Breaking News! – Get outa here! Robert’s Run Walk Shop has stepped up big time for the shirt/bib pickup on Friday from 4:30P – 7:30P. Lola’s is delivering 25 pies at 5:30PM. They will have soft drinks to wash it down. Lola’s is some premium grub, but this is no fancy affair. Just runners standing around breaking bread and talking.
Come on down and enjoy. The more the merrier. Avoid the lines on race day.
The Dirty Dog is only a few days away. Here are some more dirty details about Saturday’s event. Please review some important race day notes to help make the day go as smoothly as possible.
Running weather perfection is in the forecast for Saturday – It will be clear with an overnight low of 55 degrees warming to 82 degrees around 2PM. the forest runs a few degrees cooler. I suspect it will be in the high 60’s when the race starts.
They started road resurfacing at the I-64 Eastbound at the I-64/I-77 split in Charleston causing nightly lane closures weekdays 8:00 pm – 6:00 am. and weekend lane closures from Fri. at 8:00 pm – Mon. at 6:00 am. This shouldn’t impact you race morning, but please consider adding 5-10 minutes to your travel time.
Please be advised, after you get to city center in Charleston, it will take another 25 minutes to get you to the race registration and start line area within Kanawha State Forest. The race start is in the back of the forest, down a two lane road, past the entrance to the campground. There will be signs directing you in that area. The race is NOT at the pool. The race will start at 9:00AM. Please anticipate the larger crowd and allow yourself enough time to get safely to the start and get parked.
We provide every runner with a bottle of water, fresh fruit, and snacks. We also will have water for dogs and homemade dog treats, too.
Many people have graciously volunteered to bring homemade baked goods, but we could always use more. Please considered bringing something to share. Also, on race day please take what you can eat, but remember the slower runners that haven’t finished will be hungry, too.
Things to Do in Charleston:
There are several special events in Charleston this weekend.
Charlie West Blue Fest – May 18-20 – Haddad River Front Park – Free
Sundown Showdown 2 mile Run Walk – Haddad River Front Park – $20
Reality Cage Combat presents: WV VS The World (Mixed Martial Arts) – Charleston Civic Center – $25 to $125
WV State Track and Field Championships – Laidley Field – $8 – No Website. It starts at 2P Friday and is all day Saturday.
The Color Purple by the Charleston Light Opera Guild – Charleston Civic Center Little Theater – $20
New! Early Bird Packet Pick Up Location
Avoid the registration line on race morning by picking up your t-shirt and bib number at Robert’s Runing and Walking Shop in Charleston on race day eve, Friday May 18 between 4:30P and 7:30P. We will be set up in the parking lot with some music. There are also rumors of pizza and drinks being supplied by Robert’s. Come check out the best selection of running gear in the area and grab any last minute supplies!
The store is at 607 Pennsylvania Avenue. Directions from the north. Take exit 58C Wasington Street/Civic Center: Drive down ramp and stay in the middle lane until you get to the Go-Mart gas station. Pass the Go-Mart and get into the right hand lane. Proceed through the stoplight at the intersection of Washington St. Robert’s is the 2nd driveway on the right after the stoplight.
Directions from the south take exit 58C – Lee Street. Drive down the ramp and proceed through the stoplight at Lee Street. Staying in the left hand lane turn left onto Washington Street and the take your immediate left onto Pennsylvania Avenue. Get to the far right lane and Robert’s is the 2nd driveway on the right after the stoplight.
New – Parking Assistance
There will be volunteers guiding you in the parking areas. Please park in the spot that they assign you. We will fill the parting lot closest to the the starting line first, then we will fill the campground overflow lot, and finally we will park on the road side. The forest road is well traveled so if you park on the shoulder you will need to be completely off the road.
There are flush toilets and additional portajohns near the registration shelter.
T-Shirts and Dog Bandannas
T-shirts have been guaranteed to the first 200 runners. We have 270
shirts to distribute, but please realize that pre-registrations get preference so that by race day morning, your particular size may not be available. The shirt is included with the registration fee (based on availability of shirts) and we are unable to refund money or discount the registration fee if you do not want a t-shirt. Bandanas will be provided to first 60 of registered dogs, with a maximum of two bandanas per registered runner. If you wish to purchase additional bandanas, you may inquire about availability on race morning.
New – Bucks for Barks!
If you make a $3 donation to the Bucks for Barks bucket you will get a
DD15K euro sticker for your car. These donations will go to the Mid-Atlantic German Shorthaired Pointer Rescue, Inc. Last year’s Top Dog was a GSP rescue!
Donations to the Kanawha/Charleston Humane Association are accepted but there will be no prize raffle as in past years.
-Clay kitty litter
-Cat, kitten, puppy and dog food (dry and canned)
-Dog collars and leashes
-Dog and cat toys
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