Bridge Day 5K RUN – October 16th – Registration will open on June 1, 2021
This is a run only event – no walking is requested.
This event is very important to Active SWV and the Kids Run Clubs it supports. The Active SWV Bridge Day 5K RUN provides the highest level of quality, safety, and accommodation possible for participants. Each racer has a responsibility to understand event logistics and follow security guidelines. Please read all event details below to ensure a smooth race experience.
Read the point to point logistics below to be prepared to select the ‘North Side’ or ‘South Side’ location for your race number pick up before registering.
In light of COVID-19, please check back regularly as security guidelines may change.
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 reached 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, 2021.
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 shirts, 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 Bridge Day event is West Virginia’s largest one 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 prior to the race. North of the bridge are communities such as Lansing, Hico, and Summersville. South of the bridge are towns such as Fayetteville, Oak Hill, and Beckley.
If you are staying or driving in from the south side, you can pick up your packet Friday evening or Saturday morning at the Memorial Building. You would select South Side when you register for the race. Saturday morning you will have a bus ride to the start line and then run back to the finish near the Memorial Building in downtown Fayetteville.
If you are staying or driving in from the north side, you can pick up your packet on Friday evening or you can pick up your packet Saturday morning near the start line. You would select North Side when registering for the race. Please see parking instructions and meeting location below. After the race, you will be provided a bus ride back to the start line at 11:30am departing from the Memorial Building.
If you have any questions, please email Info@activeswv.com and allow 48 hours for a response.
Racers will then report to their morning check-in location on Saturday.
Racers can pick up their chip number and racer packet between 5pm-7pm in downtown Fayetteville at the Sailors and Soldiers Veteran Memorial Building: 200 West Maple 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. Event BASE jumpers will also be using the Memorial Building Friday evening. Enter the front of the building, facing Maple Ave, and packet pickup will be to your left at the concession stand. Parking is available throughout town in free public street parking and parking lots. This map highlights the parking options:
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. WVU Technical College 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.
We will allow refunds minus the processing fees only when someone from the waitlist can replace the registration. Using the RunSignUp registration software allows each racer to self select refund only when there is someone from the waitlist to replace the limited capacity event.
There are no refunds for those that do not show up for the event. We are unable to mail shirts and medals after the race. There will be one week following the race for shirt and medal pick up at our office in Beckley, WV.
For questions, please email Info@activeswv.com.
If you don’t want to travel or can’t get the time to be with us in person, sign up for the virtual and submit your time for top finisher in men’s and woman’s. We will tally the top 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place finishers.
Participants will receive access to a RunSignUp profile to submit times, an event hat, finisher medal, and chance to compete for top finisher places.
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.