St. Mary’s Kayathlon

In addition to the information below, the FAQ section may also help to answer some of the most common questions we receive.

DATE – August 5th, 2018 – 8:00 AM Duathlon Start at Harris Riverfront Park, Huntington, WV (Ohio River Mile 308.1); Kayathlon Start at Guyandotte boat ramp, Huntington, WV (Ohio River Mile 305.0).

PACKET PICK UP- will occur on Saturday, August 4th, at the ST. MARY’S CONFERENCE CENTER, 2825 5th Avenue from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM. (See event details for more information)

There is no packet pickup on race day.

There are 2 races being held:  a kayathlon and a duathlon.

The kayathlon has a 2.9 mile kayak, 15 mile bike and 5k  run.  Team Kayathlon may be done as 3 athlete team.  The duathlon has the 5k run instead of the kayak segment.

All races start at 8:00 AM and all race are chip timed (see event details for more information on start times)

There will be tech t-shirts and a gift for all participants.   


Kayak Course is 2.9 miles (downstream direction) Ohio River Mile 305.1 to Ohio River Mile 308.0.


Leaving Harris Riverfront Park turn right and go down to 12th St. West and turn left and go south to 5th Avenue and then turn left which is east.  Stay in the left lane.  Go east to 24th Street and then turn left (north) then turn left at 3rd Avenue and go west.   You will stay in the north (closest to the river) lane until you return to Harris Riverfront Park. Riders completing their first loop will be instructed to remain in the left lane of Veterans (Virginia) Avenue until you reach 8th Street.  This is to avoid merging bicycle traffic and runners from the transition point.    The course is 2 loops of 7.5 miles each for a total of 15 miles.  For the fastest athletes it will be possible that slower athletes will merge in to you as they emerge from the park.  Be careful.  After the second loop return to the transition point in Harris Riverfront Park to complete bike leg.   Dismount at the dismount line!   Someone will be there to tell you this.  There is no riding in the transition area.


For the duathlon, there are 2 different 5k courses. The first 5k course is from the Harris Riverfront Park to Ducky’s and back. The second 5k course is out of Harris Riverfront Park and to the 6th Street Bridge, up the ramp and across the bridge to Chesapeake and back.

For the kayathlon and the duathlon the course is simply to head west leaving the park .   Go west for 1.2 miles approximately and turn back around at first street.   You will re-enter the park and head west and make a loop in the park and ultimately head along the river to the finish which will be very close to the boat ramp where it all started.


The awards will be unique this year. Age groups are for male and female are as follows: 18-21, 22-25, 26-30, 31-35, 36-40, 41-45, 46-50, 51-55, 56-60, 61-70 and 71 and older in the kayathlon and duathlon.   Team Kayathlon awards are for first female, male and mixed teams.  Athletes must be present or have made arrangements to have their award picked up for them.  We will not be responsible for awards after the conclusion of the St. Mary’s Kayathlon/Duathlon. 

Registration for St. Mary’s employees  is  best done on line this year – use coupon for discount.   Make sure you bring a St. Mary’s ID at packet pickup since this is how you take advantage of the reduced entry fees.

TRAVEL INFORMATION:   The kayathlon starts at Guyandotte boat ramp (OHio River Mile 305.0) and finishes at Harris Riverfront Park in downtown Huntington along the Ohio River.  The Duathlon starts and finishes at Harris River Front Park (Ohio River Mile 308.1). There is parking near transition and a public parking garage across the street from Harris River Front Park. Please note exit from parking near transition may be restricted at times for runner and cyclists safety.