DECKERS CREEK TRAIL HALF-MARATHON / TRAIL MIX FESTIVAL
With a sad heart, the Mon River Trails Conservancy has decided to cancel the 2020 Deckers Creek Trail Half-Marathon.
In what has been a continually evolving and challenging time, we recognize that the cancellation may come as a disappointment. We do hope that we will be through the worst of this health crisis and looking at brighter times for 2021. For those of you that are familiar with this event, it is clear we could not host the same event without the generous donations of food from sponsoring restaurants and funding from community businesses that offset the costs of this race. We are a part of our community and could not ask those getting hit hard economically to sponsor this event.
All registered participants for the Deckers Creek Trail Half-Marathon have some options on your registration fee:
- Please consider offering this registration as a donation to the Mon River Trails Conservancy and the local rail-trails. This race is the Mon River Trails Conservancy’s largest fund-raiser for the Mon River and Deckers Creek Rail-Trails and your donations keep the trails open and maintained!
- OR you can transfer this race registration to a new fund-raiser called the Imagination Running Wild Challenge. You will have free entry to a fun adventure with games and quizzes on all 48 miles of the Mon River Rail-Trails (June-Dec. 2020)- you can walk, bike or run or any combination of uses, at your own pace, to reach the goal. We hope to open registration to this event in a few weeks.
- OR we will refund your registration by mailing you a check and hope that we will see you at next years Deckers Creek Trail Half-Marathon. Please let us know by July 31, if we do not hear from you by then, we will treat your registration fee as a donation to the Mon River Trails Conservancy.
If you have additional questions, please contact Ella.
Thank you for your understanding and we look forward to seeing you when we can gather again at the next Deckers Creek Trail Half-Marathon.
We wish you all good health,
Deckers Creek Trail Half-Marathon Team
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. At Mile 4, 7, 10, and 12 there will be both water and Gatorade. Race support and timing will close at noon.
The USATF certification number for the Deckers Creek Trail Half-Marathon will be renewed this Spring, prior to the race.
This race is also part of the Morgantown Area Grand Prix (MAGP) race series.
Once at Masontown Trailhead, the start line is about 1/2 mile down the trail from where the buses will unload. There will be port-a-pots at the trailhead.
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, 60-69, 70+
• The Caboose Award
Awards ceremony will begin at 12:00 pm at the outdoor amphitheater of Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park.
All Finishers will receive a Finisher’s Medal.
TWO TIMING METHODS
Gun time – the time it takes you to finish the race based on when the start gun is fired for the first wave.
Chip time – the time it takes you to finish the race based on when you cross the start line.
Results for the overall open class awards (Top 5 male and female finishers) will be based on gun time. You must be in the First Wave to be eligible for overall open class awards. Make sure you arrive early enough to get on the first buses that leave for the start. For all other awards, age groups and caboose, the results will be based on chip time.
Participants must submit a completed registration form and pay a registration fee for qualification.
Fees are non-refundable. NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION (due to the increase # of runners, we can no longer allow same day registration and logistically ensure all runners have a bus ride to the start).
Includes bus transportation to race start, t-shirt, finisher’s medal, finish line refreshments, and free finish line photo.
Limited to 700 participants- reserve your spot now!
Register Online- TriStateRacer.com
Register by Mail: 2020 Race Registration Form
To register by mail, registration must be received by May 26, 2020 or before 700 spots are filled. Please print and fill out a race registration form , make your check payable to MRTC, and return to: MRTC, PO Box 282, Morgantown, WV 26507-0282
All proceeds benefit the Mon River Trails Conservancy to help manage and maintain the Mon River and Deckers Creek Rail-Trails.
TIMING AND RESULTS
CHIP TIMING RESULTS provided by TriStateRacer.com! Course support and race timing will close at 12:00pm. As in previous years we will have a 2-wave start; 8:30 and 8:45. The display clock at the finish will reflect the 8:30 wave time. However, a complete list of individual gun times, chip times and places will be posted at the finish and available live on TriStateRacer.com throughout the race.
All finishers will receive a finisher’s medal as you cross the finish line and you will be able to download a free finisher photo at TriStateRacer.com.
Photographs, post-race review, and results will also be available at iPlayOutside.com.
Race Check-In will be from 6:30-7:45 AM at Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park in Morgantown, WV. Transportation will be provided by WVU Medicine to the Deckers Creek Trailhead in Masontown.
Two Race Starts- 8:30 A.M. and 8:45 A.M.
Your start time and bus schedule will be posted 3 days prior to the race on this website.
You are responsible for knowing your start time and arriving on time for the bus to the start. Buses will leave as soon as EACH ONE gets filled. Please load on a bus as soon as you have your bib number to get to the start line in Masontown.
Buses will start loading at 7:15AM and leave once filled for the 8:30AM Start and for the 8:45AM start.
If you are in the 8:30AM start please be there in time for the first buses out of the park. We hope to have all on the way to the start by 7:45AM for the 8:45AM start.
MAKE SURE YOU CATCH THE BUS!
PARKING AND HOTELS
If you are parking at the Wharf District Parking Garage (.50 per hour), you will be able to walk on the trail to Hazel Ruby McQuain Park for packet pick-up. The same goes if you are staying at Waterfront Place Hotel. Directions to the Wharf Parking garage are on our website.
The small parking lot at the Hazel Ruby McQuain Park will be closed off from all parking. This is where packet-pickup takes place.
Many local hotels are offering special event rate for participants. Inquire at check-in about Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon.
DIRECTIONS to WHARF PARKING GARAGE
Live music on the outdoor amphitheater stage and great food will be down near the stage at Hazel Ruby McQuain Park. The award ceremony will start at noon. We hope you enjoy the Trail Mix festivities and celebrate your race accomplishment and National Trails Day.