Ridge Runner Races 2007
"Ridge Runner Marathon"


This marathon which is hosted by North Bend State Park captures the beautiful scenery of West Virginia in the summer, but also provides a challenge for even the most experienced runner. Ours is the only USATF certified marathon in the state, and is essential for those looking to run a marathon in all 50 states. The course covers a variety of terrains, and takes you through a few small local towns.

The marathon both begins and ends in North Bend State Park, but most is ran outside of the park along local roads and trails. By trails we mean the nearby North Bend Rail Trail, which was converted from a railroad to a dirt/gravel recreation trail. Click Here for a map of the marathon course and a description is given below.

Description of marathon course:
The runners will begin near the park entrance where Low Gap Road meets the park boundary (shown in green). They will then continue on Low Gap Rd. until they reach Rt. 31 where they will take a left toward the town of Harrisville. Runners will go through Harrisville and will head toward Ellenboro along Rt. 16. Once you are in Ellenboro, the next step is to move onto the North Bend Rail Trail. Runners will go under Hwy. 50 and under the Rail Trail itself and loop back to the right and get onto to rail trail at a local access point. The Rail Trail is not shown on this map, but it makes almost a straight line from Ellenboro to Cornwallis which is approximately 5 miles. Out of Cornwallis you will come back uphill along Rt. 5 to the park entrance and into the park. The Finish Line is located past the park lodge, near the campground and amphitheater.

The course in total covers the required 26.2 miles and is a marathon that is unique, and is nothing like the same old marathon you see on TV. The local elevation ranges anywhere from 600' - 1000' and the marathon is run in June so be prepared for warm weather and stay hydrated.

"Ridge Runner 10 Mile Run"

Like the marathon, the 10 mile run both begins and ends in the park, but follows a completely different course. The entire course is either paved or gravel and requires no trail running. Click here for a map of the 10 Mile Run and see course directions below.

10 Mile Run course description:
The race will begin near the park lodge and like the marathon will start out Low Gap Road which is straight out of the park entrance. The course will then go onto Low Gap Run, which then meets Rt. 31/7 where you will go right toward Rt. 31 and Cairo. You will then turn right onto 31 and head into Cairo, and you will go through Cairo. On the opposite side of Cairo, you will turn right onto Rt. 8 or Bonds Creek Rd. This will wind around taking you back toward the park as seen on the map. Before you reach Cornwallis, you will turn right onto Rt. 5 and cross the river and head up the hill toward the park entrance. You will turn left and head into the park and toward the finish line.

Register online at www.active.com

For more information on the Ridge Runner Races contact:
Jenny Cogar
1-304-643-2931 or 1-800-CALL-WVA
[email protected] Marathon Certification: The marathon course USA Track and Field Association certification number is USATF #WV 95021.
Entry Fees:
Marathon and 10 K $30.00 by May 4, 2007
$35.00 after May 4, 2007

You may register online at www.active.com
Or print a registration form to be mailed.

Friday 6/1/07
Race Packet Pick-up - 6 - 9 pm For those pre-registered in Lodge Lobby
Pasta Dinner - 5 - 8 pm in Lodge Restaurant
Race Clinic - 7:30 pm in Conference Room
     Pre-race, race and post race tips and Q&A time.

Saturday 6/2/07
Race Registration - 6 - 8 am at Lodge Lobby
Marathon - 6:00 am (early start 4+ hr runners)
Marathon - 7:00 am start
     start at Maintenance Shop

10 Mile - 9:00 am start at Lodge
Awards Ceremony - 1:00 pm at finish lines
     Both races finish at Amphitheater

Stations offering water and Powerade brand sports drink will be in place approximately every two miles throughout the marathon and 10 mile courses. Water, Powerade and citrus fruit will be available at the finish of all races. Showers will be available to all runners. Van service is available from the finish line area to the lodge. Police and paramedics will be on stand-by.

North Bend Logo, Ridge Runner Marathon