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Virginia State Parks Adventure Series Coming to Historic Triangle This Spring

Virginia State Parks Adventure Series Coming to Historic Triangle This Spring

Participants in the cycling race. (Courtesy of Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation)

STATEWIDE — The Virginia State Park Adventure Series presented by Appalachian Power begins March 19, 2022.

This will be the fifth year of the Virginia State Park Adventure Series and it will feature 22 races in 13 state parks which will include bike races, adventure races and foot races at various distances ranging from 5k to semi- marathons and triathlons.

Ellen Alexander, owner of Happy Cat Events in Williamsburg, helps run nine races a year in the historic Triangle. She is now helping to organize one of the running events outside of this year’s Virginia State Parks Adventure Series. It’s called the “Taskina Creek Half Marathon” and the event will take place on June 5 at York River State Park.

“The Taskinas Creek Half Marathon is proud to be part of the VA State Park Adventure Series this year! Last year the race was a full marathon, but due to high heat and humidity in June for participants and volunteers, I decided to try it as a half marathon this year (Sunday 5 June),” Alexander said. “The course is a beautiful tour of York River State Park. Riders will see scenic views of the York River and Taskinas Creek along the course. There are walkways, narrow technical single-lane trails, wooden stairs, lookout points as well as fast and fun sections A portion of the proceeds will go to the Williamsburg Youth Mountain Bike Team, colonial revolution.”

Virginia State Parks Adventure Series participants will be able to compete for prizes while visiting the various state park locations.

Races are scheduled to take place at these 13 state parks from March through October. Here is the full list of races:

  • March 19-20 Pocahontas Tour at Pocahontas National Park
  • March 26 Dogwood Ultra Marathon at Twin Lakes State Park
  • April 3 Pocahontas Trail Running Fest at Pocahontas National Park
  • April 9 Frozen Foot Challenge at Seven Bends State Park
  • April 24 Marl’s Revenge at York River State Park
  • April 30 Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon at Smith Mountain Lake State Park
  • April 30 Spring Bloom Adventure Race at Lake Anna State Park
  • May 1 Middle Mountain Momma at Douthat State Park
  • May 7 Shenanduro at Shenandoah River State Park
  • May 7 High Bridge Trail Time Trial at High Bridge Trail State Park
  • June 5 Taskinas Creek 1/2 Marathon at York River State Park
  • June 18 Poca Go! at Pocahontas State Park
  • June 25 Night Train 1/2 Marathon at High Bridge Trail State Park
  • July 17 Summer Sizzle at York River State Park
  • August 7 Guts, Gravel, Glory at Pocahontas State Park
  • August 21 John Blair Blur at York River State Park
  • September 17 Odyssey Trail Running Rampage at Douthat State Park
  • September 17 New River Trail Challenge at New River Trail State Park
  • September 24 Crazy 8 Miller at York River State Park
  • October 1 Howlin’ Coyote 10k at Caledon State Park
  • October 1 James River Ultra Runs at James River State Park

This year’s Adventure Series will feature “Awards of Excellence”. If participants participate in six Adventure Series races, they will earn a Fit Certificate and a $100 Virginia State Parks Annual Pass. If participants participate in four Adventure Series races, they will win a Virginia State Parks annual pass and be entered into a draw for a $150 Virginia State Parks gift certificate.

Local runners, cyclists and hikers interested in participating can find more details about these races as well as more information about the Virginia State Parks Adventure Series. on its official website.