Rochester River Challenge Duathlon & Paddle Triathlon

Date: May 26, 2019

Length: Duathlon & Paddle Triathlon

Start Time: 7:30am

Location: Genesee Waterways Center (map)

2019 Participants:
Click Here for IMPORTANT Duathlon/Triathlon Information for Race Day 

Rochester River Challenge Duathlon & Paddle Triathlon

The Rochester River Challenge, incorporates a Duathlon & Paddle Triathlon at Genesee Waterways Center on Elmwood Avenue. Participants start with a 5K run in Genesee Valley Park, where they eventually cross both the Genesee River and the Erie Canal. After the 5K, they will bike for a 20 mile road course that will take them south of the City into the town of Scottsville, passing the Rochester Institute of Technology and the Greater Rochester International Airport.  After returning to Genesee Valley Park, participants will run a final 5K run through the park or paddle their way up the Genesee River by canoe, kayak or paddle board, passing the historic Ford Street Bridge.

You can participate as a Solo or on a Team:

Duathlon - Solo
  • 5K Run/20 Mile Bike/5K Run
Triathlon (Kayak or StandUp Paddle Board) - Solo
  • 5K Run/20 Mile Bike/3 mile KAYAK or STANDUP PADDLE BOARD Paddle
  • There is no solo canoe division - kayak & paddle board only. There is a team canoe division though.
  • You can use your own kayak or canoe or rentals are available through the Genesee Waterways (more information on boat rentals below)
  • USCG approved lifejackets required for the paddle portion
  • Please keep in mind that river conditions cannot be controlled, and in a situation where it is unsafe, the Tri will become a Du
Duathlon Team Info
  • One Runner and One Biker
Triathlon/Kayak Team Info
  • One Runner, One Biker, One Kayaker
  • You can have 2 to 3 Team members
Triathlon/Canoe Team Info
  • One Runner, One Biker, Two Canoeists
  • You can have 2 to 4 team members 
**Boat Rental & StandUp Paddle Board Rental Information is below under the "Course" Information.

  • Gender Specific Technical Tank TopAll participants, registered by April 15, 2019, will receive a gender-specific, technical tank top in their requested size. Starting April 16th, sizing will be first come based on when you come to the Expo to pick up your packet. (see pic below)
  • Custom Bibs:  Participants who are registered by April 15, 2019 will get their first name pre-printed on a custom bib.
  • Finishers Medal:  Finishers Medal will be awarded to all finishers as they cross the finish line. (see pic below)
  • Post Race Food: Participants will have access to post-race food after they finish.
The Finisher Medal           The Technical Tank Top (gender specific)
Important Information:
  • Important USAT Information for Du or Tri Participants:  All participants of the River Challenge Duathlon or Paddle Triathlon must be either a member of USAT or purchase a one day membership for $15.00.
  • MUST READ INFORMATION:  Click Here for IMPORTANT Duathlon/Triathlon Information for Race Day

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers needed for race day in various roles.  For more information or to sign-up to volunteer click here!

Registration/Packet Pickup

SOLO - Duathlon or Triathlon (Kayak or StandUp Paddle Board)
  Through Feb 28, 2019       Mar 1, 2019 - Apr 30, 2019     May 1, 2019 - May 25, 2019  
$85 $90 $95
TEAMS - Duathlon
  Through Feb 28, 2019      Mar 1, 2019 - Apr 30, 2019     May 1, 2019 - May 25, 2019   
$95 $105 $110
TEAMS - Triathlon (Kayak)
 Through Feb 28, 2019       Mar 1, 2019 - Apr 30, 2019      May 1, 2019 - May 25, 2019  
$130 $140 $145
TEAMS - Triathlon (Canoe)
  Through Feb 28, 2019       Mar 1, 2019 - Apr 30, 201 9     May 1, 2019 - May 25, 2019  
$130 $140 $145

There are NO PROCESSING FEES when registering online for YellowJacket Racing events! All entries are non-transferable and non-deferrable, no exceptions.

Packet Pick-Up

**You must bring photo ID and/or USAT Card to get your packet. We cannot allow participants to race without these document(s) due to insurance requirements.  For this reason, only the participant can pick up their packet. This applies to teams as well. When picking up your packet, a tyvek bracelet will be put on your wrist. This bracelet must be worn through race day. NO EXCEPTIONS!  

