9:00am – 10k Run & 2 Mile Walk Start
8:45am – Kids Run
Helvetia, West Virginia
Sponsored by the Helvetia Fair Association and the WV Mountain Trail Runners
Welcome to the 17th running of the Helvetia 10k Mountain Run. The race is held in conjunction with the 96th Annual Community Helvetia Fair. More information on Fair activities below.
In 1998 Jody and Dan Lehmann with the help of friends and neighbors organized this event in their small Swiss mountain community of Helvetia. It was their first attempt at race directing. The run/walk has never outgrown the village but continues to bring about 75 runners to enjoy the simple beauty of this spot in southern Randolph County. All proceeds go to benefit the Helvetia Community Fair Association.
The 10k run 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.
The 2 mile walk starts immediately behind the 10k and follows the same route to the 2 mile mark.
In 2005 we had the first Kids Fun Run for ages 10 and under. It is wonderful seeing the young runners put their toes to the line and run with abandon. This race 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. T shirts can be purchased on race day as available for $10.00.
For the 10k there will be water stations at 2 & 4.5 miles. Split times at 2 miles. At the finish you will be treated to some fine Helvetia home baked cookies and muffins, fresh fruit and drinks. The Helvetia 10k 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!
The 2 Mile Walk is non-competitive. It starts right behind the 10k runners and follows the same course. Dogs on a leash and strollers are welcome.
There will be give away prizes for registered runners and walkers.
Results 1998 – 2009, Twelve years worth of Results, Reports and Photos on iplayoutside!
2010 Coverage, Results and Photos on Iplayoutside.
For the 10k run 1st & 2nd place overall male and female. 1st & 2nd male and female in the following age groups; 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over.
The 2 mile walk and the Kid’s Run are non-competitive.
Pre-registration for the 10k and the 2 mile walk is $20 if postmarked by Aug. 29, 2014 and $25 thereafter. Race day registration will be from 7:00 to 8:30 am. Beautiful cotton t shirt in your size guaranteed to all pre-registrants received by August 30, and on first come basis thereafter.
We’re approximately one hour from Buckhannon or Elkins. From Buckhannon, 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, go 16 miles on Rt. 219 South to Mill Creek and turn right onto Mill Street. Follow signs, 20 miles to Helvetia. From Charleston &South, 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.
Camping and Other Activities
Free camping is available at the Lehmann Farm situated right on the 10k course. Come for the weekend if you’d like. Call or email Dan Lehmann for information or directions at firstname.lastname@example.org . We will do a short hash or fun run on Saturday Sept. 14 at 5pm followed by a evening around the campfire with brauts, dogs, kraut and even marshmallows. Feel free to bring something.
Contact Jody or Dan Lehmann at (304) 924-5835, mailto:email@example.com
We would like to thank the Hutte Restaurant & Beekeeper Inn for their continued support all these years.
Hutte Restaurant & Beekeeper Inn 304 924-6435
The 16th Annual Helvetia 10K Mountain Run is in association with the 98th Annual Helvetia Fair, September 14 & 15, 2013. The two day fair celebrates our Swiss heritage and has something for everyone; a home grown parade, traditional song & dance programs, arts & crafts, food, square dance and more. For information on these events contact Betty Biggs at 924-5018 and visit helvetiawv.com.