Run the summit

Join us in the heart of Appalachia at the Summit Bechtel Reserve to experience running West Virginia’s wild and wonderful terrain. This 10,000 acre reserve has robust wilderness and resort facilities to offer a unique race-cation on the boarder of the New River Gorge National Park and Preserve. Choose your distance and plan to spend the weekend in the area with add on adventure activities and lodging recommendations.

Registration open now!

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The Hare Raising 5K will travel on packed gravel trails with limited elevation passing around Tridave Lake.

The Grouse Flush 10K will start on packed gravel trails and then dart into the flowing trails and brush along mountain bike trails.

The Grin & Bear It Half Marathon will dive deep into an adventurous wilderness loop.

The Deer Dash Kids 1 Mile Sprint will go across the CONSOL Energy Bridge and back. 

All the races will stagger start crossing the CONSOL Energy Bridge.

This preliminary map shows all three race events.

Blue – 5K on packed gravel & wooden boardwalks, relatively flat

Green – 10K on packed gravel and wide trails with some inclines

Green and Red – Half Marathon on packed gravel, wide trails, and single track trails with two steep sections

*Updated maps and descriptions coming soon


Grin & Bear It Half Marathon Race

Follows the same path as the Grouse Flush 10K, on packed gravel, dirt  trails, then continues to Garden Ground Mountain before returning via the Canopy Adventure Area back  to Bravo Base Camp. 

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Grouse Flush 10K Race

Starts near the CONSOL Energy Bridge at Bravo Base Camp and follows  packed gravel, dirt trails through Action Point, then passing Tridave Lake and looping around Adventure Valley, finishing back at Bravo Base Camp. 

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Hare Raising 5K Race

Follows packed gravel trails and boardwalks looping around Goodrich Lake with limited elevation, beginning and ending near the CONSOL Energy Bridge at Base Camp Bravo. 

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Deer Dash Kids Sprint Race

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for a good cause

Proceeds will benefit the free programs offered by Active Southern West Virginia for the communities in southern West Virginia. This includes free elementary school Kids Run Clubs, fitness certifications for volunteers, equipment for Workplace Wellness, and projects that support equity in walkability and bike-ability of rural communities.

Summit amenities

Situated in the wilds of West Virginia, The Summit Bechtel Reserve is a training, Scouting, and adventure center for the millions of youth and adults involved in the Boy Scouts of America and anyone who loves the outdoors. The Summit Bechtel Reserve is also home to the National Scout Jamboree and the Paul R. Christen National High Adventure Base.

Summit Reservations

Activities need to be reserved by 3/24/22

Advanced reservations are needed for all lodging, add on activities, and meals by 3/24/22. Discount pricing provided for registered racers. Run the Summit lodging discount code: RUNSBR2022. 


become a sponsor


Sponsors will benefit from four months of event promotion and can expect exposure through press releases, social media, television interviews, radio interviews, monthly newsletters, and signage during the event. Website links can be included, and sponsorships can be customized.

All funds raised at the Run the Summit event will support free physical activity programs across Nicholas, Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, Kanawha, and Boone counties. Active SWV’s mission as a non-profit is to provide an ecosystem of physical activity for the residents of southern West Virginia by offering programs led by trained volunteers from within the communities they serve. Active SWV seeks for everyone to enjoy a healthy and active lifestyle by targeting populations that face the greatest economic and social barriers with our free programs.

The Run the Summit race event is an exciting and unique opportunity that will draw attention from many people in the area and surrounding states. We hope to reach at least 1,000 racers in this 2022 event. This event will take place entirely on the Summit property with all racers starting and finishing on the CONSOL Energy Bridge. An Appalachian themed lunch and awards ceremony will follow.

Secure your spot as a sponsor today. Please contact the Active SWV executive director for additional questions and commitments at or (304)254-8488. Customized promotions can be arranged.


Platinum: $5,000 – $9,999

Gold: $3,000 – $4,999

Silver: $2,000 – $2,999

Bronze: $500 – $1,000


Your business or organization can be part of the event by offering aid station supplies, racer packet inserts, finish line snacks, signage and flagging, or through volunteering as a course marshal the day of the race. 

racers can expect

Race entry includes an Appalachian themed lunch at the Fork in the Road Dining Hall and finisher awards; pork loin, baked apples, roasted veggies, salad bar, dessert, drinks, and a cash bar. 

Racers will receive an event shirt and high-quality race sticker. Top finisher will be awarded race medals in 10-year age groups for male and female.

Chip timing, aid stations, and morning packet pick up will be provided. 

Location: Summit Bechtel Reserve –

Nestled in the wilds of West Virginia, the Summit Bechtel Reserve is an expansive 10,000 acre property boasting world-class facilities, scenic views, lodging and recreational activities that are second to none. This impressive property is home to numerous notable features such as one of the largest amphitheaters in the world, over 70 miles of multi-use trails, one of the largest Outdoor Skateparks in the country, a 3,300 ft zipline and much more. Several new additions to the property include a private boutique hotel and a family adventure camp.

A little background: In 2013, the Summit opened its doors as the Boy Scouts of America’s the 4th National High Adventure Base and the future home of all National Scout Jamborees. Some additional highlights include a partnership with West Virginia University where the Summit is a host site for Science Adventure School for thousands of sixth graders from around the state each fall. In recent years, the Summit has expanded operations to better serve the local community by hosting events for businesses and organizations.