Packet Pick-Up will be held at Fleet Feet @ The Armory (155 Culver Road, Rochester, NY 14620) on Saturday, May 25th from 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Boat/Paddleboard Drop-Off

You have the option to drop your boat/Paddleboard off the night before (Saturday, May 25th) between 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm to Genesee Waterways Center. We HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you consider this option. Race morning is always very chaotic at boat drop off and doing it the night before will alleviate unneeded stress race morning. There will be overnight security so your boat will be safe. When dropping off your boat, drive into the main entrance to Genesee Waterways Center (149 Elmwood Avenue) and continue straight back to the circle and there will be volunteers there to assist you. If you choose this option, you must go to Packet Pick-Up FIRST to get your packet before dropping off your boat. You need to have your boat # label to affix to your boat before dropping it off.
If you decide to drop your boat/paddleboard off on race morning, you have to do it by 7:00 am sharp. At that time, only your boat can be dropped off (no other items). Have a sense of urgency during this process. Quickly drop your boat off, and you will then have to immediately move your car and park at the U of R lot. Once you park at the U of R lot, you can then bring your bike and belongings to transition. All boats must be dropped off by 7:00 am. The entrance to GWC CLOSES to vehicles at 7:00 am, and there will be no exceptions. 


Note: Awards can not be mailed.

Duathlon Solo:  Overall: Top Male and Female.  And Age Groups: Top 3 in 5 year Age Groups: 19 Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70UP.

Triathlon (Kayak) Solo:  Overall: Top Male and Female.  And Age Groups: Top 3 in 5 year Age Groups: 19 Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70UP

Triathlon (StandUp Paddle Board) Solo:  Overall: Top Male and Female.  And Age Groups: Top 3 in 5 year Age Groups: 19 Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70UP

Duathlon Team:  Top 3 Teams

Triathlon Kayak Team:  Top 3 Teams

Triathlon Canoe Team:  Top 3 Teams

Claiming Your Award:  There will be an awards ceremony announcing the Overall & Age Group Awards at 10:30 am.  Awards will only be available on race day until 11:00 am.  Awards will also be available for pick-up after the race at Fleet Feet Sports @ The Armory between May 29th - June 12th.  Awards will not be mailed.

Race Day Schedule



Genesee Waterways Center, 149 Elmwood Ave, Rochester, NY 14611


6:00 AM – 7:15 AM:  Packet Pickup (NO DAY OF Registration)

6:00 AM:   Bike/Boat Transition Opens

7:00 AM:  Boat Drop-off Closes

7:30 AM:  Race Starts (in waves)

10:00 AM:  Bike Course/Transition Exit closes; any participant not completed with the bike and on the run by 10am won’t be able to continue


Course Maps:

Rentals - Boat or StandUp Paddle Board 

*If you plan to rent a boat or paddle board, we encourage you to do it soon since there are limited quantities available for rental

Kayak/Canoe Rentals are available from Genesee Waterways Center:  

StandUp Paddle Board Rentals are available through Lock 32 Whitewater Park:

  • For standup paddle board  rental information, Click Here


The Genesee Waterways Center is located in Genesee Valley Park near the City ice rink/outdoor pool. 

From the South
Get off at the Scottsville Road (NYS Rt. 383) exit which is on the southwest side of Monroe County. Travel north on Scottsville Road for about 2/3 mile and then bear right onto Elmwood Ave. Proceed ¼ mile on Elmwood Ave and turn right into Genesee Valley Park by the City ice arena/pool. Go another 400 feet until you see the GWC facilities (tan and green buildlings) and park in the designated areas.

From the East
Take 490 Westbound to 590 South. Get off the Elmwood Avenue Exit. Turn Right onto Elmwood. Stay on Elmwood about 3 miles. Its past Strong Hospital and U or R Campus

From the West
Take 490 Eastbound. Get off the Goodman Street Exit. Turn Right onto Goodman. Take Goodman to Elmwood Avenue. Turn Right onto Elmwood. Its past Strong Hospital and U or R Campus


There is NO participant/spectator parking at the Genesee Waterways Center or across the street from the GWC.  All River Challenge Parking is in the Intercampus Parking Lot at the University of Rochester. 

Intercampus Parking Lot: from Elmwood Avenue turn onto Wilson Blvd, turn right onto Trustee Road, then turn right onto Intercampus Road (there is no sign, but you can only go left or right - go right)

To get to transition - you will walk your bike to transition.  If you ride your bike there - YOU MUST WEAR a HELMET.  We can disqualify you on the spot for not wearing one when riding (whether before, during or after the event).  You'll exit the side part of the lot towards Moore Road.  Head to Elmwood Road.  Cross the bridge and into the Genesee Waterways Center.