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Sunday, September 12, 2010 -- Helvetia, WV
Helvetia 10k Mountain Run (iPO Event Id#: 12623)
Sponsored by the Helvetia Fair Association and the WV Mountain Trail Runners (WVMTR)

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Running in Helvetia
The 13th running of the Helvetia 10k Mountain Run is held in conjunction with the 96th Annual Helvetia Fair. After the race you will be treated to some fine Helvetia home baked cookies and muffins, fresh fruit and drinks.

There will be give away prizes for registered runners and walkers. This event is well known for it's cool T-shirts and post race treats, so come join the fun. You may not set a 10K PR, but we bet you'll have a personal best time!

Sign-Up today and print your Entry Form

  • Race Day Registration - 7:00am to 8:30am

  • 10K Trail Run - 9:00am Start, $17 by Aug. 29 /$20 thereafter

    The 10K course is a challenging mix of paved road, dirt road and mountainous trail. The course follows a portion of the route the original Swiss settlers used when first coming to the area in October 1869. You will be crossing creeks and enjoying beautiful views. The first 2 miles are flat along the banks of the Buckhannon River. The next 2.5 miles is a gradual climb of 750 feet along Upper Trout Run to a scenic hilltop, hence the name Mountain Run! The last 1.7 miles quickly descends Zumbach Road back to Helvetia.

  • 2-Mile Walk - 9:00am Start, $17 by Aug. 29 /$20 thereafter

    This non-competitive walk starts immediately behind the 10K pack and follows the same route to the 2 mile mark. Dogs on a leash and strollers are welcome.

  • Kids Fun Run - 8:45am Start, Free Entry /$10 T-shirts available race day.

    This non-competitive Fun Run for kids age 10 and under starts at the same location as the 10k. The 1/4 mile course will turn left on Gruber Road, then left again past the Cheese Haus, over to the Museum, across Troll Bridge to the finish. All participants will receive an award. There is no fee, but parents must complete a registration form for their child. You may pre-registration for your child or register on race day.

  • Water stations will be at mile 2 and 4.5. Split times at 2 miles.

Run History

Kids running fun
In 1998 Jody and Dan Lehmann, with the help of friends and neighbors, organized this event in their small mountain community of Helvetia. It was their first attempt at race directing. The run and walk has never outgrown the village but continues to bring about 70 runners to enjoy the simple beauty of this spot in southern Randolph County. All proceeds go to benefit the Helvetia Community Fair Association.


Helvetia is an unincorporated community in Randolph County, West Virginia. The small town is located approximately 1-hour from Buckhannon or Elkins. The town is 15 minutes from Holly River State Park.

From Buckhannon, WV - go 12 miles on Rt. 20 South to WV Wildlife Center, turn left onto Alexander/Helvetia Road. Follow signs, 20 miles to Helvetia.

From Elkins, WV - go 16 miles on Rt. 219 South to Mill Creek and turn right onto Mill Street. Follow signs, 20 miles to Helvetia.

From Charleston and South, WV - Take I-79N to Flatwoods exit 67. Take Rt. 19 North 20 miles to Ireland then Rt. 4 East (toward Rock Cave). 6 miles to WV Wildlife Center, turn right on the Alexander/Helvetia Road. Follow signs as above.


Free camping is available at the Lehmann Farm situated right on the 10k course. Come for the weekend if you like. Call Dan & Jodi Lehmann or e-mail for information or directions. They will do a short hash or fun run on Saturday Sept. 11 at 5pm followed by a evening around the campfire with brauts, dogs, kraut and even marshmallows. Feel free to bring something. Contact Dan & Jodi Lehmann at (304)924-5835 or e-mail for information or directions.

Special Thanks

Thank you Hutte Restaurant & Beekeeper Inn (304-924-6435) for their continued support all these years.

The 96th Annual Helvetia Fair

Helvetia Fair
Enjoy Swiss history
The isolated community of Helvetia was settled by Swiss starting in 1869, and is known today for maintaining Swiss traditions, food, and folkways. The Helvetia Community Fair is one of the oldest agricultural fairs in West Virginia and one of the most traditional. Since 1914 it has brought the community together to celebrate the harvest and the Swiss heritage.

The Exhibits in the Community Hall reward fresh and canned produce, handicrafts, art, flower arrangements, fabrics, 4H projects, baked goods, and much more. Regional crafters display and sell arts & crafts at the Star Band Hall, the Library sponsors a book sale, fine art and pottery are available at the Wunderbar Gallery, and traditional Swiss meals are found in the Hutte Restaurant.

Don't forget about the Saturday Night Square Dance in the Community Hall. Helvetians are more than happy to help you learn square dancing, polkas, and waltzes.

10K Run Records

1998   Larry   Taylor   36:23   Rebecca Schoonover   47:15
1999  Todd  Price          42:13  Liz  Nashold  45:21
2000  Sid  Gillispie  40:10  Rebecca Schoonover  48:17
2001  Larry  Taylor          36:03  Rebecca Schoonover  47:38
2002  Larry  Taylor          36:45  Rebecca Schoonover  47:44
2003  Larry  Taylor          36:17  Heather Bury          42:54
2004  Larry  Taylor          35:51  Heather Bury          46:34
2005  Larry  Taylor          38:07  Rebecca Schoonover  48:54
2006  Joel  Wolpert  36:59  Heather Parks          40:49
2007  Joel  Wolpert  36:24  Rebecca Schoonover  49:55
2008  Joel  Wolpert  38:52  Heather Parks          46:02
2009  Ron  Hamric          44:17  Heather Parks          43:24

Start Date: 2010-09-12     Start Time: 9:00am
Event Name: Helvetia 10k Mountain Run
Location(s): Helvetia, WV 26224
Event Type(s): Run
  Off Road
Event Distance(s): 10K
Contact(s): Dan Lehmann
   Phone: 304-924-5835
Affiliate(s): West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners
Comments: Affiliated with the 96th Helvetia Fair
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