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Saturday, January 16, 2010 -- Fairmont, WV / Prickett's Fort State Park
5th Annual Run to Read Half Marathon (iPO Event Id#: 12308)

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    Update: Race Date Changed from Jan. 9 to Jan. 16

    The half marathon is postponed until 1/16/10 due to ice on the trails. Race director, Jim Woolfitt, had a lengthy discussion with Marion County Parks and Recreation (MCPARC) director Dan Talbott yesterday at Prickett's Fort. His crew can plow the snow off the trails on which the race is run but the cold temperatures are making it very difficult to remove the icy crust from the trail.

    Packet Pick-Up Update

    Packet pick-up and the post-race refreshments are both at Prickett's Fort. Directions are below. There is no change.

    Jim and his race crew are not 100% sure if they will have use of the Prickett's Fort Visitor's center or not. If they do not, packet pickup and late registration will be held outside. The bathrooms should still be available.

    Options for Pre-Registered Racers

    For those who are pre-registered & unable to attend on the 16th, they are offering free registration either to their next half marathon on January 8, 2011 or their summer event, the Run to Read 15K/5K, on June 12, 2010 also held in Fairmont, WV.

    Pre-registrants who would like to get a free entry need to e-mail or mail a letter to LVMC, 601 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554 by Jan. 30, 2010. Pre-registrants who would like to get a free entry need to e-mail or mail a letter to LVMC, 601 Locust Avenue, Fairmont, WV 26554 by Jan. 30, 2010. Check for further details.

    Extended Registration

    If you know anyone who might be interested in registering they will extend the pre-registration deadline until Jan. 11, 2010 for mailed entries. They are working with signmeup to extend the deadline for online registrations.

    Lodging Update

    The Fairmont Holiday Inn is offering a special rate for the weekend of Jan.16. People who have already made reservations for the weekend of Jan. 9 need to contact the Holiday Inn and cancel those reservations. For anyone with irreversible plans to travel to the area this weekend, there is a 10-mile race in western Maryland.

    Race director, Jim Woolfitt and crew are sorry for any inconvenience that this has caused. So far, there are over 170 pre-registered runners from 11 states and Canada, a new record. This event would not normally get postponed due to cold temps in the teens or twenties. They feel that the race course is currently unsafe with the ice that is present.

    Feel free to e-mail Jim at

Sign-up today! Pre-Register

Run to Read half-marathon Photo

Prickett's Fort State Park, located two miles from I-79 at Exit 139, north of Fairmont, West Virginia. Follow signs to the park. For more information go to


  • Begins at 12 noon.

  • Gloves & knit hats for the first 200 registrants. Availability limited on race day.

  • Timing and results by Miles of Smiles Timing Services


These are guaranteed. Numbers may be increased if pre-registration totals warrant.

Female // Overall top 5
19 & under (2), 20-24 (3), 25-29 (3), 30-34 (3), 35-39 (2), 40-44 (3), 45-49 (2), 50-54 (2), 55 & over (1)

Male // Overall top 5
14 & under (1), 15-19 (2), 20-24 (2), 25-29 (2), 30-34 (3), 35-39 (4), 40-44 (4), 45-49 (3), 50-54 (3), 55-59 (3), 60-64 (1), 65 & over (1)

Awards to be presented as runners cross the finish line.


Download the Race Map - This is a double out and back course. Starting on the paved Mcparc Trail running through the Meredith tunnel and back to Prickett's Fort. The first section is blacktop & is about 4.2 miles in length. The second section will be run on the Mon River Trail which is crushed limestone and the race will finish on ths trail. USATF sanctioned.


The Fairmont Holiday Inn (located right off I-79, exit 137) is offering a special flat rate effective Friday 1/8/10 or Saturday 1/9/10 or both nights. The rate is $56 + tax. This applies for 1 to 4 occupants per room. Checkout time is noon (same as the half-marathon start time) but a later check out time may be negotiated depending upon how busy they are. Call 1-800-Holiday or 1-304-366-5500 and mention the code RTR.


  • All proceeds will benefit Literacy Volunteers of Marion County, a United Way agency. LVMC provides free tutoring to adults & children in basic reading, math, ESL (english as a second language), GED preparation, computer basics & related subjects. LVMC is accredited by Pro Literacy Worldwide.

  • Special thanks to Marion County Parks and Recreation for all their help.

Additional Info

Pictures will be taken by our volunteers and posted on as well as race results. Snow date will be 1/16/10. Call 304/825-6311 the morning of 1/9/10 if in doubt. If no one answers, assume the race is on!

There are 5 water stops. Bathrooms in the building next to the vistor's center. More bathrooms in the lower parking lot.

DVD's of the 2009 race are available for $20 which includes shipping & handling. Contact the Race Director by e-mail at for details.

Check also check out the summer event Run to Read Races 15K/5K.

Start Date: 2010-01-16     Start Time: 12:00pm
Event Name: 5th Annual Run to Read Half Marathon
Location(s): Fairmont, WV 26554
Prickett's Fort State Park
Event Type(s): Run
  Off Road
Event Distance(s): 13.1mi
Contact(s): Jim Woolfitt
   Phone: 304-366-6055
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