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Saturday, April 28, 2012 -- Marlinton, WV / Gazebo of Marlinton Mini Park
Great Greenbrier River Race ... Mini-Triathlon (iPO Event Id#: 13979)

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2012 Registration . . . MUST REGISTER BY April 6

    Download [ ENTRY FORM ]

    Must be postmarked by April 6, 2012. No Late or Race Day Registration.

26th Anniversary Event

Great Greenbrier River Race
Paddle the Greenbrier
In a beautiful setting along the Greenbrier River in Pocahontas County, this family-friendly, 17-mile mini-triathlon features a post-race gourmet picnic with live music, drawings, and great prizes!

Net proceeds from the race go to the Greenbrier River Trail Association, a private non-profit advocacy group dedicated to improvement and promotion of the Greenbrier River Trail and related facilities. Note that in the event of high water, the race will be changed to a Run/Bike/Run course.


17 Miles Total, Starts at 11 AM

    1. RUN 3 miles -- This route is out & back. Go to River Trail, turn left, go North to turnaround, return. Transition to boat.

    2. PADDLE 4 miles -- Go south from Marlinton bridge to takeout just beyond bridge near Buckeye. Transition via run/walk to bike at River Trail.

    3. PEDAL 10 miles -- Go south 3 miles to turnaround, go north 7 miles to Marlinton, turn left to finish at starting point.

    Approximately half the run course and 3 miles of the bike course are paved; the rest is fine gravel. The river course is mostly shallow with a few fast spots but no real rapids.


    Friday, 4/27

  • 6:00 - 8:00 pm -- Race packet pickup at:

    Marlinton Municipal Building
    709 2nd Avenue
    Marlinton, WV 24954 . . . [ Google Map ]

    Dinner on your own, Marlinton restaurants offering special dinner rates for racers and guests.

    Saturday, 4/28

  • 8:00 - 10:00 am - Race Packet pickup at tent, Competitor setup (see *Logistics below)

  • 10:30 am - MANDATORY Race meeting at Gazebo at Marlinton Mini Park

  • 11:00 am - RACE START

  • 1:30 pm - Post-race Picnic, live music, socializing and tales of triumph and woe

  • 2:30 pm - Awards ceremony


Arrive early (8 - 8:30 am), allowing plenty of time to set up as follows:

  • From Race Packet, attach numbers to bike, boat & runner per instructions.
  • Deliver bike (with number & helmet) to transition near Buckeye with one of these options: 1. By vehicle, via Rt. 219. Note: This takes time, as traffic in and out of transition location is one-way, with no parking at the River Trail. 2. Ride bike on non-motorized River Trail south from Marlinton to transition point (4 mi.), return on shuttle bus (8-10 am, courtesy of Appalachian Sport). 3. If team biker, ride to transition just after race meeting and remain there.

  • Position boat on riverbank in Marlinton with number, paddle and life jacket.
  • Attend 10:30 race meeting & be ready to start (with number attached) by 11.
  • Present meal ticket from Race Packet to get meal at post-race picnic.
  • Pick up boat after race at Buckeye. If finished by 1 pm, there may be time to do so before picnic and awards ceremony.


First place overall team. First, second, third in each category: solo or teams of two to four people, see category breakdown on Registration Form.


Alt Tag
Register by 4/6/12
All participants MUST PRE-REGISTER, postmark by 4/6. Each boat may have no more than two individuals. Bike helmets and life jackets (boat) are required. Kevlar boats may be used ONLY by SOLO competitors. Participants are responsible for transportation of all race equipment. Participants MUST attend 10:30 am meeting for final instructions.

Local Rentals

Get canoe/kayak or bike rentals from: Appalachian Sport, Marlinton (304) 799-4050
Jack Horner's Corner, Seebert (304) 653-4515

About the Area & Trail

The Greenbrier River Trail is a West Virginia State Park which follows the C&O Railroad right-of-way along the Greenbrier River from Cass to Caldwell, a distance of 77 miles. Open year-round, it is nearly level (one percent grade) and closed to motorized vehicles.

There are picnic and primitive camping areas along the entire length, as well as swimming holes, boat pull-outs and some of the finest scenery in the State. Overnight lodging and meals lie within short distances from the Trail. Bicycles and canoes can be rented in several locations.

For further information, visit the following websites:

Maps and other literature may be picked up at the Pocahontas County Convention and Visitors Bureau located at 708 Second Ave., Marlinton, across from the Town Fire Department.

Start Date: 2012-04-28     Start Time: 11:00am
Event Name: Great Greenbrier River Race ... Mini-Triathlon
Location(s): Marlinton, WV 24954
Gazebo of Marlinton Mini Park
Event Type(s): Run
Event Distance(s): 3mi 4mi 10mi
Contact(s): Pocahontas County CVB
   Phone: 800-336-7009
Comments: family-friendly, live music, post-race picnic
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