West Virginia paddling events are sponsored throughout most of the state where rafting, kayaking, and stand-up paddleboarding are popular. Please let us know if you know of an event that should be added.
2019 West Virginia Paddling Events
Greenbrier River Race
April 27: Marlinton, West Virginia
An annual triathlon that promotes the 78-mile Greenbrier River Trail, the race consists of a 3.1-mile run, a four-mile paddle, and 10-mile bike route.
Great Buffalo Kayak and Canoe Race
May 4: Mannington, West Virginia
Kayaks and canoes race eight miles downstream on Buffalo Creek from Mannington to Farmington in this fun run being hosted annually since 1966.
Active SWV Family Triathlon
June 8: Summersville, West Virginia
Focused on beginners and families, this triathlon on Summersville Lake includes a 1.2-mile run, a two-mile bike ride, and a one-mile paddle.
Harpers Ferry Outdoor Festival
June date TBA: Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
Event description: Race Information – Friday evening Attainment Race and Doah Cup Raft Race. Saturday 3.4 trail foot race and Downriver Race.
Tour de Coal River
June 15: Saint Albans, West Virginia
An annual 11-mile float trip from Meadowood Park at Tornado to Saint Albans raises funds for river restoration and Coal River education activities.
Captain Thurmond’s Triathlon
August 3: Fayetteville, West Virginia
An extreme triathlon, this courses over 28.5 miles and includes mountain biking, whitewater paddling, and trail running in the New River Gorge.
Grafton Adventure Fest
August TBA: Grafton, West Virginia
On the Tygart River, biking, running, and kayaking anchor stand-up paddleboard races, a bass fishing tournament, a climbing wall competition, and off-road adventure.
Kanawha River Falls Festival
September 19: Glen Ferris, West Virginia
A whitewater kayak race, a freestyle kayak competition, and a photography competition highlight this celebration of the falls of the Kanawha River.
Capital City Challenge
Date TBA: Charleston, West Virginia
Hosted in West Virginia’s scenic capital city, this triathlon incorporates a 4.2-mile run, a 16.8-mile bike ride, and a 2.2-mile row on the Kanawha River.
September 13-15: Parkersburg, West Virginia
Kayaks, canoes, and stand-up paddleboards are welcome during this three-day celebration where the Little Kanawha River joins the Ohio.