Innaugural Ashley River Adventure Race happens March 2nd

Dorchester County News

Summerville, SC – Friends of Dorchester County Parks and Dorchester County Parks and Recreation is ecstatic to announce the only event of its kind in the Tri-County region – the Ashley River Adventure Race presented by Jay Byars and the Equity Prime Mortgage Team. On March 2nd, adventurers from around the Southeast will descend on Summerville for the biathlon, which will feature a 5K trail run at the future Ashley River Park site, an 8.5-mile downriver paddle and a post-race party and awards ceremony at the Inn at Middleton Place.

Proceeds will benefit Friends of Dorchester County Parks, a local 501 (c) (3) organization dedicated to improving quality of life in our community by supporting countywide efforts to enhance diverse public park and recreation opportunities.

Dorchester County Councilman and Parks and Recreation Commission Chairman Jay Byars states, “This race has been a dream of mine since we acquired the Ashley River Park property several years ago.  I am excited for residents and visitors alike to experience this amazing piece of property and the unique Ashley River Blue Trail.  This is a race that will challenge the ultra-competitive athlete yet also allow a father and daughter or mother and son to race together and create memories that will last a lifetime.  Furthermore, we are grateful to the Inn at Middleton Place for opening their breathtaking grounds to us and hosting the post-race party.

Options to participate in the day’s event are diverse.  Racers can participate individually, as a relay team where one runs and the other paddles, tandem where both run and paddle together, and racers can paddle either kayak or stand up paddleboards.  Those looking for a more leisurely experience on the Ashley Scenic River can bring the family and paddle 5 miles from Jessen Landing to the Inn at Middleton as part of the Family Fun Float.

All race and float registrations include entry to the post-race party, and tickets for the party only are available as well.  The party will feature live music, BBQ, local craft beer, wine, lawn games and a race awards ceremony.

Complete event information, including a link to view and purchase tickets, is available at

The trail run will feature a sneak peek of the future Ashley River Park property traversing woods roads, open meadows, hiking trails and boardwalks. The paddle will wind downstream with the outgoing tide and transition from heavily wooded floodplain forest to wide open marsh in the Plantation District. 

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