September 14, 2008
Sponsored by the Helvetia
Fair Association and
Helvetia, West Virginia
Welcome to the 11th running of the Helvetia 10k Mountain Run. The race is held in conjunction with the 94th Annual 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 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.
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 climb 750 feet along Upper Trout Run to a scenic hilltop. 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 was a blast seeing the young runners put their toes to the line. We will surely want to do this again. 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 and to the finish. All participants will receive a Finisher 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 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 welcome.
There will be give away prizes for registered runners and walkers.
The Helvetia 10k Mountain Run is part of the 2008 Mountain State Trail Run Series
1998 Larry Taylor 36:23
Rebecca Schoonover 47:15
For the 10k run 1st & 2nd place overall male and female. 1st & 2nd male and female in age groups; 14 & under, 15-19. 1st, 2nd & 3rd male and female in age groups; 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over. The 2 mile walk and the Kid's Run are non-competitive.
Early registration for the 10k and the 2 mile walk is $15 if postmarked by Aug. 30, 2008. Thereafter and on race day registration will be $18. Race day registration will be from 7:00 to 8:30 am. Beautiful cotton t shirt guaranteed, in the size requested, to all entries received by Aug 30 early registration. There will be shirts available for other entrants on a first come basis. Entry
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.
Contact Jody or Dan Lehmann at (304) 924-5835, firstname.lastname@example.org
Camping and Other Activities
Free camping is available at the Lehmann Farm. Come for the weekend if you'd like. Call or email for information or directions. We are right on the 10K course. We will do a short hash run on Saturday Sept. 13 at 5pm.
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 11th Annual Helvetia 10K Mountain Run is in association with the 94th Annual Helvetia Fair, September 13 & 14, 2008. The two day fair celebrates our Swiss heritage and has something for everyone including a parade, traditional song & dance programs, arts & crafts, square dance and more. For information on these events contact Betty Biggs at 924-5018
Iplayoutside will be covering the race, www.iplayoutside.com
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