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Shenandoah River Aquablaze Adventure

Marathon and 30K, (18 Miles) & 6 mile Aquablaze Paddle & Run Event
Shenandoah River State Park - Sunday, September 8th, 2024
Rules of Travel
Maps 30K Paddle, RunROT & GPX
Maps Marathon - Paddle, Run, ROTGPX

Have you heard of Aquablazing?  Aquablazing is when Appalachian Trail thru-hikers kayak or canoe a portion of the trail.  Now you can have the chance to experience an Aquablaze along the Shenandoah River with a backdrop of skyline drive!

REV3Endurance is pleased to bring back the Shenandoah River Aquablaze.  This is a fun race that combines running and watercraft as part of your race route (kayaking for soloist/canoeing for 2 person teams). Participants will travel on foot (running or walking) 5 or 13 miles via well marked trail at Shenandoah River State Park. The estimated time to finish is 4-6 hours. We have a great course for you to run, paddle, and navigate your way around in an awesome area along the Shenandoah River and Andy Guest State Park. We’ll host the race out at Downriver Canoe Company in Bentonville, VA.  Parking will be walking distance from the race the event starting line.

​​Race Location

  • Race Packet Pickup/Pre-Race Brief: Downriver Canoe Company at REV3 Trailer

  • Race Start/Finish: Downriver Canoe Company at the REV3Endurance Trailer

  • Sponsored by Virginia State Parks

  • Downriver Canoe Company - 844 Indian Hollow Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610

The start and finish area is located at Downriver Canoe Company at the REV3Endurance Trailer next to Shenandoah River State Park. All racers should show up and check-in at least one hour before their race and attend the pre-race meeting before the race starts.

Race Estimated Distance - Race Map

Short Course 30K -18 Mile Course (13 miles of Paddling and a 5 trail run)

Long Course 26 Miles (13 miles of Paddling and a 13.3 mile trail run)

Registration Fees

Soloist (Run & kayak)

  • $75.00 Short Course/$95.00 Long Course soloists until February 28, 2024

  • $85.00 Short Course/$105.00 for Long Course soloists until July 30, 2024

  • $95.00 Short Course/$115.00 for Long Course soloists until registration closes at September 4, 2024

Two Person Team (Both Racers Run & Paddle a Canoe)

  • $70.00 Short Courses/$90.00 Long Course per team member until February 28, 2024

  • $80.00 Short Courses/$100.00 Long Course per team member until July 30, 2024

  • $90.00 Short Courses/$110.00 Long Course per team member until registration closes at midnight September 4, 2024

(All registration after 14 Days prior to the race are not guaranteed a race shirt!!)

Race Start Location

Downriver Canoe Company - 844 Indian Hollow Rd, Bentonville, VA 22610

Race Schedule of Events

**Early packet pick-up is Saturday, September 7th, 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm at Downriver Canoe Company** 

Race Day Itinerary - Sunday, September 8th, 2024 
7:00 am - 8:00 am: Race packet pickup at Downriver Canoe Company
8:00 am: Pre-race brief
8:30 am: Load Buses for transport to watercraft launch area
9:00 am: Race starts at Compton Rapids
4:00 pm: All Racers off the course
Awards -  (Rolling Awards)

Race Packet Pickup

Packet pickup location will be at Down River Canoe Company It is required that all forms be completely filled out and signed for each racer.  You will get your bib number, race t-shirt and review course map at packet pick-up. Insurance fees of $10.00 for each racer is required at race check-in.  These fees are required at packet pick-up.

Equipment Provided By REV3Endurance

All gear necessary for water portions of the race will be provided. This will include: Watercraft (Kayaks for soloist or canoes for teams), paddles, and PFDs.  Race maps, race passport and Rules of Travel will also be provided by REV3Endurance. 

Mandatory Equipment (Responsibility of each team and\or Racer)

Rev3Endurance will not be checking in mandatory equipment. However, Rev3Endurance MAY randomly check that you have mandatory gear so please have the following mandatory equipment/gear with you to ensure your safety:

  • Enough nutrition and fluid for the event

  • Maps provided by REV3Enduramce will highlight the marked trail route for this race

  • Rules of Travel provided by REV3Endurance

Fun things to do in Warren County

Discover Front Royal, Virginia (Lodging Options)

Shenandoah River State Park has cabins & camping spots as lodging options.
Low Water Bridge Campground is walking distance from the starting line at Down River Canoe Company. 

Post-Race Food

Food will not be served during the award ceremony after the race.  Please bring some beverages and snacks with you. REV3 will be offering sweet and salty snacks and beverages to the racers at the finish line.


Unofficial results will be announced post-race with rolling awards and official results will be posted to our web site 24–48 hours after the event.

2023 Results - Unofficial 30K & Marathon


Awards: Top three in each category


  • Soloist (Male & Female)

  • Two Person Teams (Male, Female & Co-Ed)

links to Mandatory Race Forms

Photos - Link

2023 Photo Link

Race Cancellation

If there is severe weather, the race start may be postponed or the course may be shortened.


Would you like to come out and volunteer for the race?

Send an email to Nick with your time options and we’ll find something to get you involved at the race.

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