Trail Events and Races

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Roanoke Parks and Recreation is proud to partner and offer several Trail Events and Races throughout the year.  Check out what we have going on below!


On The Trails Duathlon, September 28, 2014

(18+, 10+ with an adult) The inaugural On the Trails Duathlon with take place at Carvins Cove this September and showcase some of the most popular views and trails the Cove has to offer. The Regional Off-Road Duathlon Championship is part of the Virginia Off-Road Series and starts with a 2.5 mile out and back trail run up and down Waters Edge Trail. Participants then transition to mountain bikes for a 12 mile loop on Happy Valley, Schoolhouse, Enchanted Forest, and Arrowhead trails. The course wraps up with another 2.5 mile out and back on Waters Edge trail. This is a great course that offers everything from fire roads to technical, hilly single track and is designed to show you what the Cove has to offer for both runnersand bikers. It is highly recommended that all mountain bikers ride a functional mountain bike as the bike section of the trail comprises about half of the distance with technical single track.


Meeting Date: Sunday, September 28th at 10:00am

Early Bird Registration until August 30: $40 for individuals/$60 for teams

Pre-Registration until September 25: $50 for individuals/$70 for teams

Meeting Location: Hollins Side Boat Landing at Carvins Cove

The deadline to register online is Thursday, September 25. Register Here.

Roanoke 7 Summits, September 25-November 6, 2014

r7s logo(All Ages) The Roanoke 7 Summits is back with new summits and new challenges. This is a unique event that combines our regions premier trails with an active living awareness program.  The “Roanoke 7 Summits” is a fun play-off of the international mountaineering challenge of climbing each of the seven continents highest mountains.  By taking this challenge you’ll hike to the summit of seven of the Roanoke Region’s top mountain summits in a seven week span.  It demands a great attitude, determination, exploration, and pushing yourself to new levels.

Each summit has multiple group hike dates through City of Roanoke Parks and Recreation.  These will be formally guided hikes that are not included in the Roanoke 7 Summits registration fee, but for only $6 per hike, are a great chance to get out there with an experienced hiker, meet hiking buddies, and enjoy the energy of the group effort to get to each summit. Of course, if you prefer, you can also do each hike on your own.

Your official registration includes a t-shirt, consistent e-mail and blog posts with status updates, hiking routes, and extra motivation. And if you’re into free gear, all participants are entered into random drawings to win free giveaways throughout the 7 weeks.

Be a Summiteer and join the Roanoke 7 Summits! Check out for more details.

Meeting Dates:     Program is self guided. If you choose to do the guided hikes, they are an additional $6.00 each and will be offered on Thursdays and Saturdays.

Price: $25, includes a Roanoke 7 Summits t shirt

Hikes depart from the Norwich Center at 2127 Buford Ave on Thursdays and Public Works at 1802 Courtland Road on Saturdays.

Register Here. The deadline to register for this program is September 23rd.

GO Cross Cyclocross Race at Fallon Park, Saturday, October 18, 2014MtnBikerObstacle

 (All ages) GO Cross is a cyclocross race that is part of the VACX series. Held at Fallon Park at Virginia’s only year round cyclocross course, this challenging course includes sand, climbing, stairs, man-made barriers, paved, and traditional grass sections. Racers do as many loops as possible in a certain time on the one mile course. Cyclocross is one of the fastest growing cycling disciplines and certainly the biggest crowd pleaser, so if racing isn’t for you, grab your cowbell and come cheer everyone on!

Meeting Date: Saturday, October 18, 2014

Time: 9:30 a.m.-3:30 a.m.

Price: $25 for adults; $10 for juniors

Location: Fallon Park Cyclocross Course

For more information, visit Registration is available the day of the race. Note: Racers other than kids must have a USA Cycling license to race. These can be purchased at the race site for $10.

Odyssey Mill Mountain Trail Half Marathon, Sunday, October 19, 2014jacobs drop

The Odyssey Mill Mountain Trail Half Marathon will be a scenic, but challenging trail running race which will start and finish at the Roanoke GO Outside Festival on Sunday, October 19, 2014. The race route will wind up, down, and round Mill Mountain offering panoramic views of the Roanoke Valley and surrounding Blue Ridge Mountains.  The reds, oranges, and yellows of the fall foliage will have your eyes wanting more. See the famous Mill Mountain Star not once, but twice on the 4000′ of elevation change to the finish will have your legs saying “Please Stop!” This challenge will be full of memories in more ways than one!

Meeting Date:     Sunday, October 19, 2014  10:00 am

Price: Early Registration $50 until 7/25/14; Regular Registration $60 until 10/15/14

For more information, or to register, visit