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Saturday, April 14, 2012 -- Danese, WV / Babcock State Park
The Gristmill Grinder
Half Marathon . 5K Walk (iPO Event Id#: 14002)

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2012 Registration

THIS EVENT IS FULL! Limited to 260 runners, NO race day registration.

The 2012 Babcock Gristmill Grinder is to be the biggest yet with more than 233 runners have already registered, register today! Part of the 2012 Trail Runner Magazine Trophy Series.

Babcock Gristmill Photo by Julie Black
View of the Gristmill in Babcock State Park
Trail Run Half Marathon

Run the same awesome course of tunnels, cliffs, overlooks, rocks, bridges, mud and more. It's majestically beautiful.

5K Walk

Don't forget the 5K walk, tell friends and family they can come join in too.

Food Drive . Donations

The crew will have a food drive for the local food pantry. Please bring canned goods to help out. There is also a fund raising effort for Children's Hunger Fund. You may make individual donations (tax deductible) and the event will make a donation as well.

Gristmill Grinder Half Marathon
More than 233 runners have already registered!
Post Race Eats

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

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.


    These fine establishments support the event, please support them:

  • Babcock State Park (
    Cabins and camping available.

  • O'Possum Creek Retreat (
    Nice deluxe cabins, several sizes and types available. About 20 minutes from the park. PLEASE mention you are here for the Gristmill Grinder! (phone) 888-488-4836

  • The Ponderosa Lodge (
    Near the park is a Bed and Breakfast in a beautiful mountain setting is The Ponderosa Lodge. The whole lodge can be reserved for a reasonable fee and individual rooms may also be available. Please tell them you are here for the Babcock Gristmill Grinder! Go to - The Ponderosa Lodge & Farm: Group Retreats and Family Vacation Lodging on a Family Farm in the New River Gorge Region, West Virginia.

  • Hemlock Haven (
    Nice deluxe cabins, also dog friendly just 15 minutes from Babcock. Mention you are here for the Babcock Gristmill Grinder.

  • Quality Inn - Fayetteville, WV
    The Quality Inn is also giving us a sweet offer, mention the "Grinder" for discounted rooms. It is close to town and all the shops and fine eateries. (phone) 304-574-3443

  • ACE Adventure Center (
    ACE is near Oak Hill, WV. The resort also has cabins of many types. They are putting together a lodging package for "The Grinder" combined with their Canopy Tours! Sounds fun huh? (phone) 800-787-3982, PLEASE mention you are here for the Gristmill Grinder

Many thanks the the event's many SPONSORS.

Start Date: 2012-04-14     Start Time: 10:00am
Event Name: The Gristmill Grinder Half Marathon
Location(s): Danese, WV 25831
Babcock State Park
Event Type(s): Run
  Off Road
Event Distance(s): 3mi 13.1mi
Contact(s): Donnie Hudspeth - Mountain Air Productions
Comments: Half Marathon Trail Run
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