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It is with much regret that we share with you the news that the 2020 High Bridge Half Marathon & 5k has been canceled due to the uncertainty surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. We appreciate the many emails of support and encouragement to have this event. Many variables affected the decision to cancel including volunteer recruitment, sponsorship, and uncertain government recommendations and mandates. Those that have already registered will have their entry fee refunded no later than September 1st. Please make plans to join us next year. Thank you for continuing to support the High Bridge Trail State Park.
The town of Farmville in south central Virginia has been hailed as “America’s Crucible”. The site of one of the last battles of the War Between the States and one of the first critical moments in the Battle for Civil Rights in Education, Farmville is truly the Heart of Virginia. Home to Green Front Furniture and a delightful historic commercial district filled with restaurants, retail, and galleries, Farmville promises something for everyone who comes to spend a day, a weekend, or a lifetime.
The historic High Bridge runs through the Heart of Virginia in Prince Edward and Cumberland Counties. Heralded as the largest bridge of its kind in the United States, the High Bridge and the battle for control of it was a contributing factor to General Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in nearby Appomattox Courthouse. Today, the bridge is the centerpiece of the 31-mile High Bridge Trail State Park that includes the historic commercial district of Farmville.
The race will be held on an out-and-back course beginning in Farmville Downtown at High Bridge Trail State Park Plaza. The park is a rail to trail conversion that is wide, level and has very little grade. The trail surface consists of finely crushed, well-packed limestone. The half marathon will cross the historic High Bridge twice. High Bridge is nearly a half mile long and towers 125 feet above the Appomattox River.
Runners will enjoy on-course support with spirit groups, music, water stations, and Port-O-Potties. Finisher medals will be presented to all Half Marathon finishers who complete their race during the designated time period of 4 hours.
Surface: packed crushed gravel
Grade: very little
Particulars: rails-to-trails conversion
Amenities: 4 water stations with water and Gatorade available; two port-o-potties per water station; GU Gel, snacks, and first aid at each water station; cheer groups intermittently stationed for support; emergency services personnel and apparatus on stand-by in the park.
START Times (Timing ceases at four (4) hours)
*Half Marathon starts at 7:30am
5K starts at 8am
*Race participants who do not complete the course within the four-hour time frame will not be eligible for a finisher medal.
Entry fees are non-refundable and non-transferable. An entry cannot be deferred to another year and/or transferred to another participant.
Half Marathon: Moisture-wicking t-shirts (unisex) and guaranteed to those registered by August 15, 2020. A limited amount of extra shirts are ordered after this deadline and available on a first-come basis at packet pickup.
5K: 100% cotton t-shirts (unisex) and guaranteed to those registered by August 15, 2020. A limited amount of extra shirts are ordered after this deadline and available on a first-come basis at packet pickup.
Race Day Parking & Maps
Parking is free in Town of Farmville municipal lots for those with parking passes. Parking passes and maps will be transmitted electronically no later than Tuesday October 1st.
Finisher medals will be presented to all half-marathon & 5k runners who complete the race during the timing period. Cash awards will be presented to the top 3 overall male & female finishers for the half marathon. Awards will be presented to the top three overall finishers and to the top three age level finishers for each race.
Richmond Road Runner Club Discount:
We are happy to provide a discount to the Richmond Road Runners Club. Discounts are applied at checkout, to current, active, members of the Richmond Road Runners Club found on RunSignUp. This is verified through the RRRC roster found on RSU. This promotion begins 2/15/2020 and expires on 9/1/2020. RRRC discounts are not retroactive and cannot be applied to a registration that was completed before the promotion or to a registration that has been completed during the promotional period. Questions concerning the status of a membership should be directed to the RRRC.
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We are looking to YOU to help us out this year as a volunteer prior to or on race day. There was a great turn-out last year, the race went on wonderfully, and we're hoping for another awesome event this year! and want YOU to be apart of it!!
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