Active Southern West Virginia Bridge Day 5K RUN!

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Enjoy this video from 2017. Make your plans to join us this October 19, 2019!

This event is very important to Active SWV and the Kids Run Clubs this race supports. The Active SWV Bridge Day 5K RUN provides the highest level of quality, safety, and accommodation possible for participants. Please read through these event details to assist in a success event. Each racer has a responsibility to understand event logistics and follow security guidelines. *Two weeks prior to the event every racer will be emailed a confirmation of shirt size, check in location, and age with instructions to respond back if any corrections need made.

This page will provide:

  • Bridge Day overview and security guidelines
  • Friday packet pickup
  • South side morning check in
  • North side morning check in
  • 5K course
  • Finish line details
  • Photos and social media
  • Area attractions and restaurants

Frequently Asked Questions here

Kids Run Fundraising Challenge

Active SWV Kids Run Clubs are the official charitable partner of the Active Southern West Virginia Bridge Day 5K RUN presented by West Virginia Tech. Leading up to the race, we invite you to make your miles matter by joining the Kids Run Challenge. What is the challenge? A way to use your 5K to support good health of our children, your community, and our future.

What it takes to raise just $100? Asking 10 friends to donate $10 – its that easy. Once you raise $100, you will receive Team ANThony technical shirts to wear on race day.

Active Southern West Virginia has introduced the Kids Run program to 29 elementary and middle schools in the four county New River Gorge region. Here is what one teacher said about the program at her school:

“Several teachers in our school have come up to me and expressed their gratitude to me for leading this run club, saying that their ‘troubled’ kids have done a complete 180 and have a positive outlet to plug into now! This is all of the gratification I need to continue this journey with our school.”
– Cassie Smith, Hinton Area Elementary

Kids are the future leaders of our community and state. Learning the importance of physical activity now will motivate them to cultivate a healthy lifestyle while inspiring their families and friends. Creating a healthy generation will build strong communities and attract a new economic opportunities to West Virginia. Join the Challenge!

Bridge Day overview and security guidelines

Bridge Day is West Virginia’s largest one day event with any where 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:

  • No Dogs
  • No Backpacks, coolers, folding chairs or large handbags.
  • No Bicycles, skates, skateboards or wagons.
  • No Weapons, Fireworks, Illegal Drugs, or Alcoholic Beverages.
  • No Quadcopters/drones.
  • You may ride your bike and leave it at the Active SWV Bike Valet but no bikes are allowed on the bridge.
  • Fold-up strollers are allowed, but will be searched at the gate.
  • The bridge/Route 19 will be closed from 6:30am-5pm. Additional side streets are also closed so please review your morning check in location carefully prior to the day of the event.

Race Registration Fees and Benefits

Registration open on February 2, 2018 at 12pm

March 1 April 15- $40
April 16 – July 31 – $50
August 1 – October 1 – $55
October 1 – October 15 – $65 (all remaining shirts/medals first-come, first served)
Packet Pickup/Race Day – $80 (if space is open, shirt and medal not guaranteed)
Limited to 400 racers

Race registration will include:
Performance wear event shirt (if registered by Oct.1st)
Racer packet with local sponsors
Friday evening packet pick up
Race day packet pick up
Bus transportation before the race. New for 2019: no bus transportation after the race. Please use the Bridge Day event shuttles.
Security check points
Chip timing
Water station
Course marshals at every turn
Finisher medal
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.
Indoor awards space, if needed.
Race photos
Finish line video
Finish line snacks
Race results posted 20 minutes after last racer

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 You can learn more about the impacts of the program by looking at our 2018 Kids Run Club Report here. If you would like to increase your contributions to Kids Run Clubs, please join this challenge

Take advantage of the early registration pricing. There are no refunds if you can not attend race day, but you can transfer your chip number to someone else by October 1st.

Friday packet pickup

Memorial Building 5pm-7pm

Racers can pick up their chip number and racer packet between 5pm-7pm in downtown Fayetteville at the Sailors and Soldiers Veteran Memorial Building; address 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:

Racers will then report to their morning check-in location on Saturday.


South side Saturday morning check-in

Memorial Building 7:15am-8:15am

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]

The south side check-in is different from last year. This year we will meet in downtown Fayetteville at the Sailor and Soldiers Memorial Building; address 200 West Maple Ave Fayetteville WV 25840. If you arrive before 7am, 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:

North side check-in

Visitor’s Center entrance 7:45am-8:45am

The check-in tent will be on the north side of Route 19 at the intersection of Rt 19 and Rt 82. This is also the turn into the Canyon Rim Visitor’s Center. Parking is along Route 19 and the highway median. It does seem odd as you approach the closed road to be parking along the highway, but you are in the right place and just need to park quickly and begin walking towards the check-in location. Racers can pick up their chip number and packet at the tent and then cross the closed highway to the south bound lane to meet at the start line.

Racers who picked up their chip number Friday evening, can report directly to the south bound side of the highway, Active SWV flags will be posted, to wait for the start.

The race will finish in downtown Fayetteville in front of the Historic Fayette County Courthouse. After all racers have finished and awards have been handed out, buses will be parked beside the Memorial Building to shuttle racers back to the north side. These buses will only make one trip and will need to have full loads before leaving. Buses are set to leave at 11:30am, but announcements will be made at the finish to help coordinate shuttle riders and prevent extended waiting times.

Start line and 5K Course

Make sure your race number is on the front of your shirt and very visible. Listen for the music and join the group in a start line dance party. This is a running event only. There is no walking permitted due to the heavy traffic on Rt 19.

We do our best to keep this close to a 5K distance, but with a point to point course there could be a 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 arrow and “Active Southern WV” 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. Headphones are discouraged.

Course map:

Finish line details

Historic Fayette County Courthouse 9:40am-10:15am

The 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 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.

The plan will be to do awards at the finish line. If the weather becomes windy, rainy, or cool we will move the awards to Memorial Building. Announcements will be made at the finish line if moving to the Memorial Building.

Please stay as you finish to cheer in all the racers and for a group photo on the Court House steps. Racer times will be posted within 48 hours with Appalachian Timing Group and repeatedly shared throughout the Active SWV communication channels.

Photos and social media

Please use the hashtags; #activeswv #bridgeday5k #almostheaven #bridgeday

Be sure to join us on Snapchat before, during, and after the event. There will be geotag for the 5K and you can find us at @activeswv.

After the event, write a review on Facebook about the event; Review

If the weather cooperates, we will have drone footage at the start line! Thank you to Tim Naylor Photos.

Area attractions and resturants

Visit Fayetteville Tourism Office

Taste of Bridge Day Friday evening

Official Bridge Day webpage

Southern West Virginia Tourism Office

West Virginia State Tourism Office

Adventures on the Gorge

Bridge Jam Concert Friday and Saturday evenings

Thank you!

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. New River Gorge Bridge racers are very special in southern West Virginia.

Thank you to our volunteers, event partners, sponsors, event staff, and first responders. All support large and small contributes to a healthier southern West Virginia. It is a privilege to bring this active event to Bridge Day and have growing support.

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