Each year the NPCW hosts two triathlons and, starting with 2017, NPCW has taken over management of the annual Space Race Rumpus!

The Space Race Rumpus takes place the second full weekend in June every year in Pocahontas County, WV, which has some of the most scenic roads and trails in the mid-Atlantic. The rides and races explore both the Green Bank Observatory’s unique property and the surrounding area.  In addition to being huge fun for the whole family, the Rumpus is a significant fund raiser for the NPCW.  Information on the Rumpus is online at

The NPCW also organizes two triathlons each summer, designed to encourage both new and veteran triathlon racers.   Each event is three races in one – a Mini, Sprint, and Sprint Plus.  The Mini is 4 laps swim, 5k bike, and a 2.5k run; the Half-Sprint is 8 laps swim, 10k bike, 5k run; and the Sprint is 16 laps (1.5k) swim, 20k bike, 10k run.  The event is open to all ages!  To aid in training for the events, the NPCW also sponsors the Green Bank Turtles, a swim club for exercise and training.  Information is online at