Have you ever wondered about running events in Jefferson County West Virginia? Jefferson County provides the perfect backdrop for a variety of running events. Whether raising money for charitable causes or attempting to break the world record in the 5k, runners of all levels will enjoy the ideal weather conditions, the history, and charming hospitality of Shepherdstown, Charles Town, and Harper’s Ferry.
Freedom’s Run, on October 12, 2013 is the premiere fall running event in the eastern panhandle of West Virginia. The event is hosted and presented by Shepherd University, The Shepherd Wellness Center, the Robert C. Byrd Heath Sciences Center Eastern Division, and the West Virginia University Hospitals East. The event includes a marathon, half-marathon, 10k, 5k, and a kid’s Fun Run.
The marathon course starts in the historic Civil War town of Harper’s Ferry in Harper’s Ferry National Park, and then winds up the Maryland side of the Potomac River through the C & O Canal Historical National Park. A section of the race goes through the Antietam National Battlefield before swinging back across the Potomac into West Virginia, and finishing in Shepherdstown. The half-marathon, 10k, 5k, and kid’s Fun Run start and finish in Shepherdstown.
In early spring, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown along with the Potomac Valley Audubon Society hosts “This Race is for the Birds”. There’s a 4+ mile trail race, a 7+ mile trail race, a 2 mile ‘Eagle nest’ jog/walk, and a 1 mile ‘fun run’ for children under 10.
The courses run along trails through forests and fields along the Potomac River that are not normally open to the public. Beautiful spring wildflowers line the course. Plus, participants get to see an active bald eagle’s nest!
In May, the Harpers Ferry Half Marathon, 4 mile trail run, and Kid’s Run takes place in historic Harpers Ferry. The challenging half marathon course winds through Harpers Ferry National Historic Park and along trails and roads with expansive views of the Shenandoah and Potomac Rivers. The race is presented by Two Rivers Treads, River Riders, and Two Rivers Heritage. The Kid’s Run is free for children under 10 years old.
Last year’s event benefitted two local non-profit organizations: Eastern Panhandle Indigo Children (EPIC) which helps children with autism; and the Outdoor Education Center of For Love of Children (OEC of FLOC) which helps healthy character development for youths and adults in an outdoor classroom.
Shepherdstown, Charles Town, and Harpers Ferry are not just great communities to raise a family, they’re great places to raise a healthy family. Visit Linda Kilroy Real Estate to find out more about purchasing a home in this great area in West Virginia. Also, please attend the running events in Jefferson County West Virginia.