Rocketts Landing Triathlon & Duathlon

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The Scoop!

  • We are proud to have our Olympic Distance Race as part of the Mid-Atlantic Collegiate Triathlon Conference 2014 Series! We already have athletes from Georgetown, UVA, NC State, William & Mary, and James Madison registered to compete for our Collegiate Cup! 
  • New - post race food by Buzz & Ned's! More food, no stairs, & vegetarian options. Olympic-distance course added for your buddies!
  • New - relay match program, matching up swimmers with bikers or runners! Email with your interest. 
  • Check out this awesome video of the Richmond Rox course, the only Half Iron Distance race in Richmond
  • Racer swag will include finisher medals, Headsweats visors, post race meal ticket, and race shirts, to name a few.
  • Race site is located just 1 mile east of downtown Richmond near Rocketts Landing Village, Richmond's premier river front community with great views of downtown!
  • The swim is in the James River, a 360-mile long waterway that starts in the Shenandoah Mountains and flows all the way to the Chesapeake Bay.
  • The bike course heads east into rural Varina, rolling, but not difficult with grades.
  • The run heads west into historic downtown Richmond, along the canal walk, Brown's & Belle Islands, across the pedestrian bridge over the river, back across the flood wall, loops back again on the VA Capital Trail, then finishes at Rocketts right on the river down below the Boathouse & Conch Republic Restaurants! Parts of the run course have amazing views of the city and are off your normal boring out & back roadways.  We think you will be pleasantly surprised!
  • Gatorade Endurance is our drink sponsor!  There will be 2 bottle handoffs on the bike course and aid stations are every mile on the run.
  • Post race party will be held outside under the big top tent on the Sugar Pad, with spectacular views of the river & Richmond.
  • Best time of year to race in central VA.... wheels down!


VCU Evans-Haynes Burn Center

The VCU Evans-Haynes Burn Center is a 16-bed unit with eight-bed ICU and eight non-acute beds. We treat 250-300 patients per year including pediatric and adult burn patients. The Burn Center serves as the regional resource for the care of acute burns and reconstructive needs of burn survivors and provides care for people injured from fire, chemical, scalds, electrical burns and skin loss injuries and diseases.

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Race Distances

Half Iron = Swim 1.2 miles - Bike 56 miles - Run 13.1 miles

Olympic Distance = Swim 1500 meters - Bike 40k - Run 10k ( formally Rocketts Landing Triathlon )

*Richmond's only Half Iron Distance & Olympic Distance Triathlon

(Aquabike division is swim and bike only; no run!)


Race Amenities

  • Technical shirt - gender specific
  • Finisher medals
  • Famous best visors ever by Headsweats
  • Accurate swim, bike and run splits with live race day tracking from Rev3 timing
  • 2 Gatorade bottle handoffs on bike and finish, run aid stations on course
  • Post race food from Buz & Ned's BBQ, music, & party
  • Race photos from Competition Imaging
  • Race swim cap

Registration Fees

The registration fees below do not include online processing charges or the $12 USAT membership fee. All participants must have a USAT membership license or must purchase a $12 one day USAT insurance policy, this may be purchased along with registration or at packet pickup. Purchase an annual USAT license.

Walk up registrations, if available, must be paid by cash or check. No credit cards will be accepted. REGISTER AGE AS OF December 31 current year.

An online processing fee of 5% + $1 will be applied by RaceIt at checkout.

     2014 Nov 15 - Jan 31 Feb 1 - March 31


April 1 - May 31



June 1 - Aug 13 Midnight


Aug 14 - Sep 17 8pm

Individual / Athena / Clydesdale

$80 $90 $100 $110 $120
2 Person Relay
$125 $135 $145 $155 $165
3 Person Relay
$156 $165 $174 $186 $195
$75 $85 $95 $105 $115
         Half Iron
        Individual / Athena / Clydesdale
         $175          $185 $195          $205 $215
       Half Iron
   2 Person Relay**
            $225             $235 $245          $255 $265
        Half Iron
   3 Person Relay**
           $255           $264          $276          $285 $294
        Half Iron
         $170           $180          $190          $200 $210

*Athena=165lbs+, Clydesdale=220lbs+. Read about these optional categories HERE

**Relays pricing shown as team total; individuals register separately for their share.

Race Cap

400 for both races combined

8 hour cut off time will be enforced


Please note the race director reserves the right to add or delete the number of awards in age group categories prior to race day based on registrants in that category 2 weeks prior to race day. Awards will not be mailed out.

  • Top 3 overall Male and Female
  • Age groups (3 deep) Male and Female: 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59 60-64, 65-69, 70 and over
  • Top 3 Clydesdale Males 220+ lbs
  • Top 3 Athena Females 165+ lbs
  • Top 3 Aquabike Male and Female
  • Top 3 Relays ( Includes All relay divisions )
  • Physically Challenged
  • Assisted Athletes
  • Great Ball of Fire Award - goes to the most spirited individual or team at the race

Wetsuits/Swim Waves

Wetsuits will only be allowed if the water temperature is below 78.0 degrees Fahrenheit. If the water temperature exceeds 78.0 degrees but is less than 84.0 degrees, an athlete may wear a wetsuit but WILL BE INELIGIBLE for awards and national ranking consideration. If the water temperature is 84.0 degrees or higher, the use of wetsuits is strictly prohibited. The USAT Official will take readings before the race and make a determination about wetsuits. James River water temperatures can range anywhere from 75.0 degres to 80.0 degrees this time of year.

