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Tour de Coal

Check back soon for info on the 2016 Tour De Coal




Friday 7/10/15, 4:05pm:

The Coal River Group has reviewed the present condition of the river through Friday afternoon. The river is flowing at levels higher than generally considered safe for paddling and continues to rise. A major storm with flash flood warnings has been issued for Friday afternoon through Saturday morning.

The Coal River Group believes the combination of existing high water conditions, along with the potential for even higher water conditions Saturday, creates a serious safety issue for the Tour de Coal.

As a result, the CRG has regretfully decided to cancel the Tour de Coal Saturday. We hope our many supporters understand and appreciate that our primary concern is the safety of our participants.

The Coal River Group will not try to reschedule another Tour de Coal this year. The registration fee is a charitable donation to the CRG’s river restoration programs and is not refundable. We hope to host a free float trip later this fall at a yet to be determined date.

All participants that have pre-registered should come by the CRG River Center Friday evening from 4-7pm or Saturday morning from 8am-12pm to pick up shirts.

Others who wish to purchase Tour de Coal t-shirts may also pick up shirts at the Cabin.

For questions or updates, call the CRG at 304-722-3055.


***TOUR DE COAL Rescheduled- July 11 ***

 The Tour de Coal has been rescheduled due to severe weather on Saturday, June 20. All participants who were pre-registered for the original June 20 event will be honored, so everyone who has already made their $20 donation will be eligible for the next event for no extra charge.


Tour de Coal


 Join us for the 11th Annual TOUR DE COAL!

The Tour de Coal is an annual 11-mile float trip from Tornado to St. Albans sponsored by the Coal River Group.

This event is a fundraiser that helps fund the CRG's river cleanups, restoration, and education activities.


 Friday, July 10, 2015:   Tour de Coal Pre-Registration Party kicks off at 4pm at the CRG River Center! Come out to Meadowood Park to register for the Tour de Coal, pick up your t-shirts, and attend our Beginner's Kayaking Workshop in Pettigrew Lake from 4-6pm. Pre-registration ends at 7:30pm.

Saturday, July 11, 2015:    The TOUR DE COAL begins at 9am in Meadowood Park. Saturday registration opens at 8am. Come to Meadowood Park first to drop off your kayak, and stop by the CRG River Center cabin to check in (unless you came Friday to the earlybird check-in). Then you'll take your vehicle back to Gateway Shopping Center in St. Albans and ride one of our courtesy shuttles back to the start at Meadowood Park.


Early-bird Registration - $20 per person

Registration on July 11 - $25 per person

Additional t-shirts - $15 each


**Please note:The Tour de Coal is a fundraising event. Your registration fee is a charitable donation to the Coal River Group and is not refundable.



There are several ways you can register for the Tour de Coal:

  • Mail in your signed Registration Form and payment for each participant to: Coal River Group, PO Box 363, St. Albans, WV 25177. (Note: We must receive your registration by Thursday, July 9.)
  • Bring your signed Registration Form and payment to the CRG River Center. We are open Wed-Sun from 8:30am to 4pm
  • Come register in person at our Pre-Registration Event at the CRG River Center on Friday, July 10 from 4--7:30pm.
  • Register on Saturday morning (July 11) at the CRG River Center.


 Need a boat? Coal River Kayak has SOLD OUT all rental boats for Tour de Coal.

Call 304-722-3055 to make your reservation.





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