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Saturday, April 16, 2011 -- Danese, WV / Babcock State Park
The Gristmill Grinder Half Marathon Trail Run (iPO Event Id#: 13168)

2011: [Coverage] [Photos] [Overall Results] [Results by Class]

Past Coverage: [2005] [2006] [2007] [2008] [2009] [2010]

2011 Registration . . . Register online ( or print [ Entry Form ]

7th Year of The Grinder . . . This truly spectacular trail course through the rugged terrain of Babcock State Park. This event will challenge you with single track trails, roots, rocks, mud, and occasional short road sections. Then it will reward you with spectacular overlooks, lush green moss and ferns, rhododendron tunnels, waterfalls and more. Most of the climbs are short and steep, followed by long and gradual downhill sections. The last few miles will take you along the old Sewell road beside beautiful Glade Creek, and up to and past the famous Gristmill and then around Boley Lake.

Race starts at 10:00 am. This event has grown every year, if you have never done this course you owe it to yourself to check it out.

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Post Race Eats

The entry fee includes a $5 meal ticket in the race packet to restaurants in Fayetteville! There are excellent eateries in Fayetteville - Cathedral Cafe, Gumbo's, Pies & Pints and DiOGi's to name a few. Fruit, Pasta Salad, water and more sports drinks will be at the finish.

To Benefit

Proceeds will go to the Children's Hunger Fund (
Download your pdf pledge form and help make a difference.


The half marathon trail run consists of a "figure 8" loop course. Read more.

Babcock Gristmill Photo by Julie Black
View of the Gristmill in Babcock State Park
Race Location

Babcock State Park
486 Babcock Road
Clifftop, WV 25831


[ Directions to the Park ]

Parking, Registration/Packet Pick-Up Area

Enter Babcock State Park at the Main Entrance. Go past the Gristmill, left and up the paved road. Continue past the lake & pool parking lot to the Sugar Camp Run Picnic Area. This will be the Start & Finish for the race. Packet pick up and race day registration will begin at 8:00 am in the morning.


For reservations at the Babcock State Park Cabins contact the park at 800-CALL-WVA or visit Some special deals and discounts for participants are available, e-mail for more info:

Race Sponsors

Start Date: 2011-04-16     Start Time: 10:00am
Event Name: The Gristmill Grinder Half Marathon Trail Run
Location(s): Danese, WV 25831
Babcock State Park (5K Fun Walk too!)
Event Type(s): Run
  Off Road
Event Distance(s): 3mi 13.1mi
Contact(s): Donnie Hudspeth - Mountain Air Productions
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