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Bridge Day is West Virginia’s largest one day event with anywhere from 60,000-90,000 visitors each year. Base jumpers parachuting from the bridge is a huge highlight of the day. Read more about the full event here, https://officialbridgeday.com/. As a 5K racer, you will need to know the security guidelines to follow, per the Bridge Day Commission:
Race registration will include:
*Two weeks prior to the event every racer will be emailed a confirmation, check in location, and age with instructions to respond back if any corrections need made.
If the race reaches capacity, there will be an option to join the waitlist. Racers may receive a refund if there is someone to take the registration from the waitlist. There will be no refunds or waitlist changes after October 1, 2022.
This race takes place during West Virginia’s largest one day festival, Bridge Day, requiring additional permits, insurance, security, and staff. The entry fees reflect these added costs in addition to high quality hats, medals, and photos.
All proceeds go directly to area elementary school Kids Run Clubs providing a free program to schools, volunteer coaches, and youth in southern West Virginia.
Take advantage of the early registration pricing. There can be refunds if someone from the waitlist can take your place by October 1st.
The Official Bridge Day event is West Virginia’s largest single-day event. The Route 19 highway will be closed from 6am – 4pm on Saturday of Bridge Day. It is important you choose your packet pickup based on your lodging or driving direction the morning of the race.
SOUTH SIDE – If you are staying or driving in from the Fayetteville, Oak Hill, Beckley direction, you would select South Side when you register for the race.
NORTH SIDE – If you are staying or driving in from the Lansing, Hico, Summersville direction, you would select North Side when registering for the race.
Why is this so important? The Bridge will be closed to traffic starting at 6am, so you will not be able to cross the Bridge by personal vehicle after this time. We need to know which check-in area to have your race bib if you do not make it to packet pick-up on Friday. Also, as mentioned above, SOUTH side check-ins will need bus transportation to the North side (stating line) of the Bridge the morning of and we need to plan how many busses to have.
If you have any questions, please email Info@activeswv.com and allow 48 hours for a response.
Racers are highly encouraged to pick up their chip number and racer packet between 5pm-7pm in downtown Fayetteville at Water Stone Outdoors:
101 West Wiseman Ave Fayetteville WV 25840.
Racers can also pick up packets the morning of the race. These packets will be placed at the designated morning check in location — it is important to have your correct morning check in location so chip numbers are in the right location. Parking is available throughout town in free public street parking and parking lots.
The south side of the New River Gorge Bridge is for anyone coming from Fayetteville or farther south (Beckley, Route 64, Route 77). Please email our office if you need further clarification; firstname.lastname@example.org.
We will meet in downtown Fayetteville at the Sailor and Soldiers Memorial Building at 200 West Maple Ave Fayetteville WV 25840. If you arrive before 7am, note that vendors for Bridge Day use the side streets by the Memorial Building for parking prior to set up. Please allow them the right of way.
Everyone needs to be checked-in with chip number and ready to load on the shuttle buses by 8:30am to ride to the start line. When unloading from the shuttle bus at the start line, racers should move to the side of the highway where Active SWV staff and flagging will be waiting.
The race will finish in downtown Fayetteville at the historic Fayette County Court House one block from the Memorial Building. Here is the map again with parking, Memorial Building, and finish:
Saturday morning racers can pick up race numbers and walk to the start line. The race staff will be set up with a 10×10 tent on the north side of Route 19 near the entrance to the Canyon Rim Visitor’s Center. A bus will be provided at 11:30am from the finish area to bring racers back to the North side. Racers can also walk back from the finish to the start area. Racers and their families can not drive from the start to the finish or the finish to the start between the hours of 6am-4pm.
Make sure your race number is visible on the front of your shirt. This is a running event only. There is no walking permitted due to the heavy traffic on Rt 19. Headphones are discouraged.
We do our best to keep this course close to a 5K distance, but with a point to point course there could be slight variation in distance. This course is on open streets. West Virginia University Institute of Technology student volunteers will be stationed throughout the course to assist racers. Yard signs with arrows and “Active SWV” will be placed throughout the course along with chalk on the road. It’s an easy drive to scout the route if you get into town Friday evening.
A giant red arch will display the finish line on Court Street (Rt 16) between City Hall and the County Courthouse. Racers need to pass over the chip pad for their time to register. This race includes a finisher medal and top finisher medals in these age groups: 0-12, 13-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+ for Male AND Female.
Awards will be given at the finish line unless the weather becomes windy, rainy, or cool. In this case, we will move the awards to the Memorial Building. Announcements will be made at the finish line if awards move to the Memorial Building.
Please stay as you finish to cheer on all the racers. Racer times will be posted within 48 hours with Appalachian Timing Group and repeatedly shared throughout the Active SWV communication channels.
There are no refunds for those that do not show up for the event. We are unable to mail hats and medals after the race. There will be one week following the race for hat and medal pick up at our office in Beckley, WV.
For questions, please email Info@activeswv.com.
Please use the hashtags; #activeswv #bridgeday5k #almostheaven #bridgeday
If the weather cooperates, we will have drone footage at the start line! Thank you to Tim Naylor Photos.
This is a really unique race with every racer bringing their own story of running, relationships to the New River Gorge Bridge, and a united appreciation for the state of West Virginia. Thank you for being part of this with Active SWV.
Thank you to our volunteers, event partners, sponsors, event staff, and first responders. Your efforts contribute to a healthier southern West Virginia. It is a privilege to bring this event to Bridge Day with your support.