Bridge Day 5K RUN

Sponsored by WVU Tech

Bridge Day 2020 has been canceled. We are now planning for Bridge Day 2021.

October 16th 2021

This event is very important to Active SWV and the Kids Run Clubs it supports. The Active SWV Bridge Day 5K RUN provides the highest level of quality, safety, and accommodation possible for participants. Each racer has a responsibility to understand event logistics and follow security guidelines. Please read all event details below to ensure a smooth race experience.

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


Bridge Day overview and security guidelines

In light of COVID-19, please check back regularly as security guidelines may change.

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:

  • 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

Limited to 400 racers

Race registration will include:
Performance wear event shirt (if registered by Oct.1st)
Racer packet
Friday evening packet pick up
Race day packet pick up
Bus transportation before and after the race
Security checkpoints
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

*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 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.

Take advantage of the early registration pricing. There are no refunds if you cannot 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: 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]

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 8:30am 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 location 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 southbound lane to meet at the start line. You will see Active SWV flags posted at the location.

Racers who picked up their chip number Friday evening, can report directly to the southbound side of the highway 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 visible on the front of your shirt. 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. Headphones are discouraged.

We do our best to keep this course close to a 5K distance, but with a point to point course there could be 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 arrows and “Active SWV” 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.

Course map:

Finish line details

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

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, and for a group photo on the Courthouse 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

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

Area attractions and restaurants:

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

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.

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.

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