down the trail to the Run Start on Rt. 674 (registration area).
    (see map and directions below).

    The Run
    The race will begin with a mass start of the runners at the Run Start on Rt. 674 at the registration area.
    Runners will follow Rt. 674 north, across the Piney River to Rt. 665.
    They will turn right onto Rt. 665 and follow it to the paddle Take-Out.
    They will then turn around and run back to the paddle Put-In.
    The Paddle
    After runners reach the "Put-In" they will get in their canoe/kayak or exchange with the paddler, then paddle to the Take-Out.

    The Bike
    After paddlers reach the "Take-Out" they will get their bike or exchange with the cyclist, then ride up Rt. 665 to Rt. 674.
    Cyclists will then turn left onto Rt. 674 and follow it to the Blue Ridge Railway Trail.
    They will turn right onto the trail and ride it to the finish line at the trail head.

    Note: The race course may not be suitable for racing and road bikes although the most competitive triathletes often use these types of bikes. Mountain bikes should have no difficulties. Cyclists on comfort bikes or hybrid bikes will need to exercise caution as the trail is often rough in places.

    Directions to Virginia Blue Ridge Railway Trail Head
    From Charlottesville
  • Take Rt. 29 South from Charlottesville to Rt. 56 West at Colleen.
  • Turn right (West) onto Rt. 56.
  • Proceed 5 miles to Rt. 151.
  • Turn left (South) onto Rt. 151. Proceed 2 miles to Park on left.
  • From Lynchburg
  • Take Rt. 29 North from Lynchburg, past Amherst to Rt. 151.
  • Turn left onto Rt. 151.
  • Proceed 7 miles to Park on right.

  • Directions to Race Start
    From Charlottesville
  • Take Rt. 29 South from Charlottesville to Rt. 56 West at Colleen.
  • Turn right (West) onto Rt. 56.
  • Proceed 4 miles to Rose Mill Rd (Rte 674).
  • Turn Left onto Rose Mill Rd and proceed 1.4 miles to Trail
  • From Lynchburg
  • Take Rt. 29 North from Lynchburg, past Amherst to Rt. 151.
  • Turn left onto Rt. 151.
  • Turn right at Excel Station onto Athlone Lane.
  • Proceed 4.5 miles to Race start.
    (Athlone Lane bears left at a fork & becomes Rose Mill Rd)


  • THE RULES
    • All paddlers must wear Coast Guard approved life vests.
    • All participants are required to give aid to any other participant in danger.
    • Bicyclists are required to wear helmets for their protection.
    • Paddlers are strongly encouraged to wear whitewater helmets for their protection.
    • No runner, paddler or cyclist may interfere with or impede the progress of another. Cyclists should stay to the right to allow faster cyclists to pass on the left.
    • Triathletes are encouraged to run the race course sometime before the actual race and to scout rapids.
    • Triathletes may make appeals to race officials but, in all cases, the decision of race officials is final and binding.
    (I mean, come on, it IS just a race :-)


      OTHER NOTES
    1. Consider Camping and Picnicing at the James River State Park (1-800-933-PARK ).
    2. Race time is at 11:30 AM. Those who wish to do a practice run early may do so.
    3. Connect to www.NelsonCountyVA.org for more information about accommodations and sites to see in Nelson County.


    MAPS - detailed on-line maps of the Nelson Co. area are located at www.nelsoncountyva.org/#Maps

    A detailed course map is located here.

    Nelson County Area




    Getting to the Blue Ridge Railway Trail
    X marks the trail head. Major road access is in yellow.



    James River State Park



    Nelson Co. Weather, Rain Gages, Rainfall
    Piney River Weather

    Nelson Co. Rain Gages

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