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Saturday, May 7, 2011 -- Kingwood, WV
Cheat River Festival 5K (iPO Event Id#: 13302)

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Cheat Fest 5K photo by Maria af Rolen
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The first 100 registered runners will receive a free race T-Shirt and all registered runners will receive free admission to the Cheat River Festival! Non-Racers can enter Cheat Fest with a $15 donation. Children are admitted free.

Unique Awards

Age group winners will receive beautiful ceramic medallions, and overall winners will receive sculpted ceramic bowls. All awards are dyed with EnvironOxide, a pigment recovered from acid mine drainage streams.


Water and snacks will be available for runners immediately following the race. Everyone can purchase additional food and beverages from the many quality vendors on the festival grounds.

Photos . Results

Race recap, photos, and times will be available on-line at


This course is a relatively flat fast loop circling the Preston County Country Club Golf Course. Located of off route 7 east of Kingwood next to Camp Dawson.


    From I-68

    Take Exit 23 toward Bruceton Mills. Turn onto Route 26 South. Follow Route 26 approx. 10 miles past the Cheat River Festival Site and past the Albright Exxon Station and Kwik Stop. Turn left onto St. Joe's Road (Route 7/12) immediately before the Cheat River Bridge. Follow St. Joe's Road for approximately 3 miles. Make the right immediately before the intersection with Route 7 at the Caddell Bridge. Registration will be on the left adjacent to the Preston County Country Club Pro Shop.

    From Route 7 (Morgantown)

    Follow Route 7 South from Morgantown through Kingwood. Immediately after crossing the Cheat River at Caddell Bridge make a left onto St. Joe's Road and another immediate left back underneath of Route 7. Registration will be on the left adjacent to the Preston County Country Club Pro Shop.

Start Date: 2011-05-07     Start Time: 10:00am
Event Name: Cheat River Festival 5K
Location(s): Kingwood, WV 26537
Event Type(s): Run
Event Distance(s): 5K
Contact(s): Andrew Miller - FOC
   Phone: 304-329-3621
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About Friends of the Cheat

Friends of the Cheat was formed in 1994 after the T&T mine, which had been illegally sealed, blew out which sent millions of gallons of acid mine drainage (AMD) down Muddy Creek and into the Cheat River Canyon.

Friends of the Cheat
Friends of the Cheat (FOC)
This event sparked the formation of Friends of the Cheat (FOC) and the River of Promise Coalition, a partnership between various stakeholders committed to implementing AMD remediation projects within the watershed.

Since its inception, Friends of the Cheat has brought in over four million dollars to the watershed for AMD remediation and has installed 13 AMD treatment systems.

The organization's recent remediation efforts have been focused on Sovern Run, where Friends of the Cheat just completed a refurbishment and expansion of the Sovern 62 treatment system in the summer of 2010.

Betty and Paul Connelly, homeowners in the Sovern watershed, have seen the results of FOC's efforts, "We have had the cabin by the little waterfall for over 30 years with no aquatic life whatsoever. Small fish were living this past fall, near the end of the Sovern Run. I cannot tell you what a thrill it was to see them for the first time! When the other two long-term landowners nearby, Dan and Cliff, came by this summer we were all like kids. We found some bread and began throwing it in to see the little guys rise."

While AMD remediation is the organization's main focus, FOC has taken on a number of other restoration, education, environmental recreation, and economic development projects. Friends of the Cheat is currently developing the Doug Ferris Outdoor Classroom, a facility for environmental and water resource education, as well as a trail along the scenic Cheat Narrows. FOC will also be restoring a section of Saltlick Creek using natural stream design techniques this spring.