New River Gorge Rim to Rim Race – 6 miles – 1300 vertical loss and gain – May 4, 2024
Don’t miss the chance to run the New River Gorge Bridge on October 19, 2024! The Active SWV Bridge Day 5K starts at the North side of the bridge, offering breathtaking views as you head south to the Court Street finish line in Fayetteville. Only 500 spots available, so sign up now! Stick around for Bridge Day festivities after the race.
This is a run-only event; no walking due to road closures for Bridge Day.
The Active SWV Bridge Day 5K ensures safety and quality. Familiarize yourself with event logistics and security guidelines for a smooth race.
This event is vital for Active SWV, supporting Kids Run Clubs & Community Captains.
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.
Check the race email one week before for exact times and locations.
Maintain a 15-minute per mile pace for the first mile, ensuring safety during West Virginia’s premier one-day festival. You can adjust your pace after the first mile.
Separate from the Bridge Day 5K RUN, but another Active SWV sponsored service, is the Bridge Day Bicycle Valet. If you’re on the South Side of the Bridge, bike on over to the Studio B parking lot and Active SWV staff and volunteers will take care of your bike while you enjoy the festivities!
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. 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 1st
Bridge Day, West Virginia’s largest single-day event, brings important logistical details:
Highway Closure: Route 19 will close from 6 am to 4 pm on Bridge Day. Choose your packet pickup based on your location:
SOUTH SIDE (Finish Area): If you are staying or driving in from Fayetteville, Oak Hill, Beckley direction, select South Side during registration.
NORTH SIDE (Start Area): If you are staying or driving in from Lansing, Hico, Summersville direction, select North Side, during registration.
Why It Matters: The Bridge closes at 6 am; personal vehicles can’t cross. We must know your check-in area for race bibs. SOUTH side attendees need bus transport to the NORTH side in the morning, so we need bus planning.
Questions: Email [email protected], and expect a response within 48 hours.
200 West Maple Ave Fayetteville WV 25840
Parking is available throughout town in free public street parking and parking lots.
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.
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; [email protected].
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 8:15am 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 on N Court St in front of the historic Fayette County Court House one block from the Memorial Building. The 2-hour street parking is enforced Mon-Fri during business hours.
Saturday morning racers can pick up race numbers and walk to the start line. The race staff will be set up with a table and balloons on the north side of Route 19 in the south bound shoulder just before the New River Gorge Bridge. A bus will be provided at 11:00am 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.
North side racers must gather at Midland Trail High School by 8 am and board one of two buses departing at 8:15 am to reach the race’s starting point. These buses are exclusively for racers. For public attendees, a $5 shuttle service commences at 8:30 am.
Post-race, a free bus ride for north side racers departs at 11 am from the Memorial building, situated a block away from the finish line. Another option is the $5 public shuttle from the Memorial building, taking racers back to Midland Trail High School from the north side.
Traffic can come to Lansing/Ames Heights but it is not preferred since gate set up and road closure are happening at that time.
Starting line just North of the New River Gorge Bridge (South side check-ins bussed in the morning).
Racers cross the bridge, head into town towards North Court Street finish line at the Fayette County Courthouse.
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 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 [email protected].
Please use the hashtags and tage Active Southern West Virginia in your pictures and videos!; #bd5k #activeswv #bridgeday5k #almostheaven #bridgeday
The road between the start line and finish line for the 5K RUN is closed to vehicle traffic and we would like to accommodate those traveling from both directions to the event. So, we are offering two options Saturday morning; a North Side check in and a South Side check in. Basically, if you are staying in the Fayetteville or Beckley area you should check in on the South Side. If you are coming from northern WV such as Morgantown or Summersville, you should check in on the North Side. Here are the finer details with maps: https://activeswv.org/bridge-day-5k-run/
The start line of the race is on Route 19 south bound lanes just north of the New River Gorge Bridge. The south bound lanes are reserved for emergency vehicles and commercial permitted vehicles for Official Bridge Day. When we start the race, all traffic is held back until all racers have exited Route 19. We are asking that everyone maintain a quick pace for this first mile. After the first mile, racers are welcome to take walking breaks. We will not stop the timing until everyone finishes.
