Saturday, June 2, 2018 • Morgantown, WV • Course Map
Hill training, specifically for downhill running, is a must if you’re thinking of running in the Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon, which follows a long, gradual and mostly downhill descent of roughly 800 feet from the starting line just outside Masontown, W.V., to the finish line at the riverfront in downtown Morgantown.
It’s a challenging mix of occasionally level and sometimes steep downhill terrain with two kinds of surfaces — packed crushed limestone trail for the race’s first 10.4 miles, followed by paved city streets for the final 2.7 miles.
The race, which is part of the Morgantown Area Grand Prix Series of running, biking and multisport events, starts 13 miles up Highway 7 from the finish line at Masontown, where runners cross the starting line.
From there, the race follows the Deckers Creek Trail closely along the highway, making a long, slow descent past a number of scenic overlooks and sights like the Sturgisson Chapel and Mellons Chapel.
Runners continue on along the trail all the way into Morgantown, dropping from an elevation of roughly 1,600 feet above sea level at Masontown to about 800 feet by the time they reach the finish line at Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park, which overlooks the Monongahela River that flows through downtown.
The race will start in two waves, at 8:30 AM and 8:45 AM. Water and aid stops will be set up along the course, and race organizers plan to close on-course support at 12:00 noon — which means you’ll have either 3 1/2 hours or 3 hours and 15 minutes to finish the race, depending on your starting time.
The race is limited to 800 entrants, so sign up early.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled along the banks of the Monongahela River in northern West Virginia, just miles from the state’s northern border with Pennsylvania and roughly 155 miles northeast of the state capital Charleston, Morgantown typically sees June temperatures that average between 59°F and 80°F, while rainfall totals average just over 4 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (June 2), the average low is 55°F and the average high is 78°F.
- 2017 Deckers Creek Trail Half Marahton Results
- 2016 Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon Results
Two race starts – 8:30 AM and 8:45 AM
- $50 – $65
To reserve your spot in the 2018 running of Morgantown’s Deckers Creek Trail Half Marathon, register online at TriStateRacer.com here.
Official Race Website
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