Martinsville, Virginia


Trout N About Race Through the Smith River

The Dan River Basin Association (DRBA) presents the second annual Trout N About 5k race on sections of the Fieldale and Textile Heritage trails, and through the beautiful Smith River in Fieldale, Virginia on Saturday, May 30th at 10am.  All proceeds from the event will support DRBA's environmental education programs, like Trout in the Classroom.

The race is open to the public, all ages, runners and walkers.  Everyone who pre-registers is guaranteed an event T-shirt, goodie bag, and post race snacks.  Early registration is $20 per participant until May 15th, and $25 thereafter and on race day.  Online registration is available, and hard copy registration is available at the DRBA office in the Henry County Administration Building.  Registration on race day and packet pick-up is at 8:45am on race day.  Registration table will be at the Fieldale Access on River Road in Fieldale.

The Fieldale and Textile Heritage Trails are part of the Smith River Trail System maintained and supported by Henry County Parks and Recreation.  The address for the Fieldale Access is located at 3521 S. River Road Fieldale, Virginia. 

The race offers a fun course with some elevation changes going through private property through scenic forest and back down the Fieldale Trail through the Smith River in knee deep water, with a safety rope and volunteers nearby, and finally over the Textile Heritage Trail and back to the access.

After a refreshing run through the Smith River and completing the race, tasty post race snacks will be available with a sweet treat from Uptown Sweets!

New for 2015 is a multi-race opportunity - the DRBA Race Series.  Three events, including the Trout-N-About 5.5K, the Run with the Cows 5K on September 29th in Wentworth, NC and the Apple Dumpling 5K on October 17th in Stuart, VA.  Details can be viewed at Sign up now for a registration discount, prizes, goodie bags, and family fun!

The Dan River Basin Association's mission is to preserve and promote the natural and cultural resources of the Dan River Basin through recreation, stewardship, and education.  DRBA's environmental education programs, like Trout in the Classroom, are spread throughout the basin currently reaching eight counties throughout Virginia and North Carolina. 

Through programs like TIC, DRBA has shared meaningful watershed experiences with thousands of children and families, and hope to reach many more.  These programs are supported by donations from individuals such as Dr. David Jones, a local Orthodontist in Martinsville who founded the TIC program in Virginia in 2005, and through support from foundations like the Harvest Foundation, Reidsville Area Foundation, and the Danville Regional Foundation.

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