Official Bridge Day is West Virginia’s largest single day festival celebrating the 1978 completion of the western hemisphere’s longest single span arch bridge, the New River Gorge Bridge. Commonly known as “Bridge Day” around the Mountain State, it serves as one of the largest vendor and BASE jumper events taking place from 9am-3pm. Take a look around the Official Bridge Day website for all the details.
Keep it simple! Small bags are allowed such as fanny packs with needed medications, phone, keys, money. Bags are subject to a search prior to the race. Clear bags are highly encouraged, especially if you plan to spend time on the bridge after the race per Official Bridge Day regulations. Learn more here.
Avoid Wearing Headphones.
The first mile of the race is through the Official Bridge Day event and awareness of your surroundings is important. The route into town to finish is on open streets with vehicle traffic. Racers need to be aware of their surroundings at all times while on the course.
You can wear extra clothing to the start line and we will provide drop bags and transport your items to the finish. We are not responsible for lost or stolen items. Please do not drop valuable items.
This is a little tricky because of the bus shuttle and possibly waiting in the weather for the bus shuttle. Additionally, the stroller has to be collapsible to fit onto the school bus shuttle. The stroller has to fit in a seat and not block the isle or back of the bus. Registration must be purchased for any children to guarantee a bus seat. Please contact us directly to plan your bus accommodations – [email protected]. Strollers are subject to a police security searched prior to the race. Review the Official Bridge Day regulations on strollers here.
We highly encourage the Friday evening packet pick up if you can make it. We will have the option for Saturday morning packet pick up as well, which will be packed Friday night to go to your designated check in location — North Side or South Side. Hence, the importance of indicating where you will be Saturday morning before the race. Friday pick up will be hosted at the Memorial Building from 4pm-8pm.
MEMORIAL BUILDING address: 200 W Maple Ave, Fayetteville, WV. 25840
Yes! Please bring a photo of their driver’s license as permission to pick up their race chip number.
No, this is impossible as this is a point to point race and the road the course is on would not be passable to vehicles past 7am. If you will have spectators at the race, we recommend they be at the finish line on the SOUTH side. Note: If your family intends to be at the finish line and you are staying North of the Bridge, you will want to switch your check-in location to the Southside check in and be there before the Bridge is closed for driving (7am will be the latest time to drive across the Bridge until Official Bridge Day is over in the afternoon. The Official Bridge Day gates open at 9am.)
Yes, we will provide clear bags to leave items at the start line. These items will be transported as fast as possible to the finish line.
Yes, we would like to share some of our favorite West Virginia snacks with you; pepperoni rolls, home made pickles, and fresh Appalachian apples. Fayetteville is well known for local restaurants within walking distance from the finish line. Check out the Bridge Day Top 10 “Don’t Miss This” listed for unique yummy options. There will also be a Chili Cookoff in downtown Fayetteville from 3pm-5pm.
The timing staff with Appalachian Timing Group will post the full results online 20 minutes after the last racer crosses the finish line. Photos will be shared in the following week on the public Bridge Day 5K RUN facebook page (not the calendar event page). Make sure to give that page a follow to receive updates!
You will have two options!
Option One comes highly recommended – Join in the festivities of Official Bridge Day and walk back across the bridge while enjoying vendors, taking in views, and getting an up close experience of the BASE jumpers. If planning to attend Bridge Day straight from the race, make sure to abide by the Official Bridge Day regulations regarding bags, strollers, etc. Once back to the North of the bridge, there are public Bridge Day shuttles available to get you back to your vehicle ($5 cash/person).
Option Two – One free bus shuttle will be provided at 11am from the finish area to the North side. The bus pick will be at the Memorial Building – 200 W Maple Ave, Fayetteville, WV 25840. This bus will drop all racers at the Ames Heights/Lansing intersection. Once back to the North of the bridge, there are public Bridge Day shuttles available to get you back to your vehicle ($5 cash/person).
The finish line will be on Court Street in downtown Fayetteville which is a 1.3 mile walk to the entrance gate to Official Bridge Day. You should have great parking since you were early for the race! If there are folks coming out later in the day, there are Bridge Day shuttle busses for $5/person making the rounds. You can see all Bridge Day information here and view the bus locations and rates here.
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.