New River Gorge Trail Festival

Fri June 17 - Sat June 18 Fayetteville, WV 25840 US Directions
Events
Experience America's Newest National Park!

New River Gorge 50k

06/18 6:30AM EDT - 4:30PM EDT Your registration includes a 100% polyester official race shirt, beautifully designed finisher medal, premium drawstring bag, free professional race photography, and refreshments upon finishing!
Experience America's Newest National Park!

New River Gorge Half Marathon

06/18 7:00AM EDT - 1:30PM EDT Your registration includes a 100% polyester official race shirt, beautifully designed finisher medal, premium drawstring bag, free professional race photography, and refreshments upon finishing!
Open to ages 14+.
Run Under the Bridge!

New River Gorge 5k

06/17 7:00PM EDT - 8:30PM EDT Your registration includes a 100% polyester official race shirt, beautifully designed finisher medal, premium drawstring bag, free professional race photography, and refreshments upon finishing!
Open to ages 8+.
Double The Sights!

Bridge Double (5k & Half)

06/17 - 06/18 7:00PM EDT - 1:30PM EDT Your registration includes a 100% polyester official race shirt, beautifully designed finisher medal, premium drawstring bag, free professional race photography, and refreshments upon finishing!
Open to ages 14+.
Along America's Oldest River!

Bridge Double (5k & 50k)

06/17 - 06/18 7:00PM EDT - 4:30PM EDT Your registration includes a 100% polyester official race shirt, beautifully designed finisher medal, premium drawstring bag, free professional race photography, and refreshments upon finishing!
Description

Experience America's Newest National Park

Experience New River Gorge National Park through this one-of-a-kind event! Starting at the Charlie McCoy Town Park in Fayetteville, West Virginia, this challenging trail race goes into the National Park, through the forest, and loops back to the start, offering views of the river hundreds of feet below. With significant elevation gain, each race offers a difficult yet scenic course.  The New River Gorge National Park offers a wide variety of activities and sites to see post-race as well!

 

"The course is well marked so you can't get lost!" - 2021 Participant

 

50k Course Description

New this year, the New River Gorge 50k! Travelling the same course as the Half Marathon, the 50k also has a scenic out and back along the rim of the gorge. With nearly 6,000 ft. of elevation gain and loss on single track trails, the 50k is a course that will push you...but the views will be worth it. The rhododendron tunnels, high passages along the rim, breathtaking vistas, and historic forests perfectly represent West Virginia as Wild and Wonderful!

Half Marathon Course Description

Explore the National Park Trail System with this challenging yet scenic course. The trail surface consists primarily of dirt and gravel. Take in stunning views of the New River Gorge Bridge on Dalton Trail and gaze at the gorge below while running over Kaymoor Top! 

5K Course Description

Run under the longest single span arch bridge in the western hemisphere on this challenging 5k trail! This dirt single-track course has 500ft of elevation gain. 

 

"It feels like you're in a rainforest!" - 2021 Participant

 

Race Swag

All participants will receive:

  • Short Sleeve Performance Shirt
  • Beautifully Designed Finisher Medal
  • Refreshment Packages
  • Custom Race Bib with Your Name
  • Free Professional On Course Photography

Awards

Awards will be given to the Top 3 Overall Male and Female Open & Masters Finishers as well as the top 3 male and female finishers in the following age groups: 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. There will be no in-person award ceremony. All awards will be mailed. A virtual awards ceremony will be posted on YouTube in the week following the event.

All finishers of the Bridge Double will receive a custom crafted Bridge Double medal.

Window Start

All 50k participants will have the option to start their race at any point from 6:30 am to 7:00 am. Half Marathon participants will have from 7:30 am to 8:00 am and all 5k participants will have from 7:00 pm to 7:10 pm. The start will be chip timed so there is no penalty to starting later. All results will be based on net (chip) time. 

Restrooms and Aid Stations

  • Portable restrooms will be placed at start/finish area and Kaymoor Top. See course maps below for more detail.
  • Aid stations will be equipped with first aid kits, water, Hammer Nutrition's HEED Sports Drink, cookies, bananas, granola bars, candy, etc. A more detailed list of exactly what foods will be at each aid station will be released in an email closer to the race date. Aid station locations are listed on the race maps below in the Course Details section.

Packet Pick Up

  • 4:30-8:30 PM on Friday, June 17th at Fayetteville Town Park
  • 5:30-8:00 AM on Saturday, June 18th at Fayetteville Town Park
Referral Refunds

Refer 4 Friends and Receive a Refund for your Entire Entry Fee!

