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Saturday, June 6, 2009 -- Morgantown, WV / Deckers Creek Trail
9th Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon (iPO Event Id#: 11862)
Hazel Ruby-McQuain Park, 1125 University Ave. Morgantown, WV 26505

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To Register Print your [Entry Form] (pdf) or register online at Active.com

Deckers Creek Race
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A mostly downhill course, the Deckers Creek Trail has an elevation drop of approximately 800 feet over the span of the 13.1 mile distance. The Deckers Creek Trail is a two-surface course, providing a challenging, yet enjoyable experience for runners.

Race starts at 9:00 am. Transportation will be provided by WVU Hospitals to the Deckers Creek Trailhead in Masontown. Buses will be leaving at 8:15 a.m., make sure you catch the bus!

The trail surface is packed limestone for the first 10.4 miles and asphalt for the final 2.7 miles. The half-marathon begins in Masontown, WV and finishes at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown. There will be seven water stops along the way.

Awards announced at 1:00 pm, custom awards are presented to:

  • Overall open class 1st thru 5th male
  • Overall open class 1st thru 5rd female
  • Top three male finishers in each age group: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Top three female finishes in each age group: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50+
  • The Caboose Award

Race Coverage

Photos, recap, and results will be posted here on iplayoutside.com

Race-Day Registration and Packet Pick-up

Registration and packet pick-up will be from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. only at Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown, WV. Transportation will be provided by WVU Hospitals to the Deckers Creek Trailhead in Masontown. Buses will be leaving at 8:15 a.m., make sure you catch the bus!

All proceeds benefit Mon River Trails Conservancy (MRTC) to help construct, manage, and maintain the Mon River and Deckers Creek Trails.

Timing

Professional timing provided by Morgantown RoadRunners. Course support and race timing will close at 12:00 pm.

Sponsors

West Virginia University Hospitals for the bus shuttle to the race start, Morgantown Roadrunners for the race timing, rockin' mountain-made music by Sam Lamont (guitar and vocals) and Vince Farsetta (banjo and vocals), refreshments from Casa D'Amici, Clarion Hotel Morgan, The Flying Fish and Co., Maxwell's Restaurant, Oliverio's Marketplace, Pepsi Bottling Company, PowerBar, and Waterfront Place Hotel. With funding from Adventure's Edge, AECOM, Boston Beanery, Dynamic Physical Therapy, Francis Engineering, MedExpress, Mountain State Blue Cross Blue Shield, Pat Wildeman, Wamsley Cycles, Waterfront Jeep, and the city of Morgantown.

Trail Maps/ Course

Beginning at Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown, the trail parallels Deckers Creek and Scenic Byway Route 7 East to slightly west of Reedsville, WV in Preston County. From the confluence of Monongahela River in Morgantown, the rail-trail follows scenic Deckers Creek upstream with noticeable elevation change of 1,000 feet over 19 miles. In Morgantown city limits, the trail is asphalt, outside Morgantown the trail is surfaced with a smooth crushed limestone.

This trail provides easy access to Marilla Park, a Morgantown city park with a swimming pool & water slides, tennis courts, and playground as well as neighboring restaurants & food stores. Outside of Morgantown city limits, the landscape becomes very scenic and secluded with hardwoods, hemlock & rhododendron, and rock outcroppings. The trail provides a close-up view of Greer Limestone, an active limestone mine.

Near the communities of Masontown and Bretz, the trail passes an abandoned row of coke ovens, remnants from a large coal-mining industry. The Bretz Coke Ovens are listed as a National Historic Landmark and are currently being considered for restoration & interpretation.

Highly-experienced kayakers paddle Deckers Creek, which has some Class VI rapids and rock climbing is also popular in the region. The trail currently ends at Morgan Mine Road. Less than a mile from the trail on Route 92 is the Arthurdale Heritage District and Museum. The entire community of Arthurdale is on the National Register of Historic Places, recognized as the Nations First New Deal Homestead Community.

Trail maps are also available at The Greater Morgantown CVB, 201 High Street, Suite 3, Morgantown, WV 26505, 1-800-458-7373 and online at:
http://www.montrails.org/maps.shtml


Start Date: 2009-06-06     Start Time: 9:00am
Event Name: Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon
Location(s): Morgantown, WV 26505
Hazel Ruby-McQuain Park, 1125 University Ave. Morgantown, WV 26505
Event Type(s): Run
Event Distance(s): 13.1mi
Contact(s): Ella Belling
   Phone: 304-296-6185
   Email: ella@montrails.org
Affiliate(s): Mon River Trails Conservancy
Comments: live music, refreshments, celebrate National Trails Day
Offsite URL: www.montrails.org/events9dcthm.shtml