Hundreds of race enthusiasts spilled into Marlinton Saturday for the 33rd annual Great Greenbrier River Race. Below, Ryan Longenette, of Scott Depot, was joined by his dog for the full event, running and riding along in the kayak and being towed behind Longenette’s bike. Above, cyclists get a last rush of momentum as they enter Marlinton in the final mile of the race. S. Stewart photos

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

In the past 33 years, the Great Greenbrier River Race has attracted hundreds of individuals and groups to participate in its one-of-a-kind triathlon of running, kayaking and biking. Participants return for many different reasons – it’s fun, it’s unique, it’s challenging or maybe just a time to to get together with friends and family.

The race attracts people from all over the country, but it also brings some folks back home to compete and reconnect.

Pocahontas County High School alumni of all ages return to pit themselves against friends or to just have fun in their home county.

Long-time friends and Class of 1984 graduates Tim Helmick and J.D. Winston competed on a team with Helmick’s son and were excited to see old friends and…

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