Course

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Participants of the ‘King of the James’ are required to register for the event at Reedy Creek from 8:00-8:30am on October 22nd, 2017.  The event staging area is in the grassy field, across from the train tracks near the parking lot. Here, participants can unload the gear they need to complete the event.  We will have somebody on site throughout the ‘King of the James’ to watch gear; however, ‘King of the James’ is not responsible for your individual gear.  Locks for gear are recommended.  Please take into consideration the time necessary to unload all belongings  at Reedy Creek in order to register for event.

***REMEMBER!  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT THE ‘KING OF THE JAMES’.  IF YOU SEE ANOTHER IN NEED OF HELP, PLEASE HELP!!!***

Race:

1.) Trail Run – Forest Hill Loop – Counter Clockwise

Leaving the Reedy Creek staging area on foot, participants will head towards and across parking lot, briefly access Buttermilk on left (.05 miles) and immediately turn right to run through tunnels under Riverside Drive.  There, they will enter Forest Hill Park.  As they continue up the access road in Forest Hill Park, take a right to cross Reedy Creek on a narrow, concrete bridge.  Continue on the Forest Hill Trail as it loops around park.  For more information on this trail, check out the RVA MORE Forest Hill Park Trail site for more information.  As you exit Forest Hill Park at Riverside Drive, cross Riverside Drive (watching for traffic), take a left and run alongside road for about 25 yards.  It is here you can cross parking lot to event staging area to access mountain bike.

2.) Mountain Bike – Buttermilk & North Bank – Clockwise

After picking up your mountain bike at Reedy Creek event staging area, head back through parking area to access Buttermilk Trail.  Pick up Buttermilk Trail in the parking turning right to head west.  The mountain bike leg of  the ‘King of the James’ is slightly confusing and some pre-race knowledge of the course is very important.  There is a ton of information at the RVA MORE SITE LOCATED HERE.  We are including the ‘normal’ Buttermilk Trail west of the Reedy Creek Parking Lot as the beginning section of single track (excluding small loop in quarry to the rider’s left at the base of brick ramp…stay right).  At the end of the Buttermilk Trail, you then cross the Nickel Bridge (suggested route using sidewalk) to access the North Bank Trail heading east.  As you reach the gravel road at the end of the North Bank Trail, take the quick up-hill sidewalk towards the Belvedere Bridge.  ‘King of the James’ will be using the Belvedere Bridge to make the 2nd James River crossing on mountain bike where you will re-access the Buttermilk Trail in order to make your way back to the Reedy Creek event staging area.  BE CAREFUL OF CARS!

3.)  Whitewater Kayak – Falls of the James River – Straight Down the Middle

***NO SEA KAYAKS OR WAVEHOPPERS.  IF YOUR BOAT IS OVER 4 METERS AND/OR HAS A KEEL, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED***

At this point, you have made it through the trail run and mountain bike portion of  the ‘King of the James’.  You’re tired.  You’re exhausted.  It is here you will have to descend the James River and it’s many difficult rapids.  If at this part of the race you are too tired, please consider not paddling.

For those still continuing, ‘King of the James’ will use these rapids as part of the event.

1st Break, Approach, Corner, Hollywood, Hollywood Shoals, X’s, 2nd Break (ferry towards Pipeline), Pipeline

After Pipeline, paddle towards 14th Street Whitewater Take Out (THANKS RICHMONDOUTSIDE.COM).  You finish when your boat hits the steps at the take-out.

Relax and sit back.  Take a breather.  You just finished the ‘King of the James’.  We will all gather here, safe & sound, at the 14th Street Take Out and make sure all participants have finished.  We are hoping to get a mass car shuttle back to Reedy Creek; however, at the moment it is not confirmed.

***REMEMBER!  YOU ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR OWN SAFETY AT THE ‘KING OF THE JAMES’.  IF YOU SEE ANOTHER IN NEED OF HELP, PLEASE HELP!!!***

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