Active SWV Bridge Day 5K Youth Essay Winner: Chase Ayers

Since starting in 2016, the 5k that’s proud to say it’s the only race across the New River Gorge Bridge has seen an increasing number of participants of all ages and abilities. Active SWV’s Bridge Day 5k provides a supportive atmosphere, scenic course, and opportunity to give back ...

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Youth Essay Contest for Active SWV Bridge Day 5k

What is Active SWV Bridge Day 5k?

It’s the only race across the New River Gorge Bridge! The 5k begins on the north side of the NRG Bridge, continues along town streets, and finishes in front of the Historic Fayette County Court House. Boasting 179 racers in 2016 and 241 in 2017, this event championing support and inclusion for participants of all ages and abilities keeps getting bigger and better! Read more about the event and it’s history here.

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Word From The Wise: Hiking Tips From A Park Ranger To Keep You Safe And Having Fun

Expert Hiking Advice From a Park Ranger in the New River Gorge National River

The New River Gorge region has many hiking trails from beginner to advanced. You can follow rivers, hike along the top of gorges, make descents beside waterfalls and take easy strolls though beautiful forests. While the trails are typically simple to find and follow, West Virginia weather is notorious for being unpredictable. Being prepared for many different scenarios before setting out on your hike will help you ...

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Active SWV Community Engagement Assistant Molly Wolff

Molly Wolff joins the Active SWV team on a part time basis to contribute media and communication support along with photography and graphic design. Molly brings an education in Physical Education and Recreation Administration from Southern Virginia University with life experience in youth sports programming, assisting children with special needs in recreation, tourism marketing assistance, and owning a photography business. Molly is a resident of Scarbro, West Virginia with her family.

The mission of Active Southern West Virginia to increase opportunities for ...

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Grant Funding Expands Popular “Get Active in the Park” Program Volunteers Needed to Teach Outdoor Classes

Grant Funding Expands Popular “Get Active in the Park” Program

Active Southern West Virginia will partner with New River Gorge National River throughout the entire park for the entire year! The possibilities are endless on the adventures we will find. Everything will be introductory level and free.

Volunteers Needed to Teach Outdoor Classes

The National Park Service and Active Southern West Virginia have received a second year ...

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Join the Active SWV Movement in 2017

Active SWV New Year’s Challenge

With the new year comes new challenges, Active SWV is challenging you to get active in 2017 and join a free program in your area. We are offering several opportunities for people to get started for free, make a commitment to yourself! According to the U.S. Surgeon General, “Engaging in regular physical activity is one of the most important things that people of all ages can do to improve their health. Physical activity strengthens ...

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Introducing Community Captain Lauren Meade

CC Lauren2This month we are highlighting Camp Brookside Community Captain Lauren Meade to both show appreciation for her service and to showcase a little bit of her story. We hope it will resonate with some of our readers and motivate them to start their journey toward a healthy and active lifestyle change. We strongly believe that without the hard work and dedication of our Community ...

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Beginner to 5K

This summer provided opportunity to join three Active SWV Training Teams to prepare for area events. The event distances range from 5K to 10K to 15K and Half Marathon. These teams quickly became friends and will forever be the foundation of the Active SWV family.

There is now time for a fall Active SWV Training Team working toward a fundraising costume party race, the Devil Dash 5K hosted by our Community Captain Joseph Gutshall. On Halloween morning Collins Middle School will ...

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Active SWV: New River Gorge Bridge Day Scavenger Hunt

“Bridge Day, one of the largest extreme sports event in the world, is held annually on the third Saturday in October in Fayette County, West Virginia (WV), USA. Hundreds of BASE jumpers and nearly 80,000 spectators are expected to attend the event.” –OfficialBridgeDay.com

And of course Active Southern West Virginia is going to have a hand in highlighting this day! Join us in our first ever Bridge Day event, Active SWV: New River Gorge Bridge Day Scavenger Hunt. This ...

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