5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Make Wishes Come True 5k
    Join the Make A Wish Foundation of Greater Pennsylvania and West Virginia for the Make Wishes Come True 5k! The race begins and finishes at Wheeling Heritage Port.  The flat course will be on the bike trail and is an out and back.  Proceeds benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Shirts are guaranteed if you pre-register. The race is walker friendly and there will be a kids run too!
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    Wheeling 9 September 2017 Make Wishes Come True 5k
    Sunset Chase 5k
    If you are look to chase the sunset, check out the family friendly Sunset Chase 5k fun run! Race begins just before dark.  Glow accessories will be provided to all participants.  Shirt will be guaranteed to those who register before September 1st.  This is an untimed event and walker friendly.
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    Elkins 9 September 2017 Sunset Chase 5k
    Rise N Shine 5k
    This race will take place at the beautiful Grand Vue Park.   Course features rolling hills on an entirely paved route.  This race is part of the Marshall County Relay for Life and proceeds will go to the American Cancer Society.  Refreshments will be available as well as door prizes and a raffle.
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    Moundsville 16 September 2017 Rise N Shine 5k
    Founders Day 5k
    This year marks the 10th Annual Founders Day 5k, part of the Founders Day Festival.  Participants have the option of registering for the race with or without a shirt.   Race begins at 8:00am at the Capon Bridge Community Center.  This event is for all ages and is walker friendly. Stick around after the race for the family friendly festival!
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    Capon Bridge 28 September 2018 Founders Day 5k
    Pain2Power 5k
    Support a good cause and join runners (and walkers) in the Pain2Power 5k.  The race will be held at Barboursville Park and is walker friendly.  Race starts at 8:00am. All participants will receive a shirt, water and goody bag.  Proceeds go to the Pain2Power organization which helps families who have lost a loved one to suicide.
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    Barboursville 24 September 2017 Pain2Power 5k
    FBI Jerry Dove Memorial 5k
    This challenging race features a paved out and back course that takes place in the FBI’s CJIS Division Complex.  Register early to secure your long sleeve race shirt. Note that cameras are prohibited along the race course and are only permitted at the start/finish.  Post race refreshments will be available to all participants.  This event is walker friendly.
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    Clarksburg 29 September 2018 FBI Jerry Dove Memorial 5k
    Community Bash & 5k Dash
    This event is a family friendly and not only includes the 5k but a kids run, live music, food trucks, activities and more!  The Community Bash & 5k Dash will be held at Clarksburg City Park. First 100 registrants will receive a shirt.  Race begins at 8:30am.   This event is part of the National Disability Employment Awareness Month Celebration.
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    Nutter Fort 7 October 2017 Community Bash & 5k Dash
    Spooktacular 5k
    You are sure to have a spooktacular run at the Spooktacular 5k race in Madison!  Runners will meet at Scott High School. Runners are encouraged to wear costumes, which will be judged. Proceeds of this event will go to the Julia Price Breast Cancer Foundation. Race begins at 9:00am.
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    Madison 14 October 2017 Spooktacular 5k
    WV Trilogy/Run for the Hills 5K
    You won't be disappointed in this beautiful fall trail run! Runners will meet at the Spruce Knob Mountain Center in the Monongahela National Forest for this 5k.  The course takes place on the hilly meadows of the Spruce Knob Mountain Center.  This race is part of a weekend event which includes a 50 mile, 50k and half marathon race. Participants will receive a shirt. Pets are not allowed at this event. Race begins at 9:00am.
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    Circleville 15 October 2017 WV Trilogy/Run for the Hills 5K
    Apple Trample 5k
    This 5k race is part of the Mountain State Apple Harvest Festival and is great for beginners, competitive runners and walkers alike! After you finish the race, stop by the Finisher’s 5k Red Carpet Photo Booth for your free picture, which will be available on the Apple Trample website.  Participants will also receive a shirt and swag bag. Race begins at 10:30am.
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    Martinsburg 21 October 2017 appletrample.com

    About 5k races

    A 5k is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers and new-comers as well.

