Huge thanks to our 2016 Sponsors!
We would also like to thank Shawn and Sarah Casey and Dramas, Fairs, and Festivals for their generous support.
2016 Race Photos
30th Great Greenbrier River Race!
2016 was the 30th annual GREAT GREENBRIER RIVER RACE! The race is held the last Saturday in April each year. With great prizes, live music and good food,the event attracts a loyal following of racers and fans.
Originally a team event with four members, canoeists, bicyclist and runner, the race has now attracted many people who do it solo. But there is still room for the whole family or the family dog on a team! Kayaks and canoes are both encouraged and the many categories encourage prizes for many racers.
Proceeds from entry fees and our generous sponsors allow the trail association to sponsor various projects to improve and promote the trail.
The race is a triathalon. You start in Marlinton, WV run to the trail and take it north to the turn around point then right back into town, to make 3 miles, then you jump in your boat and paddle down the river to the blue bridge in Buckeye, which is about 4 miles of paddling, then you run over to your bike and ride south down the trail for a bit and turn around to head north past where you started and all the way back up to Marlinton making a 10 mile bike ride and the end of the race!
Solo – one person does all three events Run, Paddle, Bike.
Team – up to four people, each doing one or two events, not all three.
Early Bird Registration begins on Friday, January 15, 2016 and runs through Monday, February 15, 2016.
Early Bird rates are $45.00 per Solo and $42.00 per team member, up to 4 members.
Regular Registration February 16 – April 8, 2016 is $50.00 per Solo and $47.00 per team member, up to 4 members.
All age groups are welcome. This is a family friendly event. We welcome all age levels, and all skill levels as well. Come join in the fun!!
Awards are given for:
First Place Overall
First, Second, and Third Place in each category.
Youth (16 and under)
Male Master (50+)
Male Senior (60+)
Female Master (50+)
Female Senior (60+)
Youth (16 and under)
Master (all 50+)
Senior (all 60+)
Everyone must be registered by April 8, 2016. All racers must sign a liability release upon packet pick up. Parents must sign for children under the age of 18. Mandatory race meeting prior to the race at 10:30 a.m., at The Gazebo in Marlinton. It is a good idea to show up early on race day to get your bike, boat and self situated
We do not have results for the 2011 Great Greenbrier River Race and further back. They must exist somewhere, but getting them to exist here is another matter. If you have a copy of the results for a specific year and would be willing to share them, we would be very glad to post them!
2004 Great Greenbrier River Race Winners
2003 Great Greenbrier River Race Winners
2002 Great Greenbrier River Race Winners
2001 Great Greenbrier River Race Results
2000 Great Greenbrier River Race Results
Here is a write up of the 2000 race.
The winners hit the water first, but several kayaks arrived in Buckeye ahead of them for the switch to bikes.
The Greenbrier River was plenty high for the boat leg of the race. The water was clear and judging from the exclamations of the dunked rather cool. Winning time was 1 hour 22 minutes 52 seconds.
Running to canoes and kayaks for the first leg of the race at the bridge at Marlinton.
The first two boats to arrive at Buckeye were kayaks. As the boats came in volunteers helped them by dragging the canoes and kayaks from the river onto the bank so that racers could run to the trail to hand off their entry tag to the biker of the team.
Back in Marlinton at Stillwell Park, the runner for team #143 crosses the finish line.The best time for the canoe/kayak leg was 36 minutes 5 seconds by Horizon Line River Club who ended up finishing 25th.
The bikers had to ride to Seebert and back to Buckeye and then hand the entry tag to the runner.
Father Son and Holey Boat (the winners) had the best time in the biking leg with a time of 25 minutes 34 seconds.
The best time for the running leg was turned in by Bill Carney, 15 minutes 58 seconds. Bill finished 4th over all, but he did all 3 legs himself, an impressive feat.
Thanks for making our 15th annual Great Greenbrier River Race the biggest event to date. We had a lot of fun putting on the race and hope you enjoyed yourselves. Please feel free to send us your comments on anything about the event, as we are concerned that everyone have a fun time and want to return.
There were 54 teams in all. The race was in its 15th year and was brought back to Pocahontas County this year. The start was a shotgun canoe start in Marlinton with a canoe leg of 4 miles to Buckeye. The Bikers started at Buckeye and rode to Seebert, then back to Buckeye for a total of 8 miles. The runners started at Buckeye and ran to the finish line at Stillwell Park for three miles.
1st place team- Father, Son & Holey Boat 1 hour 22 minutes and 52 seconds
2nd place team- Team D&E 1 hour 23 minutes and 52 seconds
3rd place team- Lexington Strong Men 1 hour 25 minutes and 10 seconds
Our sponsors, Snowshoe, Pocahontas County CVB, The General Lewis, Jim McCoig, E&G Wagons and Trails, and Seneca Trail Physical Therapy, are to be commended for their contributions, as are our volunteers, EJ Marcum, Reta Griffith, Robin and John Muttscheller, Dick and Judie Lewis, Tracy and Lisa Asbury, Joe Stevens, Tony O’Leary, Mike Condon, Chuck Workman, Mike and Leslie Cain, Gail Lowry, Leslee McCarty and Nancy Smithson
Many folks look forward to this race each year. Coming in the spring it heralds the return of vehicles adorned with bikes, canoes and kayaks. Just for a day the pace on a certain section of the Greenbrier River Trail gets a little frantic as teams compete in one of the funnest races in the area.
Lewisburg prize donors include:
Stone House Store-Salsa.
The bakery-that great looking cheesecake.
Old Hardware Gallery-framed picture of a fish.
Fitness Forum-one month free membership.
Quilts unlimited-hand quilted glasses case.
Aggies-collectible Boyd rabbit.
Old Stone manse-gift certificate-free night for up to two people.
Food & friends-(2) free lunches for two people.
Peddlars Alley Antiques-coupons for discount.
Outdoor Adventures in White Sulphur Springs also provided some prizes.
Prize donors from Pocahontas County this year included:
E&G Wagon Trains, Trails and Cabins
The Cardinal Dining Room-Watoga
Pocahontas County CVB also donated a shirt for a prize
Jack Horner’s Corner in Seebert
Elk River Touring Center,
Van Reenan House B&B,
The Current B&B,
The Ski Barn,
Old Clark Inn
Cass Scenic RR and Durbin and Greenbrier Valley RR all donated tickets for prizes.
The Pocahontas 4H cooked lunch, the Marlinton Town Council served lemonade, and Appalachian Sport furnished the race badges. Food, drinks and supplies were donated by City National Bank, First Citizens Bank, The River Place, Fast Break, Foodland, and Dairy Queen. Local and regional businesses gave prizes from overnight trips to outdoor clothing. The West Virginia Division of Tourism sponsored the finish line.