Saturday, August 5, 2017
Captain Thurmond’s Challenge is an extreme triathlon consisting of 28.5 miles of the most challenging mountain biking, whitewater and trail running the New River Gorge area has to offer! This year, the CTC will be held on August, 5th, 2017 with the starting line in quaint downtown Fayetteville, WV.
This race is part of the New River Gorge Challenge Weekend so pack up the friends and family and head on out for a weekend of racing for every level! In addition to the Captain Thurmond’s Challenge on Saturday, August 5th, a charity 5K will also be held in town that morning with proceeds supporting the New River Gorge Learning Co-Op. There is also an awesome FAMILY-FRIENDLY triathlon held Sunday, August 6th in the town of Thurmond, WV, just a short drive from Fayetteville.
Participants may register to compete as part of Raft Team, a Relay Team, or in the Solo Division.
The 15 mile bike will lead you from the start line in the Town of Fayetteville through some of the best single track trail the New River Gorge has to offer. You will have approximately 0.75 miles of paved ride through the town. You will turn right into the second town park entrance (to the NPS parking area). From there, you will drop down onto the Park Loop Trail & take the right fork of that trail. Continue on this trail until you turn right on the Fayetteville Trail that will drop you down to Wolf Creek After crossing Wolf Creek Bridge, you’ll make a steady climb up to a sharp left turn on Fayetteville Trail. Keep climbing & you will continue on Fayetteville Trail as it crosses the Long Point Trail. You will pop out at Kaymoor top & continue until you reach the Arrow Head Trails. Here you will follow Dalton trail out to Craig’s Branch–a rough access road where you will have a screaming down hill to the Kaymoor-Cunard Trail. This trail will drop you out on the Cunard access road, which is the paved final stretch of the bike race. Please Note: The Cunard access road is a paved road that is VERY fast and we must implement some safety rules & guidelines for this descent, which will be discussed at the pre-race meeting, just before start time. The bike trails will be well-marked & staffed with volunteers to keep you on the right track.
The 7 mile paddle will run you right down the middle of the gorge passing through some of the best class white water the east coast has to offer. You will encounter Class 3 — Class 5 rapids so this race is NOT for your beginner boater. Make sure you have white water experience before going down this river. If participating as part of a raft team, this portion may include the option of including an experienced raft guide as part of your team.
The 6.5 mile run may seem short but don’t be fooled– the elevation gain is over 1,100 vertical feet. You will run from the takeout at the river approximately 3 miles up Fayette Station Road before turning onto the Bridgeview Trail, a steep scrambly trail with an awesome view of the NRG Bridge. That trail connects back with the Fayetteville Trail, where you’ll retrace your steps (or “pedals”) through the Water Treatment Stretch back into the Finish Line in town.
How to Register
SOLO Participants – Simply select the category you are entering and sign up.
RELAY Participants – ONE Person will register for the entire group. There is a question during registration that will ask for the remaining members and their shirt sizes. This MUST be answered during registration.
RAFT TEAM Participants – ONE Person will register for the entire group. There is a question during registration that will ask for the remaining members and their shirt sizes. This MUST be answered during registration.
Solo Racers – $65 with a $10 increase for race day registration.
Relay Teams – $150 with a $10 increase for race day registration
Raft Team – $165 with a $10 increase for race day registration
*Shirts are provided for racers if registered by July 1st, 2017.
Breakdown of Race Divisions
SOLO Expert Male and Female – Must have raced in pro field in one of the disciplines. Experts are allowed to have full length river racing boats that measure over 4 meters. Your FULL SHUTTLE IS TAKEN CARE OF. No stress–just enjoy a day of racing in the New River Gorge.
SOLO Sport Male and Female – We do NOT allow boats over 4 meters to be in this category. We will allow duckies in this field. Your FULL SHUTTLE IS TAKEN CARE OF. No stress–just enjoy a day of racing in the New River Gorge.
SOLO Masters Male and Female – 45 and over. Your FULL SHUTTLE IS TAKEN CARE OF. No stress Just enjoy a day of racing in the New River Gorge.
SOLO Clydesdale and Athena – racers 200 lbs and 175 lbs, respectively. Your FULL SHUTTLE IS TAKEN CARE OF. No stress Just enjoy a day of racing in the New River Gorge.
RELAY Male, Female, and Mixed – Each participant does one leg of race passing a baton between them. *Some have run this as a duo team. While we permit this we will not give any breaks for biker not reaching check point before boater. As always SAFETY is our #1 concern. RELAY TEAMS WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SHUTTLE! (example: Boater drives to put in, biker drives car out. Runner drives to boat take out/run start. Boater drives car back. Runner finishes back at home)
RAFT TEAM – 4 to 6 people. All participants are timed by the last team member to cross the line. There will be an honor code in effect for this class to make sure the slowest person on the team has the timing chip for the final run leg. It is our hope that the team will just stick together. *RAFT TEAMS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THEIR OWN SHUTTLE! Raft teams must provide logistics for their raft. Due to the nature of rubber we can not take on this liability.
*Please pay attention to Shuttle logistics and call with any further questions.
If you’re looking for teammates or are concerned about the whitewater leg of this race, we encourage you to contact us and we will be happy to help you assemble a team.
SOLO Expert Division = Cash Payout
All other = Medals & a very well stocked PRIZE TABLE. Includes gear from all 3 disciplines and great gift cards to great Fayetteville area restaurants & businesses.
Event Details & Schedule
Registration will open at 7:30 a.m. on race day (with a $10 price increase for race day registration)
The race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. sharp.
Solo racers gear must be loaded on National Guard trucks by no later than 9:30 a.m.
Music, fun, snacks & a post-race meal are all planned for the finish line area!
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