    How did we choose the best 5k events in West Virginia? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5Ks in Northern West Virginia?

    There are many to choose from here as Northern West Virginia is host to many 5k races throughout it's many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 5k running events include Apple Trample 5k, Founders Day 5k and FBI Jerry Dove Memorial 5k. These are just a few of the many 5K events in the northern area.

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  • 10k races
    Name City Date Website
    Cecil Jarvis Greater Clarksburg 10k
    This year will be the 21st Cecil Jarvis Greater Clarksburg 10k. Runners will make two loops through a mix of residential and business areas.  The rolling terrain of the course does have some short hills.  A portion of the proceeds will go to the American Heart Association and The United Hospital Center. There is also a 2 mile run and kids run. The 10k starts at 8:30am.  All runners receive a shirt.
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    Clarksburg 16 June 2018 Cecil Jarvis Greater Clarksburg 10k
    Woofstock Run, Walk, Wag 10k
    Bring your four legged running buddy to this 10k race! Runners will begin and finish at Elkins City Park.  This course is an out and back and features a mix of rolling hills and flat sections, including a section of the Allegheny Highlands Trail.  Race begins at 9:00am.  Dogs must be on a leash for this event.
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    Elkins 15 July 2017 Woofstock Run, Walk, Wag
    Bun Run 10k
    Planning on going to the West Virginia Hot Dog Festival?  Then be sure to sign up for the Bun Run 10k!  Pre-registered runners will receive a shirt, swag bag, and 4 WV lottery scratch offs. Make sure to stick around after the race for the Hot Dog Festival! Race begins at 8:00 am at Veterans Blvd.
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    Huntington 28 July 2018 Bun Run 10k & 5k
    Cooper Rock Stump Jump 10k
    Calling all trail runners! Join the Cooper Rock Foundation for their annual Stump Jump 10k at the Coopers Rock State Forest! This beautiful, but challenging course will start and finish at the overlook.  Participants will receive food and prizes at the finish. Race begins at 9:00am and registration starts at 8:00am.
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    Bruceton Mills 26 August 2017 Cooper Rock Stump Jump 10k
    Helvetia 10k Mountain Run
    Want to run the mountain?  Then join runners at the 20th annual Helvetia 10k Mountain Run! The course follows the original Swiss settlement trail which passes through Helvetia. This event takes place during the Helvetia Community Fair.  There will be 2 water aid stations on course. Runners who register before August 25 will be guaranteed a shirt.
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    Helvetia 9 September 2018 Helvetia 10k Mountain Run
    Wardensville 10k
    This run kicks off the annual West Virginia Heritage Weekend.  Runners will begin and finish at Old Wardensville High School and run on the sidewalks and streets of Wardensville. Registered runners will receive a tech shirt.  Proceeds of the race go to the Wardensville Scholarship Fund Association.
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    Wardensville 23 September 2017 Arthur Halterman Memorial Run
    Beckley Rocket 10k Run
    Come run Beckley’s Rails to Trails in this 10k race!  Runners will begin at the Rahall Company Store at the Exhibiton Coal Mine Complex.  Register early to be guaranteed a shirt.  Stick around after the race for the Rocket Boys Festival and meet the original Rocket Boys.  Food from Qdoba will be available to all participants.  Race begins at 10:00am.
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    Beckley 23 September 2017 Beckley Rocket Run
    Freedom's Run 10k
    Runners will begin in Shepherdstown and run along the Potomac River in the Freedom's Run 10k.  This is an out and back course with the turn around at Rumsey Monument.  The race is open to all ages.  This race is part of the Freedom's Run race weekend which also includes a 5k, Half Marathon and Full Marathon as well as a kid's run.  Participants will receive a short sleeve tech shirt as well as a pint glass and free beer (if over 21). The family friendly post race will have games, food and there will also be a beer garden.
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    Harpers Ferry 30 September 2017 Freedom Runs Marathon
    Pipestem Pumpkin 10k Run
    This year marks the 40th annual Pipestem Pumpkin run!  The race will be held at Pipestem Resort State Park. Wear your costume for a chance to win the costume contest! Winner of the costume content will receive a complimentary stay at the McKeever Lodge.  First 100 registrants receive a shirt.  There will be post race food for all participants.
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    Pipestem 28 October 2017 Pipestem Pumpkin Run
    Lois Stobb Memorial Veterans 10K
    Join others in honoring local veterans and military personnel in the 8th annual Lois Stobb Memorial Veterans 10k.  Proceeds will be donated to the West Virginia Paralyzed Veterans of America chapter.  Fee is waved for active military personnel and veterans who also receive a shirt, banquet ticket and special bib. Post race banquet is included with all registration and will be held after the race at WesBanco Arena.
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    Wheeling 4 November 2017 Lois Stobb Memorial Veterans 10K

