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Starting on the service road adjacent to the start of the Virginia Capital Trail, the course takes a quick left onto the Colonial Parkway towards Jamestown Island, crossing over the causeway. Runners will enjoy views of the James River on their right and Powhatan Creek on their left. Just past the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, the race route takes a right onto the short loop of the Jamestown Island tour roads, with an out-and-back section of the long loop to make the exact 10K distance. The course returns the same route to a finish in front of Billsburg Brewery at the James City County Marina. The course is fast and totally flat, and outside of the causeway, is a wooded, shaded scenic route with wetlands crossings on wooden bridges, unsurpassed in historical beauty. The course will be certified an exact 10K to USATF measurement standards. All runners and walkers must be off the Island by 9 a.m., so the race time limit is one hour, 45 minutes. A one mile fun run will start five minutes after the 10K and will be an out-and-back of the service road parallel to Jamestown Road.
PRE-RACE EVENT: Friday, August 23, 6 p.m.- 8 p.m.: Pick up your race packets & explore the grounds of Historic Jamestowne after hours! Speak to archaeologists about the latest discoveries and enjoy Billsburg Brewery craft beer, and food and refreshments from Carrot Tree Kitchens.
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Inaugural Historic Triangle Triple Crown of Road Races Set for 2019
Yorktown, Williamsburg, Jamestown | Virginia
With the three major historical locations of Williamsburg, Yorktown and Jamestown all on the Virginia Peninsula, runners in 2019 will be able to focus their training and racing on the inaugural Historic Triangle Triple Crown, a series of three races, two 10Ks and one 5K, one in each of those cities, and all connected by the National Park Service’s historic 23-mile-long Colonial Parkway, built between 1930 and 1957, and part of the NPS’s Colonial National Historical Park, which extends from the York River to the James River.
The first race will be the fifth annual Victory at Yorktown 10K Run on Saturday, April 6. The second is the tenth annual Run the DOG Street Challenge 5K Run, finishing on the historic Duke of Gloucester Street in Williamsburg on Saturday, April 20. The third and final is the second annual Democracy Dash 10K Run at Jamestown Island, set for Saturday, August 24.
Starting this year (the 400th anniversary for Jamestown of both democracy and slavery in English America), there will be a special Historic Triangle Triple Crown finisher medallion, along with individual race finisher medals for all three. There will also be special awards to the top three overall men and women, and top three Masters (ages 40-and-over) men and women, for those runners with the fastest combined times from all three races.
Jamestown, the site of the first permanent English settlement in the New World, in 1607, is also the location for the first democratic government in that New World, in 1619. In 1699, the capital of Virginia was moved from Jamestown to Williamsburg, where it remained until the 1780 move to Richmond, during the American Revolutionary War. Yorktown is the site for the surrender of General Cornwallis and the English to George Washington in 1781.
The Victory at Yorktown 10K Run started in 2015. The course goes by the historic Cornwallis Cave, past the Yorktown Victory Monument, onto the Yorktown Battlefield tour roads, and past Surrender Field, with the final 3/4 mile on Water Street along the York River.
The Run the DOG Street Challenge 5K began in 2010, and starts on Prince George Street, goes through the College of William and Mary campus, before a final 1 ½ miles through Colonial Williamsburg streets, past the Governor’s Palace and Capitol Building, and finishing the final half mile up the Duke of Gloucester Street (called by Franklin D. Roosevelt the “most historic avenue in all America”) to the finish line near the Bruton Parish Church.
The Democracy Dash 10K at Jamestown Island starts and finishes at the Billsburg Brewery/James City County Marina, on the Powhatan Creek. The course goes on the Colonial Parkway towards Jamestown Island, crossing over the causeway, with the James River on the right. Just past the Historic Jamestowne Visitor Center, the race route takes the short loop of the Jamestown Island tour roads, with a short out-and-back on the long loop. The course is totally flat, and outside of the causeway, is a wooded, shaded, scenic route with wetlands crossings on wooden bridges, unsurpassed in historical beauty.