New River Gorge Half Marathon

Fri June 25 - Sat June 26, 2021 Fayetteville, WV 25840 US Directions
Events
Experience America's Newest National Park!

New River Gorge Half Marathon

$110 06/26 7:30AM EDT - 1:30PM EDT Your registration includes a 100% polyester official race shirt, beautifully designed finisher medal, premium linen drawstring bag, and refreshments upon finishing!
Experience America's Newest National Park!

New River Gorge 5k

$45 06/25 7:00PM EDT - 8:30PM EDT Your registration includes a 100% polyester official race shirt, beautifully designed finisher medal, premium linen drawstring bag, and refreshments upon finishing!
Experience America's Newest National Park!

Bridge Double (5k & Half)

$130 06/25 - 06/26 7:00PM EDT - 1:30PM EDT Your registration includes a 100% polyester official race shirt, beautifully designed finisher medal, premium linen drawstring bag, and refreshments upon finishing!
New River Gorge Half Marathon & 5k
Description

Experience America's Newest National Park

Experience New River Gorge National Park through this one-of-a-kind half marathon! 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 2,000 feet of total elevation gain this is 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!

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 singletrack course has 500ft of elevation gain. 

Race Swag: 

  • Short Sleeve Performance Shirt
  • Beautifully Designed Finisher Medal
  • Refreshment Packages

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 due to Covid-19. All awards will be mailed. A virtual awards ceremony will be posted on YouTube in the week following the event.

Window Start:

All Half Marathon participants will have the option to start their race at any point from 7:30 am to 8:00 am and all 5k participants will have from 7:00 pm to 7:10 pm in order to aid social distancing. 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, mile 2.6, and mile 10.6.
  • Aid stations with refreshments and first aid kits will be available along the course.

Packet Pick Up:

  • 4:30-8:30 PM on Friday, June 25th at Fayetteville Town Park
  • 6:00-8:00 AM on Saturday, June 26th at Fayetteville Town Park

For more information, visit https://wolfcreektrackclub.com/new-river-gorge-half-marathon-5k/

Pricing

Half Marathon

Opening: $65 (4/21-4/25) National Park Week Special!

Early: $75 (4/26-5/10) 

Regular: $90 (5/11-6/10)

Late: $110 (6/11-6/26)

 

5k

Opening: $30 (4/21-4/25) National Park Week Special!

Early: $35 (4/26-5/10)

Regular: $40 (5/11-6/10)

Late: $45 (6/11-6/25)

 

Bridge Double (Both Races)

Opening: $85 (4/21-4/25) National Park Week Special!

Early: $95 (4/26-5/10)

Regular: $110 (5/11-6/10)

Late: $130 (6/11-6/25)

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)

Local Attractions

New River Gorge Bridge (1.7 Miles)

Endless Wall Trail (4.3 Miles)

Pies and Pints (0.9 Miles)

Adventures On The Gorge (3.6 Miles)

Range Finder Coffee (0.7 Miles)

Babcock State Park (16 Miles)

Grand View (34 Miles)

Thurmond (17 Miles)

Course Information

Course Maps

Aid Stations

Aid Stations with water, sports drink, nutrition and first aid kits will be at the 2.6, 8.4, & 10.6 mile marks of the Half Marathon.

Course Directions

New River Gorge 5k Course Directions

  1. Start on Park Loop Trail in Fayetteville Town Park and turn right (mi 0)
  2. Turn left onto Fayetteville Trail (mi 0.5)
  3. Turn around (mi 1.5)
  4. Take Fayetteville Trail back to Park Loop Trail (mi 2.6)
  5. Finish at Fayetteville Town Park (mi 3.1)

New River Gorge Half Marathon Course Directions

  1. Start on Park Loop Trail in Fayetteville Town Park and turn left (mi 0)
  2. Turn right onto Fayetteville Trail (mi 0.6)
  3. Turn left and cross Wolf Creek to stay on Fayetteville Trail (mi 0.9)
  4. Stay left on Fayetteville Trail (mi 1.2)
  5. Continue on Fayetteville Trail until you reach Kaymoor Road (mi 2.5)
  6. Turn left onto Arrowhead Road (mi 2.6)
  7. Turn right onto Dalton Trail (mi 2.9)
  8. Turn right onto Lecroy Connector Trail (mi 4.2)
  9. Turn left onto Lecroy Trail (mi 4.5)
  10. Turn right onto Dalton Trail (mi 5.3)
  11. Turn left onto Craig Branch Trail (mi 8.5)
  12. Turn right onto Dalton Trail (mi 9.1)
  13. Turn right onto Arrowhead Road (mi 10.5)
  14. Turn right on Kaymoor Road (mi 10.6)
  15. Turn right then make an immediate left onto Fayetteville Trail (10.7)
  16. Take Fayetteville Trail back to Park Loop Trail (mi 12.7)
  17. Turn right onto Park Loop Trail (12.7)
  18. Finish at Fayetteville Town Park (mi 13.1)
Place
Park Drive
Fayetteville, WV US 25840
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 Half Marathon must run under 6 hours.  Participants in the 5k must run under 1.5 hours. 

Is there an awards ceremony?

Not this year. To lower the risk of COVID-19, we are eliminating the high contact aspects of the event. All medals will be mailed post-race and should arrive within 2-3 weeks depending on your location.

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.

Wolf Creek Events
Covid-19 Statement

At Wolf Creek Race Management, we take COVID-19 very seriously. We will do everything in our power to offer a safe and fun event for all participants. We have taken several steps to ensure the safety of all participants, staff members, volunteers, and spectators. These steps in accordance with WV-state government & CDC guidelines include: 

  • Limiting High Contact Points
  • Social Distance Start Window
  • Encouraging Social Distancing
  • Disinfecting commonly touched surfaces
  • Providing pre-packaged food and drinks
  • Making hand sanitizer readily available
  • Wolf Creek Staff members wearing masks when social distancing is not possible
  • CDC COVID-19 signage displayed at the event

This event was approved during the pandemic. If this event is no longer able to occur due to COVID-19 restrictions, all participants will receive a full refund. Refunds for any other reason will not be granted. 

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