    About 10k races

    A 10k is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 miles (10 kilometers). These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular one you are looking into. They are twice the distance of the 5k and still  relatively short in distance. Less runners tend to participate then the 5k, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners, but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10k events in West Virginia? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10Ks near Beckley?

    There are many to choose from here as Beckley is host to many 10k races throughout its many communities. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  Some of the notable 10k running events include Lois Stobb Memorial Veterans 10K and Beckley Rocket 10k Run. These are just a couple of the many 10K events in the Beckley area.

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  • Half marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Barnum Rail Trail Half Marathon
    The course of this half marathon takes place on the Barnum Rail Trail on the east banks of the Potomac River.  Runners do this out-and-back flat course twice.  All finishers will receive a medal. There will be 9 aid stations on course and there is an 8 hour time limit. Shirt is optional and can be purchased for an additional cost.
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    Keyser 29 September 2018 Barnum Rail Trail Marathon and Half Marathon
    Morgantown Thirteener
    Take in the beautiful views on this rolling out-and-back course! Music will be on course as well as live music at the finish line festival.  Race begins at 7:15am and there is a 3 1/2 hour time limit.  All finishers will receive a finishers medal.
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    Morgantown 15 September 2018 Morgantown Marathon
    Freedom's Run Half Marathon
    Two states, one river and plenty of history is what you'll get in the Freedom's Run Half Marathon! Runners will run cross the Potomac River twice as well as run the hills of Antietam and take a running tour of the historic Sharpsburg.  Race begins in Shepherdstown at 8:30am.  Participants will receive a long sleeve tech shirt, water bottle, and a reusable pint glass with one free beer (for those over 21). Finishers will receive a local made ceramic medallion from Joy Bridy Pottery.
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    Harpers Ferry 6 October 2018 Freedom's Run Marathon
    Appalachian Series Day 1 Half Marathon
    Join runners at Bluefield City Park for Day 1 of the Mainly Marathons Appalachian Series Half Marathon! Runners will make 6 laps on the 2.2 mile out and back course. There will be a free pasta dinner for all registered runners the night before.  The course does have some hills and begins in West Virginia and ends in Virginia. Walkers are welcome and there is no time limit.
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    Bluefield 7 October 2017 Mainly Marathons
    Run for the Hills Half Marathon
    The course of the Run for the Hills Half Marathon takes place in the Monongahela National Forest and run the beautiful Spruce Knob Mountain! This race is part of the WV Trilogy series.  There will be 4 aid stations on course carrying water and standard ultra-run food. Registration includes pasta dinner on Saturday as well as breakfast and lunch on race day.  Free overnight camping is also available.
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    Circleville 15 October 2017 Run for the Hills Half Marathon
    Marshall University Half Marathon
    The course of the Marshall University Half Marathon is flat and fast! The finish line will be at goal-line of the Marshall Football Stadium.  Footballs will be available for runners to cross the goal-line with! Water and Gatorade will be available on course.  Participants will receive an Asics race shirt and finishers medal. The half marathon is walker friendly.
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    Huntington 4 November 2018 Marshall University Marathon
    Run to Read Half Marathon
    This half marathon takes place in Prickett's Fort State Park.  Runners will make 2 out and backs.  The course is on both paved paths and trails and runners will go through Meredith tunnel and back to Prickett's Fort. Proceeds go to Literacy Volunteers of Marion County.  The race is walker friendly and there is a 4 hour time limit.  Participants will receive a long sleeve tech shirt and finishers medal.
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    Fairmont 6 January 2018 Run to Read Half Marathon
    The Gristmill Grinder Half Marathon
    Runners will run a figure 8 through Babcock State Park and will feature creek crossings, the Glad Creek Canyon, waterfalls and of course, the Gristmill. Food will be provided by several local eateries in Fayetteville. This race is part of the Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series. Race begins at 10:00am.
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    Clifftop 21 April 2018 The Gristmill Grinder Half Marathon
    The Greenbrier Half Marathon
    Don't miss the spectacular views of the West Virginia's Allegheny mountain range in the 2nd annual Greenbrier Half Marathon! This flat course run's along the country's best golf course and throughGreenbrier Resort.  Participants will receive a tech shirt and finishers medal. The race begins at 7:00am and has a 3.5 hour course limit.
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    White Sulphur Springs 11 May 2019 Resort Races

