The Jackson River Scenic Trail Half Marathon, 10k and 1 mile Fun Run takes place Saturday, June 28, 2014, at the Smith Bridge Trail Head in Covington, Virginia. Races begin at 8 a.m. and can accommodate up to 300 participants.

The Jackson River Scenic Trail follows its namesake river winding its way between Intervale, just north of Covington, to Smith Bridge Trail Head 7.2 miles north.

The trail follows an old railroad bed of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (Hot Springs Branch) and passes through small communities, cultivated fields and small patches of woodland along the way. There are plans to extend this trail another 10 miles.

The Jackson River Scenic Trail Half Marathon, 10k and Family Fun Run is a great way to celebrate Phase One and Two of the newly completed portion of the trail. The course will begin and end at The Smith Bridge Trail Head. The course is on the smooth crushed gravel surface and is mostly flat with some light hills.

There will be at least two water stations on the way and on the way back for the half marathon; and port-a-johns are available at the start/finish and at Dunbrack Circle (1.5 miles) and Clearview (beside the pump house at approximately 5 miles). Refreshments will be available at the finish line. Winners and awards will be announced at noon in downtown Covington at noon.

Details

Half-Marathon: $35 early bird until 6/1 ($45 late Entry Fee)

10k: $30 early bird until 6/1 ($40 late Entry Fee)

Family Fun 1 mile Run/Walk: $12 early bird until 6/1 ($15 late Entry Fee)

Packet Pick-up will be at The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce office between 4-7 p.m. on Friday, June 27 (110 Mall Road, Covington, VA 24426) and race morning at the Smith Bridge Trail Head between 7 and 7:45 a.m. If you are arriving later on Friday, callĀ (540) 962-2178 to make arrangements (same day race registration on site). Parking is available but carpooling is encouraged.

To register visit RaceIt.com.

Visit www.visitalleghanyhighlands.com; or find them on Facebook.

Race Contact: The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism (Sandra Wright; sdenius@ahchamber.com; 540-962-2178)

Schedule of Events

Race begins Saturday June 28 promptly at 8:00 a.m.

7:45-8:00 a.m.: Race Briefing, Discussion of Race and Course details.

Half Marathon, 10k and 1 mile Fun Run will begin at 8 a.m. at The Smith Bridge Trail Head (588 North Smith Bridge,Covington, VA)

Noon: Award Ceremony

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