Beckley Half Marathon, 5K Run & 5K Walk

2014 17th Annual Beckley Half Marathon, 5K Run & 5K Walk
Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 4, 2014.

The Annual Beckley Half Marathon, 5K Run and 5K Walk, presented by the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce, University of Charleston, Beckley and Alpha Natural Resources is held in Beckley the first Saturday in October. The Beckley Half Marathon events take place on a picturesque and challenging course as only Southern WV can offer...through historic downtown Beckley and more.

For more info and to receive a registration form contact BRCCC 304-252-7328 / 877-987-3847 / 

Register Online at Tri-State Racer

2014 Registration Form Now Available

Brochure Printed by Central Printing Company, Beckley

Course Attendants, Water Station Attendants
Please contact BRCCC at 304-252-7328
if you would like to Volunteer on Race Day

The 17th Annual Beckley Half Marathon, 5K Run & 5K Walk tradition continues with the partnership with University of Charleston - Beckley, and New this year; Alpha Natural Resources, Saturday morning October 4.  We are proud to have UC-Beckley and Alpha Natural Resources involved in Marathon events and we're looking forward to our continued partnership with the Half Marathon.  They have been very engaged community partners and hospitable hosts for the Marathon planning and events.

The Beckley Half Marathon Planning Committee is still in search of volunteers to help with the course and water stations.  Our volunteers are crucial in making the event safe for runners and walkers.  Volunteers are provided with safety vests and signs to identify them on the course.  Anyone interested in volunteering can contact the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce at 304-252-7328.

Participants for the Beckley Half Marathon events come from all around the region and surrounding states.  We have many local participants that come out each year to challenge themselves on a 13.1 mile course through the Beckley community and we appreciate their continued support.

Anyone interested in participating in any of the Beckley Half Marathon events can register through the Beckley-Raleigh County Chamber of Commerce.  Pre-Registration is open now by calling 304-252-7328 for instructions for registration online or by receiving an application.

A Pre-Registration, Pre-Race Dinner Event is planned at UC-Beckley Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center Friday evening, October 3 from 6:00pm - 7:00pm, the evening before race day.  Participants can join us for dinner and pick up their Pre-Registration Packets or complete the registration process then to allow themselves more warm-up time the next morning prior to the start of the race.  Race day registration begins at 6:30am on October 4.

This year's Half Marathon and 5K courses remain the same as last year.  The course will again take place on South Kanawha Street, East Beckley Bypass, YMCA of Southern West Virginia Paul Cline Memorial Youth Sports Complex, Woodrow Wilson High School Campus and Uptown Beckley Historical District.

Tri-State Racer Electronic Timing and Scoring will again be monitoring all events and providing our results.

We would like to remind motorists that plan to be traveling in the Beckley area Saturday morning, October 4 to use caution and be aware that runners and walkers will be sharing the roadway with them from 8am - 11am.  At 8:00am South Kanawha Street will be closed at Church Street for Pre-Race Ceremonies and Start.  Please use the course map below to plan an alternate route to avoid possible delays during the morning.  The course will be cleared by 11:00am and all traffic areas should be back to normal after that time.

The first Saturday in October is a BIG day for our community and we are proud to be a part of the excitement.

For all Beckley Half Marathon information please call 304-252-7328, 877-987-3847 or email

Beckley Half Marathon Events - Course Map

Half Marathon Course Map

Activities & Times

Please Note – All activities take place at the University of Charleston – Beckley Campus in the Robert C. Byrd Learning Resource Center at 512 South Kanawha Street in Beckley

Friday, October 3
6:00pm – 7:00pm Pre-Registration & Pre-Race Dinner

Saturday, October 4
6:30 – 7:30am Race Day Registration
8:00am All Races Start 

Awards & Trophies

Medallions Awarded to each Half Marathon Finisher
Half Marathon & 5K Run – Male & Female – Top 3 for each age division
5K Walk – Male & Female – Top 3 overall

Overall Awards

Half Marathon & 5K Run – Male & Female Top 3 Overall
Half Marathon Seniors 55+ – Male & Female Top 3 Overall

Event Age Divisions

Half Marathon
Under 19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and up 

5K Run and 5K Walk 
Under 9, 10-14, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 and up

Make Plans to Attend These Other Weekend Events in Beckley:

October Sky Rocket Boys Festival 

Beckley’s Chili Night – Live Music, Entertainment, Games, Food & Southern WV Best Chili Chefs

Uptown Beckley / 5pm – 9pm / Info 304-256-1776
‘like” Beckley Events on facebook

October 5th was a special day for our community and we were proud to be a part of the activities.

