Women running in race

If you’re ready to feel runderful—that feeling you get after running—check out these five great runs near Morgantown. Don’t be nervous! We’ve included races for all ages and abilities.

Celebrate this Labor Day while running in the 37th Annual Labor Day 5k Classic in Washington, Pennsylvania, on Monday, September 2. After running there will be refreshments and prizes. The proceeds will benefit Washington Christian Outreach.

On Sunday, September 15, head to Marilla Park for the Deckers Dash 5k. All ages and abilities are welcome. After the race, runners will be able to enjoy refreshments and stretch out with yoga. Be sure to pack the kids along for the 100-yard Trout Trot for ages six and under and other children’s activities.

Get the kids involved and try the Family Forager Fun Run on Saturday, September 21 at the West Virginia Botanic Garden. This run is for children ages 6 to 12 and will include educational activities and crafts for the entire family. You’ll also learn more about what hunter-gatherers collected from our Appalachian woodlands along the way.

If running just isn’t your thing, support a great cause and work up a sweat at the Out of the Darkness Morgantown Walk on Saturday, September 21 in Krepps Park. This community walk will raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to invest in research, educational programs, and advocacy.

It’s just a hill, right? At the 5th annual Morgantown Marathon on Sunday, September 22, you’ll find out. The Morgantown Marathon offers three different types of races—a marathon, a half-marathon, and an 8k—so all ability levels can participate. The marathon supports Operation Welcome Home, which provides job resources for veterans, so you will feel good knowing you’re running for a great cause.

Just so you know, running is a whole lot like walking, only faster. So have fun out there and enjoy your runner’s high.

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Savannah Carr
Written by Savannah Carr
Savannah Carr a Mabie, West Virginia, native, came to Morgantown for college but is staying for the culture and connections she has built. She is pursuing a degree in English with an emphasis in professional writing and editing at West Virginia University. She will graduate in December 2019. Meanwhile, she’ll continue her internship at New South Media and also join us as web and social media manager. When she’s not busy writing or sharing West Virginia’s best stories she can be found kayaking or camping with her aussiedoodle Dixie.