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The Creation of the AnVillage

The AnVillage term was penned by Maria Simone following the March 2016 Double ANVIL.

The Anvillage!!!

It would be a mistake to think of a Double Anvil as simply twice an Ironman. While the numbers do add up that way, the experience is so much more than just those numbers.

Representative of these differences is the very language used to described the center of the race. An Ironman has a transition area. The Double Anvil has a village. That’s more than just a semantic difference.

Within the confines of that Anvil village–what I’m going to call the Anvillage–lies the key to what makes this event so special: a sense of community that comes from pushing the edges of our comfort zones, sharing the belief that limits are for other people, and finding our strength not only as individuals–but also as a community of people seeking the extraordinary.

While I raced as a solo racer, this effort was hardly an individual effort for me – or for any of my fellow racers. It is not possible to cross the finish line of a race of this magnitude without the support of the Anvillage. The respect and support of the racers, their crews, and the race staff is like no other race I’ve ever done.

Not. Even. Close.

The commiseration or commendation of your fellow comrades-in-laps can lift you out of a hole or help you ride the high to the finish line. There were times when I was convinced that to go another lap would be a seemingly impossible, Herculean effort. But, then, a fellow racer or their crew would cheer me on, give me words of encouragement, and I was fueled and renewed by the knowledge that if I believed it – I would achieve it.

We may have started as individuals, but in passing through the Anvillage lap after lap after lap–and yeah, another lap–we crossed the line into family.

To read her complete race report, click here for the document



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December 2013 Poem

The following poem was penned by Sarah Speicher, who completed the October 2013 Virginia Double ANVIL. She's a poet and we didn't know it.


Twisting and turning all through the night
Heart beat pounding through the invasive fright
Rising to eat hours before daylight
Foam rolling and stretching to avoid the dreaded tight

To read the rest, click here for the document



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Consider Helping Race Staff out or be a Support Crew for a racer

Are you thinking of tackling the Double or Triple ANVIL Triathlon. Have you upped your training which should consist of some overnight training and sleep deprivation. What else might be invovled in a successful finish for you? Think about coming out and helping either the race management OR crew for an athlete. Not all athletes can bring their own support crew, usually it's a money issue with having to travel a long distance.

But either way - you will see how the race unfolds, what atheltes are doing right, do wrong. Will answer some of your questions and make you think of other things you hadn't thought of. Email Steve Kirby at for more information and to be added to the list.




Information for the Virginia Double, Triple, and Quintuple ANVIL


Time till race start

Click here for the Double and Triple Solo Application (Updated eff 20 June 2016)

Click here for the Quintuple Solo Application (Updated eff 04 July 2016)

Click here for the Double and Triple Team Application (Updated eff 8 September 2016)

Click here for the Medical Release Form (Updated eff 20 June 2016)

Click here for the Weekend Schedule (Not Updated eff 10 January 2016)


Quintuple (both formats) ANVIL Checkin is Sunday afternooon, 9 October 2016

Quintuple (both formats) ANVIL Race Start is 7:00 a.m. Mondayday, 10 October 2016

Quintuple 1x5 ANVIL race Start daily 0700 remaining days 11-14 October 2016

Triple ANVIL Checkin is Wednesday afternooon, 12 October 2016

Triple ANVIL Race Start is 7:00 a.m. Thursday, 13 October 2016

Double ANVIL Checkin is Thursday afternooon, 13 October 2016

Double ANVIL Race Start is 7:00 a.m. Friday, 14 October 2016

Double, Triple, Continuous Quintuple Race Finish by 7:00 p.m. Saturday, 15 October 2016

Quintuple 1x5 Race Finish 7:00 a.m. Saturday, 15 October 2016

Awards Ceremony/Lunch is Sunday 11:00ish, 16 October 2016

Quintuple Start 10 Oct

Dawn Breaks: 5:48 a.m.    Sunrise: 7:15 a.m.    Sunset: 6:38 p.m.    Dark Descends: 8:05 p.m.

Moon Phase Brightness: 65%    Moon Rises: 3:16 p.m.    Moon Sets: 1:00 a.m.

Triple Start 13 Oct

Dawn Breaks: 5:50 a.m.    Sunrise: 7:18 a.m.    Sunset: 6:34 p.m.    Dark Descends: 8:01 p.m.

Moon Phase Brightness: 91%    Moon Rises: 5:16 p.m.    Moon Sets: 4:09 a.m.

Double Start 14 Oct

Dawn Breaks: 5:51 a.m.    Sunrise: 7:19 a.m.    Sunset: 6:32 p.m.    Dark Descends: 8:00 p.m.

Moon Phase Brightness: 97%    Moon Rises: 5:54 p.m.    Moon Sets: 5:17 a.m.


Check in and race will be at Lake Anna State Park. Awards Ceremony/Lunch will be at Lake Anna Winery.

Cost for this crazy fun!

Please see race application for Price Increase Dates and Application Deadlines!

Solo Double: $695.00

Solo Triple: $865.00

Solo Quintuple: $1285.00

Team Double: 2 Pers$770.00/3 Pers $870.00

Team Triple: 2 Pers $940.00/3 Pers $1040.00

The Double and Triple ANVIL race is sanctioned by both USAT (United States Triathlon Association) and IUTA (International Ultra Triathlon Association). You must have a yearly membership license with USAT or purchase a one day license for $12.00, available at race checkin. The IUTA Fee has been merged into the race fee already, there is no longer a yearly or one day race fee, team members do not need a IUTA license. The Quintuple ANVIL is only sanctioned by USAT.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: Up until Application Deadline you can either put your monies towards next years race OR get a refund minus $50.00. After the Application Deadline you can put your monies towards next year's race and have $75.00 deducted or get your monies refunded minus a $100.00 fee.