After registering for this event, you will receive a unique referral link that you can share with your friends. If one of your friends registers for this event through your unique link, you will be credited with a referral. If you reach a total of 4 referrals, you will be refunded your entire entry fee! In order for a registration to count as a referral, it must be a separate transaction from your original registration. If a family of 4 people sign up together at the same time in a single transaction, that will not qualify for a refund. The unique link must be used. 

Course Information

New River Gorge 50k Course Map

Click Here for an Interactive 50k Map

For course directions, click on the above map and go to the menu.  Select directions and view the turn by turn directions

Elevation - The 50k has 5859 ft. of elevation gain and loss which is 189 ft. per mile.

50k Aid Stations

Aid stations will have water, snacks, Hammer Nutrition HEED Sports Drink, and first aid kits.  Aid stations are listed below and on the map.

  • Kaymoor Top - Miles 2.5 and 28.3 (has portable restrooms)
  • Craig Branch - Miles 8.2 and 26.1
  • Cunard - Miles 14.1 and 20.2
  • Brooklyn Mine - Mile 17.1

New River Gorge Half Marathon Map

Click Here for an Interactive Half Marathon Map

For course directions, click on the above map and go to the menu.  Select directions and view the turn by turn directions

Elevation - The Half Marathon has 1578 ft. of elevation gain and loss which is 119 ft. per mile.

Half Marathon Aid Stations

Aid stations will have water, snacks, Hammer Nutrition HEED Sports Drink, and first aid kits.  Aid stations are listed below and on the map.

  • Kaymoor Top - Miles 2.5 and 10.5 (has portable restrooms)
  • Craig Branch - Mile 8.2

New River Gorge 5k Map

Click Here for an Interactive 5k Map

The 5k turnaround/aid station is located at mile 1.5.  The aid station will have water, snacks, Hammer Nutrition HEED Sports Drink, and first aid kits. 

Elevation - The 5k has 498 ft. of elevation gain and loss which is 160 ft. per mile.

Travel

Lodging Options (Distance from start/finish area)

Adventures On The Gorge (3.6 Miles)

The Historic Morris Harvey House Bed & Breakfast (0.8 Miles)

Quality Inn New River Gorge (1.8 Miles)

Country River Inn (1.9 Miles)

Comfort Inn New River (3.8 Miles)

 

Flights

Check for flights into these local airports:

Raleigh County Memorial Airport (28 Miles)

Yeager Airport (59 Miles)

Roanoke-Blacksburg Regional Airport (142 Miles)

Pricing

50k

Opening: $85 (February 13)

Early: $100 (February 14 - February 28)

Regular: $125 (March - May 31)

Late: $160 (June 1 - June 16)

 

Half Marathon

Opening: $65 (February 13)

Early: $75 (February 14 - February 28)

Regular: $90 (March - May 31)

Late: $110 (June 1 - June 16)

 

5k

Opening: $30 (February 13)

Early: $40 (February 14 - February 28)

Regular: $50 (March - May 31)

Late: $60 (June 1 - June 16)

 

Bridge Double (5k & Half Marathon)

Opening: $80 (February 13)

Early: $100 (February 14 - February 28)

Regular: $125 (March - May 31)

Late: $150 (June 1 - June 16)

 

Bridge Double (5k & 50k)

Opening: $100 (February 13)

Early: $125 (February 14 - February 28)

Regular: $150 (March - May 31)

Late: $190 (June 1 - June 16)

*Prices May Change at Anytime

FAQs

Should I wear Trail Shoes or Road Shoes?

We would recommend trail shoes if you have them but the course is mostly packed dirt and gravel. There are some rockier sections and the possibility of some mud where it would be nice to wear trail shoes. You can definitely run this course in road shoes as well.

Is there a course time limit?

Yes, participants in the 50k must run under 10 hours.  Participants in the Half Marathon must run under 6 hours.  Participants in the 5k must run under 1.5 hours. 

Is there an awards ceremony?

Not in person.  A virtual awards ceremony will be posted on YouTube in the week following the event.  All awards will be mailed.

Can I walk?

Absolutely, as long as you can finish the race in the given course time limit.

Will there be race day registration?

No.

Are pets allowed?

No. 

Are strollers allowed?

No.

Place
Park Drive
Fayetteville, WV US 25840
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