Active Kids Powered by Volunteers

The Active SWV Kids Run Club program teaches kids the skills and confidence they need to lead healthy, physically active lives beyond their time in the program. This free, 6-8-week club creates a supportive, inclusive, and non-competitive environment for children to learn about running and develop a love of being physically active. Through hands on instruction from trained volunteer ‘Coaches’, kids learn how to properly warm up, cool down, stretch, run, and fuel their bodies while building both teamwork ...

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10 Reasons to start a Kids Run Club at your school


The Kids Run Club program has been steadily growing since it ran its pilot Club at Valley Elementary School in 2015. Now, 29 schools and community groups have hosted Kids Run Clubs all across Raleigh, Summers, Fayette, and Nicholas Counties. Join Fayetteville Elementary, Valley Elementary, New River ...

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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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