Reservation Fee: We will no longer reserve a spot for you without an application and down payment. To reserve a spot, send in the application and $250.00, the final payments will still have to be made by the payment cutoff dates stated on the application form. Any refunds will fall under the Cancellation/Refund Policy.

Payment: You can either send a check/Money Order (U.S. Dollars) made out to Steve Kirby or use PayPal to pay for your entry fee and any other fees associated with the race (Shelter Rental, Support Crew help, food for your support, etc). If you use PayPal, use my email address to send the monies and send me an email telling me you just did it so I can be on the lookout for it. When you have your PayPal page up, click on the "Send Money" tab, put in my email address, the amount and then click on the second Radio Button "I'm sending money to family or friends”. Don’t use “I'm paying for goods or services” as I will be charged a fee. For athletes sending in other forms of payment besides U.S. Funds or PayPal, please check with me first before you do so as there are bank fees associated with other forms of payment. Good luck and let me know if you have a problem.

What you get for entering the race!

For entering you get a Race Bag at check-in to include Quality Heavyweight Race T-Shirt, Trailrunner Mag, and other goodies; HammerGel, Heed Drink, and E-Caps nutrition product; Pre-Race Pasta Dinner; one 30 minute massage by our massage staff; Awards Luncheon and Ceremony with open wine bar (you must be 21 years of age to drink); and other items. For finishing the race you get a Placement or Finishers Medallion, IUTA Finishers Medallion for Double ANVIL athletes, and a high quality long sleeve technical shirt with race logo and 2014 Finisher on left breast. For the Double and Triple ANVIL athletes finishing First, Second or Third Place ~ a embroidered jacket or backpack; and (always enuf men but need at least 6 women racing) a free entry for First Place men and women, 50 percent off for Second place and 33% off for Third Place.
Above items are subject to change. For the women, we get your shirt in a woman's cut (or at least try to).


Athletes must be at least 21 years of age and have completed a Single ANVIL/Ironman/Full distance triathlon or other significant accomplishements. Recommended to have ultra distance swims, bikes and runs as well. The Quintuple ANVIL athletes must have completed a Double ANVIL triathlon OR some other significant accomplishment lasting upwards of 45 plus hours.

Time Limits

Athletes have 36 hours to complete the Double ANVIL, 60 hours for the Triple ANVIL and 132 hours for the Continuous Quintuple and 24 hours for the 1x5 Quintuple ~ you must be ready to start the swim section the next morning. Once the race starts, the clock keeps ticking, even if you take a couple hours nap. This race is formatted the same as any other triathlon with you completing the 4.8/7.2 mile swim first, then complete the 224/336 mile bike course and finish with the 52.4/78.6 mile run course. The race starts 7:00 a.m. Monday for the Quintuple ANVIL; 7:00 a.m. Thursday for the Triple ANVIL and 7:00 a.m. Friday for the Double ANVIL and you have until 7:00 p.m. Saturday to officially finish the Double, Triple, or Quintuple ANVIL race (1x5 Quintuple athletes must finish Day 5 by 0700 Saturday morning). Awards Lunch/Ceremony starts late Sunday morning.


There are Cabins at the lake that go about $110-$120.00 a night and sleep 6 (one bedroom with a Queen bed, one bedroom with twin beds and pull out Queen Sofa in the Great Room. The cabins have a kitchen with refrigerator, stove, microwave, bathroom, fireplace, a/c and heat, back porch; the beds comes with sheets, blankets, pillow. There are 10 of these and some have a water view, Cabin 10 is designated as a Handicap Cabin.

There are Camp Cabins that are a one room wooden structure that has 2 sets of twin beds and a table with 4 chairs. There is a picnic table outside and 2 rocking chairs on the front porch. The cabin has electricty but there is no kitchen, no refrigerator or bathroom. You use the bathhouse down the street, about a minute walk. These go for about 50.00 a night. You must also bring your own sheets, pillow, blanket as they are not supplied. For those flying in and not able to bring your own, I have a supply of them for rent at 10.00 per person for the race.

There are also campsites for tents and RV sites with hookups. I am not sure on the price of these, they vary. But for all the above, you can either call 1 (800) 933-7275 x5 for reservations or use this website to reserve a spot ~ Lake Anna State Park

For accommodations outside the park, click on the Word Document that shows some of the hotels within a few miles of the park and ones in Fredericksburg Click here for the Word Document


The swim is the lake at Lake Anna State Park. Most everyone will wear a wetsuit, but once every couple years we will have a hardy individual do the whole swim without wearing a wetsuit.
Click here for the USAT Website rules and Frequently Asked Questions on wetsuits. Basically, as long as your wetsuit is not more than 5mm thick, it can be used.
Click here for the USAT Website list of approved Skinsuits and Speedsuits.

Course Map

Click here for an overview of the Park/Course.

Click here for an overview of the Lake Cafe area.

Click here for a large overview of the Lake Cafe.

Click here for an overview of the Swim course.

Click here for an overview of the Bike course.

Click here for an overview of the Run course.

Click here for an overview of the AnVillage.

Click here for an overview of the Support Crew area.

Click here for an overview of the Cabin Loop.

Click here for the pdf showing all the maps.