This race combines unmatched scenery with a rugged course sure to challenge the most diehard multi-sport athlete… swim, run, mountain bike.
The race starts upstream of the historic Town of Thurmond in the languid waters of the mighty New River.
Once the starting gun is fired, you will wade into the river and travel with the current for 1.5 miles, navigating a small ripple.
Leap from the water at the site of the once famous Dun Glen Hotel, don your trail shoes and begin a run that will climb 1,000 vertical feet to ACE Adventure Center.
The 7 to 8 mile run is over single-track trails and forest service roads.
Now that youre warmed up, hop on your mountain bike for a 10-mile ride over single-track trails that will take you to the brink of the Gorge where you see the swim/run transition 1,000 below!
If you are ready for some good ol fashioned off-road racing, then come on down to Southern West Virginia for the ACE Big Canyon ORT!
Directions To Race: From The Eastern Half of the U.S.
From I-81 Northbound, take I-77 North at Wytheville until your reach Beckley, West Virginia.
From I-81 Southbound, take I-64 to Beckley, West Virginia, where I-64 and I-77 merge.
From I-64, again, follow to Beckley, West Virginia.
Once in Beckley, West Virginia - take Highway 19 North at exit 48
- - - - - From The West, Midwest and Great Lakes Regions
Interstates I-64, I-77 and I-79 converge in Charleston, West Virginia.
From Charleston, head south on I-77 / I-64. Take the Mossy Road exit, Rt. 612, and follow to Oak Hill/ West Virginia State Highway 19.
If you are following I-79 South, you can join Highway 19 near Sutton, West Virginia
Once you reach Highway 19, take the Oak Hill "MAIN STREET" exit
Off Northbound 19, turn right at the top of the exit ramp
Off Southbound 19, turn left at the top of the exit ramp
Across from a busy BP convenience store is MINDEN ROAD
Turn down Minden Road and follow through the small community of Minden until you see the signs for ACE.
The New River Gorge is centrally located in southern West Virginia
Whitewater rafting, climbing, horseback riding available, too.
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