The Only Race Across the New River Gorge Bridge

Every third Saturday in October, the New River Gorge Bridge is closed in celebration of Bridge Day, West Virginia’s largest one day festival. Active Southern West Virginia is pleased to host the annual Active SWV Bridge Day 5K every morning of Bridge Day.

Beginning in 2016, 179 racers participated in the inaugural event. The race begins on the north side of the NRG Bridge, along town streets, and then finishing in front of the Historic Fayette County Court House.

Each year the Active SWV Bridge Day 5K generates funding for area elementary Kids Run Clubs offered for free to students and schools by Active SWV. These area Kids Run Clubs teach healthy lifestyle skills while building confidence in physical activity at an early age. 

The 2017 Active SWV Bridge Day 5K had 241 racers and offered a Youth Essay Contest for local youth to submit answers to two questions; why is physical activity important to you and what does Bridge Day mean to you. You can read each of these submissions here; Olivia, Evan, Chase, MorganKaylee and Emma.

The 2017 Active SWV Bridge Day 5K was made possible by partnership and sponsorship from West Virginia University of Technology, UniCare, and Highmark WV. 

Youth Essay Contest Winners 2017

This event offers breath taking views, a small town course, and a supportive vibe for first time 5K runners. Everyone is celebrated with a finishers medal and group photo. 

There are so many special moments during this event. Families are running together, returning West Virginians, local high school cross country athletes, and first time 5K runner. 

Review some wonderful images here from the Active SWV Bridge Day 5K 2017 and race results.

The next opportunity to race across the New River Gorge Bridge will be on October 20th, 2018. Follow us on Facebook for the race registration opening date.