Active SWV Races

Race for a cause

Active SWV Races bring quality fundraising race events to southern West Virginia. These fee based races raise funds for the free programs of Active SWV while providing more opportunity for family friendly and beginner racers. Each Race Event has its own page to learn more. You can also find out more about volunteering for events at the bottom of this page.

2024 Races

West Virginia offers beautiful venues of rolling hills, country roads, and local hospitality. Join us for your first race experience or add any of our races to your bucket list!


May 4, 2024

Location: New River Gorge National Park and Preserve and Adventures on the Gorge

The New River Gorge Rim to Rim Race is a 6 mile running road race from one rim of the New River Gorge, down to the bottom where you’ll cross over the New River, then back to the rim of the other side with a short trail section to finish. This bucket list event will provide runners with breathtaking views throughout the course in the adventure sports capital of West Virginia – Fayetteville.

Rim 2 Rim is part of the West Virginia Wild & Wonderful Race Series. Complete races in different regions to earn commemorative prizes. 

Star Spangled Races AT WOLF CREEK TRAILS 5K and 15K

July 6, 2024

Location: Bridge Brew Works 

Join us for an exhilarating adventure amidst the breathtaking scenery of the Wolf Creek Trails in Fayetteville, WV, as we present the Star Spangled Races at Wolf Creek Trails 5K and 15K Run powered by Active SWV races.  The Fire Cracker 5K and the Seldom Seen 15K will start and finish at Bridge Brew Works. Both these races offer a blend of challenge and excitement as you navigate through a lush-wooded area and rolling trails. Kids ages 12 and under get to race in the 5K for FREE. 


Lake Stephens Finns Up 5K

July 20, 2024

Location: Lake Stephens

Active SWV Races in conjunction with Raleigh County Parks Beach Bash Party is holding a 5K race for all you running sharks out there. There will also be a free kids’ race for all the minnows wanting to test their fins prior to the beach bash. Come out to this family friendly event and enjoy all Lake Stephens has to offer. Further details TBA.

Bridge Day 5K Run

October 19, 2024

Location: Fayetteville, WV

The Active SWV Bridge Day 5K RUN is a race across the New River Gorge Bridge. Racers must maintain a jogging pace for the first mile of this event. This event is hosted during the larger Bridge Day event requiring specific racer instructions and guidelines.

Bridge Day 5K is part of the West Virginia Wild and & Wonderful Race Series. Complete races in different regions to earn commemorative prizes. 

ugly sweater fun run/walk

December 2024

Location: Fayette County Park

Walk or run as many laps as you like for one hour. This is not a timed race and there are not awards. Children 10 and under are free. $10 per person. Stroller friendly. There will be an Ugly Sweater contest.

About Active SWV Races


Be a part of something bigger with the Active SWV Race Series. This movement is more than just racing; it’s about supporting our entire community. We’re dedicated to providing the best experiences for all, from beginners and families to the seasoned racer.  Our races take place in the New River Gorge region, and some are even in the New River Gorge National Park. When you register for one of our races, you’re directly contributing to our free programming opportunities like Community Captains, Kids Run Clubs, Kids Hike Clubs, and Kids Disc Golf Clubs.

 By joining one or more of Active SWV Races, you’ll not only receive an unforgettable race experience in wild and wonderful West Virginia, but also make a direct impact on your community. Your contribution makes a difference to the almost 1000 members and children we support with our free Active SWV Community Captain led programming and our youth clubs throughout West Virginia. So challenge yourself, be proud of your physical achievements, and know that you’re making a positive difference.


Get ready for the Wild and Wonderful Race Series! Discover West Virginia’s world-class scenery, enjoy healthy activities, and make a positive economic contribution to our communities. The Wild and Wonderful Race Series is more than just a partnership of local races; it’s a movement that encourages racers to get to know different regions of the state.

Complete races in 3 out of 4 of the regions and receive a commemorative t-shirt. Complete at least one race in each of the 4 regions, and you’ll earn the t-shirt and a commemorative hoody. The four regions include Fayetteville, Tucker County, Elk River Trail, and Cass/Marlington. Our two eligible races are the Bridge Day 5k and the Rim to Rim Race. For more information, visit the 2024 Wild and Wonderful Race Series.


Volunteers are always needed are the key to a great event. Please fill out the form linked below or contact our office if you like to support these great opportunities (and have some fun)! [email protected] | (304) 254-8488