Rocketts Landing Triathlon & Duathlon

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The Scoop!

  • Due to the 2015 World Cycling Championships in Richmond, our race date moves to October 4, 2015.
  • The 2014 Richmond Rox Athlete Guide is available for download for your reference. The 2015 guide will be posted about a week before the event.
  • Welcome to the best Half & Oly urban course in VA! 
  • 2nd year of the Olympic and Half races on the same day.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Sweet Finisher medals
  • Famous best visors ever by Headsweats
  • Accurate swim, bike and run splits with live race day tracking from Fast Track timing
  • 2 Gatorade bottle handoffs on bike and finish, run aid stations on course
  • Post race food
  • 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.



Nov 7 -

Dec 17

Dec 18 -

March 18


March 19 -

June 10



June 11 -

Aug 19


Aug 20 -

Sep 30 8pm

Individual / Collegiate

$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
$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

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

Race Cap

430 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 Aquabike Male and Female
  • Top 3 Relays ( Includes All relay divisions )
  • 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. Cap colors and wave assignments subject to change according to final registration numbers:


  • Wave 1  - Men 39 & Under +  Male Aquabike - Yellow caps
  • Wave 2  - Men 40 & Over  - White caps
  • Wave 3  - All Women, Relays, Female Aquabike - Pink caps


  • Wave 4 -Men 39 & Under +  Male Aquabike - Yellow caps
  • Wave 5 - Men 40 & Over  - White caps
  • Wave 6 - All Women, Relays, Female Aquabike - Pink caps

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, October 3, 2015 Packet Pickup -

  • 8am 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, October 4, 2014

  • 5:30am Transition opens
  • 5:30am - 6:00am HALF & UNTIL 6:30AM FOR THE OLY 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 Half Start Wave 1
  • 7:05am Wave 2
  • 7:10am Wave 3
  • 7:15am Transition closes for the Olympic racers 
  • 7:28am first swimmer out
  • 8:00am Olympic Start Wave 4
  • 8:05am Wave 5
  • 8:10am Wave 6
  • 8:20am Half swim cut off, last Half swimmer must be out
  • 9:15am Olympic swim cut off, last Olympic swimmer must be out
  • 9:30am first biker in & onto run course
  • 10:15am-ish first Olympic finisher
  • 11:00am early bike removal at the swim entrance side with permission from transition captain
  • 11:15am-ish first Half finisher
  • 11:00am 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, or at any of the restaurants on site: Conch Republic, The Boathouse.  
  • 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 south below the Boathouse Restaurant to the wooden steps. Go down to the long marina dock and for an in-water start beside the dock 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 subject to river condition options on race day.  We will choose the safest course based on river levels and flow. Sighting tips are based on 2 big landmarks. Swim east toward the left shoreline, orange buoys on your right. Round the red turn buoys, keeping them on your right and swim straight back using the smokestack of 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.  *Updated 09-16-14

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 *Updated 9-16-14


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 the Terminal. 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.

The Olympic-distance course will mirror the former Rocketts Tri course with an adjustment to the turnaround to accommodate rider traffic on the Half course. It is essentially the first and last quarter of the Half course.

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 9-15-14

2014 Half Iron Bike Course Cue Sheet

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 Intermediate Terminal along the James River and heads down the Capital Trail along Dock Street.  You will head onto the historical Canal Walk,  up the ramp onto 14th street, south across the 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 - very wide shoulder here, 2nd street & Riverside Dr ramp will be closed), right on Byrd, right on 5th, left behind Fed Reserve Bank, merge right onto Haxal Point & the Canal Walk ... don't forget to check out all the local artist murals! Bear right on path along the flood wall, left onto 14th st sidewalk, left down ramp beside Southern Railway Taphouse. Head back along the Canal Walk to VA Capital trail to the turnaround at Great Shiplock Park. You will run a two loop course before heading back to the Terminal 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 9-4-14

Olympic Run Course Map *Revised 9-18-14

Transition / Race Venue

Transition Map

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Training Resources

We thank the following local groups for offering training programs specifically for Richmond Rox. View a complete list of RMS Tranining Resources »

Central Virginia Endurance

Coach Bob Flanigan, 

Trigirl / Triquest

Coaches Grandison Burnside & Cyndi Dumbacher

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Directions / Hotels

Packet Pickup / Race Briefing Venue

Packet pickup and briefing at the race venue: 3101 Wharf St, Richmond, VA 23223. This location is just north of Rocketts Landing, towards the city.

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.


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 University of Richmond white brick crew buidling. 


Host Hotel: Hilton Garden Inn Richmond Downtown

501 East Broad Street, Richmond, Virginia, 23219
804-384-4400, select option 2 for reservations, request the "Richmond Rox Triathlon guest room block" SOLD OUT, 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

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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