Virginia might be for lovers, but it’s also for lovers of adrenaline. Proof lies in this weekend’s hosting of the 2nd annual Dominion Riverrock outdoor adventure sports and river life fest in Richmond. Joining the likes of Tao Berman in the boatercross and aerial events are such athletes as pro freeride mountain bikers Jeff Lenosky and Aaron Chase and others of their Red Bull ilk.
Sponsored and produced by Venture Richmond and Sports Backers, run by none other than Jon Lugbill, one of the greatest whitewater canoe slalom racers of all time, sports featured this year include trail running, mountain biking, kayaking, freestyle biking and Ultimate Air Dogs.
This year’s music lineup includes national artists like Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, one of Rolling Stone’s best new acts of 2010, and Robert Randolph & the Family Band, a funk and soul group fronted by well-known pedal steel guitarist Robert Randolph. Local groups include The Congress, Beast Wellington, Antero and Farm Vegas.
Dominion Riverrock will also feature an interactive village open throughout the festival. In this area, festival goers can participate in plenty of activities for all ages including raft rides on the James River, kayaking in the canal, and more.
FRIDAY, MAY 14, 2010:
Adventure Sports Schedule
4 – 6pm: Event registration and athlete check in
4 – 8pm: Vendor booths and interactive village open
6 – 7pm: Filthy 5k Mud Run
6 – 7pm: Freestyle Bikes (Best Trick Qualifying)
6 – 7:30pm: Red Bull Canal Crashers (Qualifying)
6 – 7:30pm: Ultimate Air Dogs (Qualifying)
7 – 8pm: Freestyle Bikes (Best Trick Finals)
7:30 – 8pm: Ultimate Air Dogs (Catch It Finals)
6pm: Free Concert – The Congress
7:40pm: Free Concert – Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
SATURDAY, MAY 15, 2010:
Adventure Sports Schedule
1 – 6pm: Event registration and athlete check-in
3 – 9pm: Vendor booths and interactive village open
3 – 6pm: Ultimate Air Dogs (Qualifying)
4 – 5:30pm: Urban Assault Mountain Bike Race
4 – 6pm: Kayak Boatercross
5 – 6:30pm: James River Scramble 10k Trail Run
6 – 7:30pm: Ultimate Air Dogs (Fetch It Finals)
6:30 – 7:30pm: Freestyle Bikes (Slopestyle Qualifying)
7 – 8pm: Red Bull Canal Crashers (Finals)
7:30 – 8pm: Ultimate Air Dogs (Finals)
7:30 – 8:30pm: Freestyle Bikes (Slopestyle Finals)
4pm: Free Concert – Beast Wellington
5:30pm: Free Concert – Antero
7:30pm: Free Concert – Farm Vegas
9pm: Free Concert – Robert Randolph & the Family Band
ABOUT VENTURE RICHMOND: Venture Richmond engages business and community leaders in partnering with the city to enhance the vitality of the community, particularly downtown, through economic development, marketing, promotion, advocacy and events. Its most noted annual events are Easter on Parade, Friday Cheers, 2nd Street Festival, Richmond Folk Festival and Celebrate Illuminate, all of which are free and combine to host more than 300,000 people. www.venturerichmond.com.
ABOUT SPORTS BACKERS: Sports Backers own, manage or partner with 40 different sporting events in the Richmond region that help drive over $50 million in economic impact. These events and programs strengthen the local economy, provide health benefits to participants and make the region a better place to live. www.sportsbackers.org.