Weekend forecast threatens to wash out Dominion Riverrock Festival

RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – One of the nation’s biggest outdoor sports festivals kicks off in Richmond this weekend, but much of Dominion River Rock could be washed out.

The Richmond Sportsbackers announced major changes to the event’s schedule and courses on Friday while also reassuring everyone that the event will go on, no matter how much rain falls.

“I try to ride here on the trails as much as I can,” J.R. Noble told 8News. He’s an amateur cyclist with plans to watch the pros this weekend if the rain holds off. With heavy downpours in the weekend forecast, as much as two inches of rain could fall in the area.

“If it rains out Saturday, I probably will not make it down here,” Noble said.

Organizers are changing courses to protect trails in the James River Park System and moving up several events to get ahead of the rain.

“We plan events all year round, but the weather is the one thing we can’t control,” said Pete Woody with Richmond Sportsbackers.

But for events like kayaking and paddle boarding, rising water levels could bring a surge of excitement.

“We’d love to have the rain,” said Bryan Smith, owner of Black Dog Paddle in Richmond. “The water really helps our event- it actually makes it a lot better. We want to have some depth so we can make the turn around the buoys on the water.”

Regardless of how much rain the weekend brings, organizers say they are ready.

“We’re glad we can keep these events on schedule with course reroutes. I think people will still be able to come out and have fun,” Woody told 8News.

Meanwhile, Noble and others are still deciding on weekend plans.

“I’ll just watch the weather and see what happens,” he said.

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