    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon which is a total of 26 miles. The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000's and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states. The growth rate of participants for the half distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in West Virginia? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Half Marathons in the Northern area?

    There are many to choose from in Northern West Virginia. Some of these are charity events for fundraising, some fun runs and others racing events but it all comes down to the runners.  The Morgantown Thirteener is one of the most popular half marathons in the area.  There are many other Portland Area Halfs, so these are just a sampling of the races available.

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  • Marathons
    Name City Date Website
    Barnum Rail Trail Marathon
    Run the Barnum Rail Trail along the eastern banks of the Potomac in this half marathon!  Runners will make 4 out and backs on this flat, fast course. Finishers will receive a medal, but race shirt will be available for an additional cost. The course limit is 8 hours.  This race is part of the Mid Atlantic Race Series.
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    Keyser 29 September 2018 Barnum Rail Trail Marathon
    Morgantown Marathon
    Morgantown Marathon boasts beautiful views on its rolling course! This Boston Qualifier will take you through the 7 wards of Morgantown and there will be live music on course.  Aid stations will have water and Powerade as well as a variety of snacks.  Runners must maintain at least at 14:30/mi pace. All finishers will receive a medal.
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    Morgantown 15 September 2018 Morgantown Marathon
    Freedom's Run Marathon
    The course of the Freedom's Run Marathon is entirely in National Park Land and features Harpers Ferry National Park, the C&O Canal Path, the Antietam Battlefield and more! Runners must finish within 6.5 hours. Runners will receive a technical race shirt and finishers medal as well as a reusable beer mug.  Post race festival will have food, family friendly activities and a free beer to participants over 21.
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    Harpers Ferry 6 October 2018 Freedom's Run Marathon
    Mainly Marathons Appalachian Series Day 1
    Mainly Marathons has a "no runner left behind" policy! There is no course limit and walkers are welcome.  Runners will make 12 out and backs on a 2.2 mile course in Bluefield City Park. Participants will receive a shirt and finishers medal.  The giant aid station  at the start/finish line will have a wide variety of snacks and drinks available.  There will be a free pasta dinner during packet pick up the night before.
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    Bluefield 6 October 2018 Mainly Marathons
    Marshall University Marathon
    Join runners for the 14th annual Marshall University Marathon! Runners will complete 2 loops on this flat, fast course.  Only 3 miles will be on light trail as runners go around Ritter Park. The course has a 6 hour time limit. Runners who register before September 1st will receive an Asics race jacket! After September 1st, runners will receive a shirt. All finishers will receive a medal. Water and Gatorade will be on course about every 1.5 miles.
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    Huntington 4 November 2018 Marshall University Marathon

    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900's, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2107 there are currently more than 800 events being held, and that number is consistently growing.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in West Virginia? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors included how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best Marathon events in West Virginia?

    There are several popular marathon events in West Virginia.  Runners can choose from either a trail marathon or a road marathon, many of them taking place in the fall. Some of the more notable marathon events include the Morgantown Marathon, the Marshall University Marathon and the Freedom's Run Marathon.

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