43nd Annual Lexington Road & River Relay

Saturday, May 5, 2018



Entry Form and Rules for Road & River Relay

Relay Map

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The Lexington Road & River Relay is a four-leg event (individual or relay) over a challenging 16.1 mile course in and around Lexington, Virginia.  Teams can consist of five or fewer members.  The first leg is a 3.5-mile run on paved roads over a moderately hilly course.  The second leg is a 9.1-mile bicycle ride on paved, hilly country roads.  The third leg is a 2.2-mile canoe or kayak course down the Maury River.  The fourth and final leg is a 1.3-mile loop run on a slightly hilly trail course.  For additional information, call Grace Crickenberger 540-464-3283 (work day) or email her at gcrickenberger@gmail.com or call Clay Devening at 540-463-6090 (evenings) or email him at drclay49@gmail.com.

Packet Pick-Up

Race packets containing numbers, an exchange wristband, course maps, and tee shirts may be picked up beginning at 8:30 a.m. at the start area on race day.

Location and Time

  • Race Start:  The race will begin promptly at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, May 5, 2018.  The start will be on Main Street in front of the Rockbridge Regional Library.
  • Bicycle and Canoe/Kayak Leg:  The finish of the first running leg, the start and finish of the bicycle leg, and the start of the canoe/kayak leg will be at Bean's Bottom on Route 631.  Bean's Bottom can be reached by following Main Street (Route 11) north across the Maury River Bridge and turning left onto Route 631.  Follow Route 631 along the river to Bean's Bottom.
  • Final Leg and Finish:  The finish of the canoe/kayak leg and the start and finish of the running leg will occur at Jordan's Point.  Jordan's Point is located on the south bank of the Maury River just west of the Maury River Bridge.  Jordan's Point can be accessed off of Main Street onto Jordan's Point Road at the south end of East Lexington Bridge.  Please park in the outer lots.


Entry Forms may be obtained by clicking on the link above or calling the numbers above.  Fee:  $90.00 per team through April 6, 2018; $125.00 after April 6, 2018.  Individual participants, $35.00 through April 6 2018; $45.00 after April 6, 2018. Individuals may also register the day of the race at the After April 3, 2017 cost.

Registration will occur at the starting area on race day from 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Entries should include a check payable to the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Club Foundation and a completed and signed registration form.



Awards will be presented for the following finishers:

  • Team Winner with standard canoe (Tradition Award)
  • Men's Team with canoe/kayak
  • Men's individual with canoe or kayak
  • Mixed gender team with canoe or kayak
  • 18 and under (any gender) with canoe or kayak
  • Women's Team with canoe or kayak
  • Women's Individual with canoe or kayak

Post-Race Events

Food and beverage will be provided at the finish area for race participants.

One beer ticket is included in the participants' entry fee.

Devils Backbone Beer will be available for purchase.

Race Rules

Failure to comply with race rules will result in disqualification.  Race rules are:

  • No assistance may be given to any team competitor during the race except in emergency situations.
  • Individuals not competing as part of a team may assist in moving the canoe or kayak to the start and in holding the bicycle.
  • Exchanges must be completed within the exchange area and must be hand-to-hand.  Exchanges outside the exchange area or tossed wristbands will result in disqualification.  Promptly remove all equipment from the exchange area when exchanges are completed.
  • After finishing a running leg or cycling leg, runners and cyclists must not warm-down or double back on the course.
  • Cyclists must properly wear an ANSI or Snell approved helmet with a chin strap fastened.  Since the bicycle leg is essentially a time trial, drafting is not allowed.
  • Canoeists/kayakers must properly wear a US Coast Guard approved life vest.  Canoes must be standard open models with single-bladed paddles to be eligible for the Tradition Award.
  • Individual participants must complete the event solo to be considered for the individual award.
  • All participants must sign a waiver of liability; no one else may sign for an entrant. Minors must provide waivers signed by parents or guardians.
  • Poor sportsmanship will be result in disqualification.  Be courteous and allow all competitors the pleasure of participation.
  • Logistics of transporting equipment (water craft and bicycles) and race participants is the responsibility of participants.  

Links to other Competitions

2016 Appalachian River Race Series Information 

For information about the series email erin.luzader@gmail.com

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