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To The Bridge and Back

October 15, 2017

Upper James River
American Legion Post 354
4800 Welby Turn
Midlothian, VA 23113


Q. What will the water temperature be?

A. Although water temperature in the James can vary greatly depending on the prevailing weather pattern in the weeks leading up to the race, we expect the water temperature to be in the low 70's.

Q. What will the current be like?

A. This is harder to predicit, but we chose the date based on historically favorable water condtions that time of year. The current has been minimal the last three years and the course makes the upriver leg easier by being closer to the river bank. 

Q. I have my own kayaker but no kayak. Can I rent a kayak?

A. Yes, we we will have a limited number of kayaks for rent. Contact Kayak Richmond for all your kayak rental needs. 

Q. Can I change my 1500m seed time?

A. Yes, you can change your seed time until September 30, 2015 by emailing us.

Q. I registered with a kayaker but now they have backed out, what can I do?

A. For the 10-mile event we will provide a kayaker for you. For the 5 and 2.4mile events, we will provide on-course safety support and a floating nutrition station. 

Q. What if my kayaker backs out at the last minute?

A. We will make every effort to get you a kayaker but we cannot guarantee one if you notify us after September 30, 2015. If we are unable to provide an escort for you we will move you from the 10-miler into the 5-Mile event.

Q. If I don't have a kayaker for the 5-Mile event what do I do about nutrition?

A. PowerBar will be providing on-course nutrition via a pontoon boat around the 1.5 mile marker. This will include gels, Heed, bars, salt tablets and water.  Our nutrition boat has also been known to come with ham biscuits and other home-made treats. 

Q. Can I switch from the 10-miler to the 5-Miler or the 2.4?

A. Yes, up until Noon the Thursday before the event you can switch from the 10 to the 5 or the 2.4. There is a $10 processing fee.

Q. Can I defer my entry to next year?

A. We are sorry but entry fees may not be deferred to next year. We do not want to have to decide what qualifies as a good enough reason so this is a flat rule, no exceptions.

 Q. Will I be able to wear a wetsuit?

A. Please check over the wetsuit category rules here.