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The second annual Dominion Riverrock festival takes place this weekend on Brown’s Island and celebrates everything River!  There will be the requisite music, food, and exhibits, but this festival has some very unique sports features.  The festival is two days and will take the place of Friday Cheers tonight.  Trust me when I tell you, this festival is not for the faint-hearted! 

Riverrock kicks off on Friday with the 5k Filthy Mud Run at Brown’s Island which will continue over the Lee bridge and onto Belle Isle.  This race is similar to the Muddy Buddy race at Pocahontas Park in that there are plenty of obstacles, mud pits, and at one point even a run across the James River.  The race ends in another mud pit back at Browns Island where the festival has already begun!  There will also be live music from Grace Potter & the Nocturnals (after some local opening acts) and a freestyle bike competition.  These bikers will be doing all kinds of crazy tricks and flips on their bikes.  I’m sure there will even be a few wipeouts for all you hard-core fans.  And if watching humans do crazy things isn’t enough, from 6-8pm you can catch the Ultimate Air Dogs jumping, catching, and performing other tricks.   

There is another race on Saturday, the James River 10k Scramble which begins on Brown’s Island at 5pm.  This race takes runners across some of the most scenic river routes including Canal Walk, Manchester bridge, James River Park, Belle Island, and more.  It is definitely not a race for walkers!  The race will finish up back on Brown’s Island, hopefully with enough time left to enjoy some of the festivities.   For all you mountain bikers (and there are plenty here in Richmond) there will also be two Urban Assault mountain bike races (8 mile or 15 mile) starting at 4pm.  And, while we’re covering some favorite Richmond sports, we cannot leave out kayaking.  On Saturday at 4pm there will be a kayaking boatercross race on the James River.  If that wasn’t crazy enough, at 6pm there will be some kayakers doing tricks and flips (yes, in their kayaks) off a ramp.  The ramp will be over by the pedestrian bridge next to Tredegar Iron Works.  The Ultimate Air Dogs are back again on Saturday as well from 3-8pm.  There will also be live music from 4-9pm at which time Saturday’s headliner, Robert Randolph and the Family Band will take the stage.  You can get the full music lineup for both days here.  All live music concerts are free!

If all this extreme sport activity is not for you, there is also a more civil photography contest sponsored by the Richmond Times Dispatch.  All levels, beginner to pro, can enter.  Just take pictures of something or everything during the 2-day festival, turn it in, and see if you win one of the cash prizes!  Details of the contest are available here.

If you do like sports and want to get in on the adventure but not risk your life, than perhaps the Interactive Village is for you.  In this area, you can participate in plenty of activities including raft rides on the James River, kayaking in the canal, and more.  There are supposed to be activities for all ages here. 

The festival runs from 4-7:40 (when the main concert starts) on Friday and from 1-9pm (when the main concert starts) on Saturday.  All events and concerts are free to onlookers, put there are fees for participants.  In addition to all the fun, there is a purpose behind the festival as well.  All proceeds from Dominion Riverrock go to support the James River Fund, which provides grants to organizations working to enhance recreational use of the public parks along the James River by improving river access, cleaning up, constructing and maintaining trails.  This looks to be a family friendly activity, and all for a good cause!

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