10th Annual Race for the River Kayakalon


The area’s most unique sprint triathlon takes place within the scenic Goose Creek State Park, located along the banks of the Pamlico River. Participants begin the race with a 1.5 mile kayak paddle in the beautiful (but unpredictable) Pamlico River. The next leg includes a 15-mile bike ride on flat country roads. Racers head to the finish line with a 3-mile run on shaded trails within the State Park.

Since 2007, the race has continually gained popularity and is attracting participants from many states. The race was also highlighted in Fitness magazine’s May 2010 issue as a race at a great destination that shouldn’t be missed!

This event appeals to all – the serious racer to the average athlete. Relay teams are not only accepted but encouraged and children the age of 12 are able to participate.  So grab your friends and family and join us for the best sprint triathlon in the region!

Date: Saturday April 30, 2016

Time: Check in: 7 – 8:30 AM; Race Start: 9 AM

Location: Goose Creek State Park (maps and directions here).

Registration: Online registration will open soon! Please register here at www.runtheeast.com. Participants must be at least 12 years by race day. Mail-in entries can be downloaded here and must be postmarked by deadline dates. Race day registration is permitted.

Early Bird – Prior to April 14, 2016: Individual $50, Relay Team $85

Regular Registration Closes April 27, 2016: Individual $55, Relay Team $100 *T-shirt size not guaranteed

Race Day Registration: Individual $55, Relay Team $100 **t-shirt and swag bag not guaranteed

Prizes: Awards will be presented in the following categories: Male & Female Ages 12-15, 16-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ Age Groups (3 deep). Overall Male and Female (3 deep), Overall Teams (3 deep).

Timing and Scoring: Conducted by Run the East. Results will be posted at www.runtheeast.com.

Relay Teams: May consist of 2 or 3 racers.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Participants will be allowed to cancel and receive a 50% refund of their registration fee if cancellation is received by March 31, 2016. No refunds will be allowed after this time for any reason. No transfers are allowed. The race will be rain or shine. In the case of inclement weather, the start and time may be delayed to allow for inclement weather to pass.

Kayak/Paddle Board Rentals:  Kayaks are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Supply is limited. For inquires, please call 252-946-7211. NO CANOES, NO TANDEMS! Reserve your kayak when you register. For a great kayak to use during the Kayakalon, we highly recommend Inner Banks Outfitters (252-975-3006) and Knee Deep Adventures (252-714-5836). If you are an East Carolina University student, you can reserve a Sea Kayak or paddle board through the adventure program by calling 252-328-1560. We recommend kayaks that are 12 foot or longer in order to handle the changing conditions of the Pamlico River.

Hotel: Sound Rivers will be contacting the Hampton Inn in Washington to offer our participants a good rate. Check back for updates.

Packet Pick-Up: Early packet pick-up will be available on Friday 9 AM – 5 PM at Sound Rivers office: 108 Gladden Street, Washington. For directions, call 252-946-7211.