Helvetia 10K Mountain Run
 2 Mile Walk
Kid's Fun Run


September 14, 2008

Sponsored by the Helvetia Fair Association and
the WV Mountain Trail Runners

Helvetia, West Virginia

9:00am  Start
8:45 for the Kids Run

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 Courses

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
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
Results  2008  2007  2006  2005  2004   2003  
              2002   2001  2000  1999 1998



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.

Additional Information

Contact Jody or Dan Lehmann at (304) 924-5835, irun@starband.net

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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