West Virginia knows how to celebrate National Trails Day. We
might have to rename the Mountain State the Throw A Great Party On Your Local
For those of you who can't make it down to Pocahontas County
for the induction of the Greenbrier River Trail into Rails-to-Trails
Conservancy's Rail-Trail Hall of Fame this Saturday, there's a very cool community event
happening farther north in Morgantown.
The Mon River Trails Conservancy is celebrating National
Trails Day with the 12th annual Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon. Already
record numbers have signed up to take part, with more than 550 runners expected to
run from Masontown to Morgantown on Saturday, June 2.
Runners will be coming in from 17 states, D.C. and the
Virgin Islands to enjoy the mostly downhill course on the Deckers Creek
There aren't many spots left to join the race, but all are still
welcome to come along and enjoy the festivities at Hazel Ruby McQuain. Like
Bluegrass music? Of course you do. At race headquarters in Hazel Ruby McQuain
Park on the Monongahela River in downtown Morgantown, there will be live local
bluegrass from 10:15 a.m. to 12:50 p.m., including a set by the Halftime String Band (below).
While you're in the area, take advantage of the opportunity
to explore the
wonderful Mon River Trails. Made possible by a grant through the federal Transportation Enhancements
program, this 48-mile trail system along a former CSX railway corridor offers
great opportunities for birding, fishing, swimming, picnicking, canoeing and
kayaking, and is now one of the most popular tourist draws in this region of
great natural beauty.
For more information on this Saturday's event and the Mon
River Trails Conservancy, visit www.montrails.org
Photo of Mon River Trails courtesy of NTECPhoto of the Halftime String Band courtesy of the band
The Duke Ellington Building
2121 Ward Ct., NW
Washington, DC 20037