Mon River Trails Conservancy
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ENJOY THE MON RIVER / CAPERTON / DECKERS CREEK TRAILS

Currently, 48 miles of the Mon River / Caperton / Deckers Creek Rail-Trails are open for non-motorized use, primarily walking, cycling, jogging, and cross-country skiing with a smooth, durable surface for wheel-chair use and all types of bicycles. In Morgantown and Star City, eight miles of trail are paved, allowing for in-line skating. The rail-trail connects three counties, Marion, Monongalia, and Preston Counties in North Central West Virginia.

The Caperton Trail has an urban feel with neighboring city parks, restaurants, and shops. The relatively flat Mon River Trail meanders along the wooded river valley with occasional bottomland and field habitats. The Deckers Creek Trail is more of a challenge as it climbs at approximately a 2% grade 1,000 feet over 19 miles with rhododendron and hemlock groves, deciduous forests, into more open fields and farmlands in Preston County.

The entire trail network is designated a National Recreation Trail.
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PARKS & TRAILS LEVY 2016

MONONGALIA COUNTY VOTERS
WE NEED YOU TO SAVE YOUR PARKS AND RAIL-TRAILS!


VOTE YES for the PARKS AND TRAILS LEVY on MAY 10th.
Early Voting is April 27, 2016-May 7, 2016
60% of the votes must be YES for the levy to pass.

A FAILED LEVY means rundown facilities, and the real possibility that the rail-trail and other recreation sites may close or lose already bare bones maintenance.

Imagine downed trees, landslides, and 48-miles of overgrown rail-trail. Imagine that fewer community events happen each year. Imagine less fund-raising events for other good causes. Imagine less places to safely recreate and exercise and enjoy the outdoor. OR Imagine that you voted YES.

16th Annual Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon

Morgantown, West Virginia
Saturday, June 4, 2016


THE DOWNHILL COURSE
A mostly downhill course, the Deckers Creek Trail has an elevation drop of approximately 800 feet over the span of the 13.1 mile distance. The Deckers Creek Trail is a two-surface course, providing a challenging, yet enjoyable experience for runners. The trail surface is packed limestone for the first 10.4 miles and asphalt for the final 2.7 miles. The half-marathon begins in Masontown, WV and finishes at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown. There will be seven water stops along the way.

CERTIFIED COURSE
The USATF certification number for the Deckers Creek Trail Half-Marathon is WV09009MS.

THE AWARDS
Custom awards are presented to:
  • Overall open class 1st thru 5th male
  • Overall open class 1st thru 5rd female
  • Top three male finishes in each age group: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
  • Top three female finishes in each age group: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
  • The Caboose Award
Awards ceremony will begin at 12:00 pm.
All Finishers will receive a Finisher's Medal.
Masontown Elkins Coal and Coke Building Receives Federal and Local Funding for ReUse

MRTC was awarded $92,000 in federal funding from the WV Division of Highways (WVDOH) to transform the Elkins Coal & Coke Building, a 1907 industrial facility, into an information center and restroom facility for rail-trail and scenic by-way travelers. Located near mile 13 of the Deckers Creek Trail, it will be the first public restroom facility for the 19-mile rail-trail. For rail-trail users, the next closest facility is at mile 0 at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park in Morgantown.

MRTC is matching this funding with $23,000, the 20% local match that is required to make this project a reality. With the $115,000 total project cost, the 1907 Elkins Coal and Coke Building will be engineered and rehabbed as bathroom facilities and visitor information center for the Deckers Creek Trail and the Old Route 7 Scenic Byway.

The City of Masontown, in Preston County, owns the building and property and will maintain the facility once construction is complete. As a friend of the rail-trail, they have already rebuilt a bridge that connects the trail with the building and constructed a picnic weather shelter next to the trail. By 2016, the Masontown Trailhead will be transformed with great new amenities.

Your donations are always needed and get put to good use: http://montrails.org/join.shtml

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