16th Beckley Half Marathon, 5K Run & 5K Walk
University of Charleston - Beckley

Beckley Half Marathon

BRCCC would like to thank all of the runners and walkers that participated in the 16th Beckley Half Marathon events.

Thank you for your hospitality University of Charleston – Beckley Campus and staff members. We are proud of our partnership with the Half Marathon events and activities, and look forward to continuing the tradition for many years to come.

We appreciate the work and coordination with UC Beckley “Eagles Nest” Staff Members, Thank You for taking great care of us, everything was delicious.

A special Thank You to Dr. Forster, UCBeckley Maintenance Dept, UCBeckley Security Dept, UCBeckley IT Dept.

A HUGE THANK YOU to Mr. Jack Reeves, Beckley Public Works Dept. for coordinating all marathon events course set-up; from painting 13.1 miles of “Little Blue Men”, marking every mile on the course and marking the course with cones & directional signs at 5am before races and 11am after the races taking everything back down – We couldn’t do any of this without you.

Thank You Marathon Sponsors for your continued support in presenting these events:
University of Charleston – Beckley, Martinsburg, Online
City of Beckley
Beaver Coal Company
The Register-Herald, Beckley Newspapers
Jan-Care Ambulance
Little General Stores
Dr. Pepper Snapple Group
Southern Communications Radio
YMCA of Southern West Virginia
Raleigh General Hospital
United Bank
Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital
Honey Baked Ham and Café of Beckley
Visit Southern West Virginia
Falcon Machinery
Friends of Coal/WV Coal Association
Mining Controls
Rish Equipment

A BIG Thank You to these Departments for keeping the course secure and traffic under control:
Jake Corey, Eric Rodgers and Beckley Police Dept.
John Parker, Jan Care Ambulance
Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department
Beckley Fire Dept
WV State Police

Thank You to our Course Monitors & Water Station Volunteers for servicing our participants and for being our eyes out on the course:
YMCA of Southern WV staff
Kevin Taylor & Beckley Community Emergency Response Team
Tiffany Kapp, Custom Business Services
Maxwell Hill Baptist Church
Dave Harris, Woodrow Wilson HS ROTC
Enterprise Rent A Car
Beckley Appalachian Regional Hospital
Little General Stores

Special Thanks for Your Help & Involvement:
Nancy Almond, Sam’s Club Beckley
Jim Johnson, Sheets Chrysler Jeep Dodge
Gavin Ward, Volunteer of the Millennium
Margaret Ann O”Neal, United Way of Southern WV
Kim Shrewsbury, Chase Bank
Dr. Jeff Harvey, Jeffrey R. Harvey Family Dentistry

Thank You to our local media partners for promoting Half Marathon events:
Beckley Newspapers, The Register-Herald
Southern Communications Radio Stations

Thank You Tri State Racer for your coverage, timing and scoring for the 16th Beckley Half Marathon, 5K Run & 5K Walk

The following links are provided by Tri State Racer:

> Race Results
> Half Marathon Finish Line Videos

16th Annual Beckley Half Marathon Results

5K Run & 5K Walk Results

If you participated in the 16th Annual Beckley Half Marathon you can watch yourself and all the other runners cross the finish line on the following videos provided by Tri State Racer:

Beckley Half Marathon Finish Line Video Part 1

Beckley Half Marathon Finish Line Video Part 2

Partnerships in our community are very important to event success and we appreciate all involved with the 16th Annual Beckley Half Marathon event and all of the other events that took place on the First Saturday in October 2013 – We’re very much looking forward to next year!

“I would like to thank everyone involved with the 1/2 Marathon on Saturday Oct. 5th, especially the Police, Fire, and all volunteers along the route. They really made my first 1/2 Marathon a wonderful experience. Kudos to your entire team on a great race and great day! I look forward to competing again next year!” - Tony McCumber, Saint Albans

2012 Beckley Half Marathon, 5K Run & 5K Walk RESULTS AVAILABLE HERE

Event Timing & Scoring provided by Tri State Racer