Swim heats are 5 minutes apart. The swim cutoff time is 70 minutes.

  • Wave 1 yellow - Men 39 & Under
  • Wave 2 white - Men 40 & Over + Clydesdales + Male Aquabike
  • Wave 3 pink - All Women, Relays, Athenas, Female Aquabike

Additional Information

  • This is a USAT Sanctioned race. Learn More »
  • Drafting is prohibited and penalties will be handed out.
  • The race will go on rain or shine.
  • Timing will be done by Fast Track Timing.
  • The race director reserves the right to alter the event for any reason.


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Race Timeline

Saturday, September 20, 2014 Packet Pickup

  • 9am RMS Team set up & sponsor drop offs
  • 11:00am - 4:00pm Mandatory packet pickup at race site.  Racers must bring a photo ID. NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS. USAT members must also bring their valid USAT card. Racers may only pick up their own packet. This includes relay teams. BYOB = bring your own bag for your #,shirt, swag (this is a VAGreen event!) No overnight bike racking. Timing chips handed out on race day.
  • 4:00pm - 5:00pm Pre-race briefing, mandatory for first timers.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

  • 5:30am Transition opens
  • 5:30am - 6:00am Race Day Packet Pickup. Racers must bring a photo ID. NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS. USAT members must also bring their valid USAT card. Racers may only pick up their own packet.
  • 6:15am - 6:45am Swim Warm-ups, this is not guaranteed to be supervised
  • 6:45am Transition closes for the half
  • 6:45am Swim wave start formation & National Anthem
  • 6:50am Assisted Athletes start
  • 7:00am Race Start wave 1
  • 7:05am wave 2
  • 7:10am wave 3 ( wave listings below)
  • 7:28am first swimmer out
  • 8:00am Olympic Start
  • 8:20am Half swim cut off, last Half swimmer must be out
  • 9:00am Olympic swim cut off, last Olympic swimmer must be out
  • 9:30am first biker in & onto run course
  • 10:15am-ish first Olympic finisher
  • 11:15am-ish first Half finisher
  • 11:00am Buz & Ned's Barbecue post race food served and sold
  • Post race party: Beer, wine, sodas, and water in the Beer Garden fundraising area! All sales go to our beneficiary, the VCU Evans-Haynes Burn Center. Please bring some cash or a credit card for our charity and tell your friends to come, too!
  • 12:30pm: Bike Course closes / course support released
  • 2:00pm Awards Presentation & post race meal catered on the Sugar Pad under the big tent. Food for spectators can be purchased from our caterer, Buz and Ned's Real Barbecue, or at any of the restaurants on site: Conch Republic, The Boathouse.  The Kona Ice truck will also be there serving up icy treats for kids of all ages.
  • 3:10pm Course closes 8 hours from last swim wave start


Refunds / Transfers

There are no refunds for any reason. You may do a one time transfer of your registration to a future race within 1 year or to another racer. A $15 fee along with any difference in registration costs will be charged to transfer. The deadline for transfers is 30 days out from race day. No transfers will be accepted after this date. All racer swag orders are due by this date.

You may also choose a one time deferral for your registration to the same event next year . A $15 fee along with any difference in registration costs will be charged to defer. The deadline for deferrals is 30 days out from race day. No deferrals will be accepted after this date.

To update/change your registration go to the RMS race calendar page and click on the UPDATE INFO button under the appropriate race. Enter your confirmation # and DOB, then click the desired option.


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Walk from the transition area to the east behind the Boathiuse steps down to the long  marina dock, in water start beside the dock slip with the gas pump. Look for the RMS blue start banner.

The swim cut-off time for the half is 70 minutes from your wave start, 60 minute cut off for the Oly.  If you are familiar with the Rocketts Landing. Tri swim course, the swim will extend 150 meters beyond "the rock" for a 1.2 mile swim in the James River starting from the dock at the Boathouse Restaurant. The expected river temp will be in the mid 70's and likely wetsuit eligible. The river current is tidal, yet the "fall line" with the rock beds actively slows down the current speed. There will be 2 swim course options posted due to river condition options on race day.  We will choose the safest course based on river levels and flow. Siting tips are based on 2 big landmarks. Swim east toward the left shoreline, orange buoys on your right. Round the yellow turn buoys, keeping them on your right and swim straight back using the Boathouse Restaurant as your guide. Exit is at the small boat dock, look for the RMS yellow flags. 

Half Swim Course Map Plan A with normal river conditions.  *Revised 09-16-13

Half Swim Course Map Plan B downstream short course from Great Shiplock Park

The swim cut-off time for the Olympic is 60 minutes from your wave start.

