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Adventure Race

Race Day is Saturday August 4, 2018 at 9 a.m. - Claytor Lake State Park Pavilion 7

Register to be guaranteed your free t-shirt!!!

The Sports Medicine Club of VCOM cordially invites you to the annual Adventure Race at beautiful Claytor Lake State Park (~30 minutes from Blacksburg, Virginia). The race is a fun and competitive event that accommodates all levels of fitness. Everyone is invited! Spouses/significant others, friends, roommates – whoever would like to participate is more than welcome! The race starts at 9 a.m. on August 4, 2018 and will be followed by a picnic lunch lasting into the afternoon.

  • Register Online 
  • Send questions to Colleen Bannigan at cbannigan [at]

The Charity

All profits from the event benefit the J. Michael Bernardo Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is named in memory of J. Michael Bernardo, a member of the Class of 2010, who tragically lost his life while serving on a Dominican Republic medical mission. The scholarship will support students on a one-month or longer medical rotation in the Dominican Republic. If you can't attend the race but would like to donate to the scholarship fund, go to:

» Donate to the J. Michael Bernardo Scholarship Fund



The Adventure Race

Racers must negotiate the RUNNING, CYCLING, and PADDLING elements of the course. The race will consist of the following approximate distances: 1.5-mile kayak/canoe, 4-mile bike and 3-mile run.

The Pack Division

All individuals participating in this division complete every section of the race.

The Relay Division (team of three)

Only one member of the three-person team completes each section of the race.

Race Course

The Adventure Race is a three part course: Run, Bike and Kayak. The course begins with a 3-mile trail run. Racers begin at the registration area and start down State Park Road then enter onto the woods onto Bent Tree Trail. The trail loops into the woods and ends in a grass parking lot. Racers in the relay division will then tag off to their teammate for the second leg of the race. Racers competing in the Pack Division will need to have their bike line up along a fence.The second leg of the course is a 4-mile bike ride. Racers ride down Lakeview Road, loop around the campsites at the end of the road and came back around to turn left onto State Park Road, past the entrance to a left on Bear Drive. Volunteers will be on Bear Drive directing racers where to turn around. The course then loops back and ends in the grass parking lot. After completing the bike portion of the race, racers in the relay division will then tag off to their teammate for the third leg of the race. All racers completing the third leg of the race will run briefly to the boat launching area at the junction of State Park Road and Lakeview where they will enter the water for a 1.5 miles out and back. Racers row north along the shore until they are directed by volunteers to turn around. Racers should follow the string of buoys. Do not come into all the coves along the shore line and be careful not to go far out into the lake. Once back to launching area racers will need to pull their canoe/kayak out of the water and sprint to the finish line.

Equipment Rental

Canoes and kayaks will be provided for you or your team at the race location. Please indicate on your registration form if you intend to bring your own canoe or kayak.

If you have an extra canoe or kayak that you would be willing to loan to someone else for the day please let us know on the registration form.

If you have a bike please bring it as we will have a limited amount of bikes available. Bike rentals can be arranged through independent bike rental companies:

Hokie Spokes
200 Country Club Drive, Suite A3
Blacksburg, VA 24060
(540) 552-7765


Various gift certificates from local businesses/restaurants will be awarded to the winning team, winning individual, and most spirited team, and wherever we see it fit to reward someone!

Post-race Picnic

After the race, enjoy a complimentary lunch with other race participants and the family of Mike Bernardo.