signature events

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!


Active Southern West Virginia Signature Events bring quality fundraising 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 Signature Event has its own page to learn more. You can also find out more about volunteering for events at the bottom of this page.


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.

Lake Stephens FInns UP 5K

July 20, 2024

Location: Lake Stephens – Pavillion

5K Race: Starting at the Lake Stephens Pavilion, the Finns Up 5k takes you on a picturesque journey along a relatively flat out-and-back course. The gravel dirt service trail guides you through an even wooded trail, offering a perfect balance of challenge and enjoyment. The 5K will be chip timed and is open to all ages wanting to podium. Awards will be given to top finishers in each division. 

Kids Splash Dash: Starting at the Lake Stephens Pavilion, the Kids Splash Dash is a free non-timed fun run for youth ages 12 and under. 

  Registration Coming Soon
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Run the Summit


Location: The Bechtel Summit Reserve

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 between a 5k or 8k distance and plan to spend the weekend in the area with add on adventure activities and lodging recommendations.


 Registration Coming Soon
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Swing Fore! Southern WV Golf Tournament

August 30, 2024

Location: Bridge Haven Golf Course

Come out for a fun day of golf, special event prizes, a buy-in putting contest and more – accompanied by a delicious lunch! Tournament format will be a 4-person scramble (best ball). Registration includes lunch and a goodie bag with assorted aids including a mulligan and red tee per player. 

Registration Coming Soon 
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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.

RunSign Up Registration
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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.

Two race challenge: Over-under


If you have completed the 2023 Bridge Day 5k then next complete the New River Gorge Rim to Rim Race on May 4, 2024 running 6 miles under the bridge.
Finish both races and receive a custom pin to add to your race medal ribbon on May 4, 2024. 

Volunteers are always needed and are the key to a great event. Please fill out the form linked below or contact our office if you would like to support these great opportunities (and have some fun)!
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