Olympic Swim Course Map


The half course will overlap some of the former Rocketts Tri course yet expand beyond the beautiful east end Richmond rural roads.  It will head out east onto Osbourne/RT 5 and Kingsland, with a lollipop loop.  The bike course is pretty flat in some areas with a some rollers, single digit hill at mile 1 - yet short.  It will be one loop, scenic, rural, with a cool skyline view to rock back into transition at Rocketts Village.

The olympic course will mirror the former Rocketts Tri course with an adjustment to the turnaround to accommodate rider traffic on the Half course. There will be two strategically placed bottle hand offs on this course and portalets at miles 18 (Citgo station) Charles City RD and mile 43 at Buffin/Kingsland.  Have a trash bottle ready to handoff that will not be returned. Gatorade Endurance is our new drink sponsor!  VCU Medical Center bottles will have water in them. Bike course cut off time is 4 hrs from the end of the swim cut off of your wave and course support will be released by 12:30pm.

Safety Note: There is a rough railroad crossing at Mile 1 at the bottom of a fast descent. Be on your brake hoods, not in aero!

2014 Half Iron Bike Course Map : printable PDF *Revised 8-28-14

2014 Half Iron Bike Course : RideWithGPS Interactive Map with Elevation

2014 Olympic 40K Bike Course Map : printable PDF *Revised 5-22-14

2014 Olympic 40K Bike Course : RideWithGPS Interactive Map with Elevation


The run starts at the Rocketts Landing Village community along the James River and heads down the Capital Trail along dock street.  You will head onto the historical Canal Walk,  onto 14th street bridge, right on West 7th Street, left on Semmes, right on 12th, left on Railroad at Suntrust, right onto the Lee bridge (best views on the course), down Byrd, pop onto scenic Brown's Island, onto Canal Walk ... don't forget to check out all the local artist murals! You will run a two loop course before heading back over to Rocketts Landing for the finish.  This course will be a great break for road race boredom and give you a sense of history and picturesque scenery.  There will be aid stations at every mile marker, some over lapping due to the 2 loop run course.  Along with Gatorade we will provide Clif blocks and Power gels. Coke, salt tabs, rags will be on the later aid stations at miles 10, 11, 12. Run course closes 3:15pm. This is 8 hrs from the last swim wave start.  Runners must stay on sidewalks during the race where applicable.

Race course cut off time enforced at 8hrs

Half Run Course Map   *Revised 09-13-13

Olympic Run Course Map

Written Run Course Directions

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Training Resources

The following local groups have training programs specifically for Richmond Rox. View a complete list of RMS Tranining Resources »

Central Virginia Endurance

Central VA Endurance has YMCA programs at 9 area YMCAs! $30 for members, $50 for non members.  Info session for these start in November. Questions?  Email Coach Bob Flanigan, 

Trigirl / Triquest




Special Offer Details:

15 Week Richmond Rox 1/2 Iron Distance Program
Begins May 31, 2014
Cost: $170

12 Week Richmond Rox Olympic Distance Program
Begins June 28
Cost: $135

Training Includes: 
- Detailed Online Training Plan - 
- Saturday 7am Group Ride & Run -
- Unlimited Coach Access -
Clinics on Nutrition, Flat Changing, Transitions and MUCH more!  

Richmond Rox 1/2 Iron Training - Click HERE to Register Now!
Richmond Rox Olympic Training - Click HERE to Register Now!


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Directions / Hotels

Packet Pickup / Race Briefing Venue

Packet pickup and briefing location to be announced.

Racers must bring a photo ID. NO ID, NO RACE, NO EXCEPTIONS. USAT members must also bring their valid USAT card. Racers may only pick up their own packet.

Race Venue

Rocketts Landing
If you're using GPS, plug in the address of the Boathouse Restaurant –
4708 Old Main Street, Richmond, VA 23231


There will be parking in the lots on Rt 5/Main Street between Nicholson and Orleans, there are 3 lots ( P4 & P5 on this map ) Rocketts Landing Parking Map .  The first area is at Nicholson/Main, its an ivory & red building, the next lot is an old gas station, the last area is big & located as you take a left on Orleans.  They are on the northern side of Main street across from the W.R. Hill white building, just west of Rocketts Landing.  NO parking in the lots on Orleans & Old Main, these are reserved for the restaurants.   If your friends & family are eating there, that is fine to park there. The lower level river parking is reserved for volunteers & kayakers at the U of Richmond red crew building.  Again, avoid I 95 & I 64, take downtown expressway to 7th & 9th street exit, follow to end and bear left underneath the overpass, then right on Canal, left on 14th, right on Main which turns into Rt 5. 


Host Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown

Address: 501 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219
Phone: 804-384-4400, select option 2 for reservations, request the "Richmond Rox Triathlon guest room block", use code "RROX" in Group/Convention Code

Rate: $110/night
Expires: Aug 29, 2014
For Suites, Junior suites, or ADA compliant rooms, contact: Laura Moloney, 804-727-2105


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2014 Live Results Link - will be posted closer to race day

2013 Results 

2012 Overall Results


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2014 Photos by Competition Imaging

2013 Photos by Competition Imaging

2012 Photos by Competition Imaging


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