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Coopers Rock 50 km and Half Marathon

Saturday, April 16, 2016, 7:00 am

Coopers Rock State Forest, West Virginia

(Exit 15 off of I-68, 20 minutes east of Morgantown)

50K: Celebrate Spring time in West Virginia by running the beautiful trails of Coopers Rock State Forest! This rocky and rugged 50 km course will take you through awe inspiring rock formations and dazzling views of the Cheat Canyon! You will run nearly every trail in the forest, including an out-and-back to Cheat Lake and an out-and-back to the Raven Rock overlook. This is a scenic, but difficult course over rough trails with plenty of elevation gain and loss. Carrying a water bottle is mandatory.

Half Marathon: The Half Marathon is a shortened version of the 50 km course that forgoes some of the most difficult trails, but still offers a serious challenge! There’s plenty of elevation gain and loss to contend with on this trail run, and a few rocky sections as well. There are no out-and-backs in the Half Marathon. Carrying a water bottle is also mandatory for this course.

Course Map 50K:

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Course Map for the Half Marathon:

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Race Details and Registration Link:

Coopers Rock 50 km and Half Marathon Trail Race Details

Location:  Coopers Rock State Forest is located at Exit 15 off of I-68, roughly 15 minutes east of Morgantown, WV.  The race starts at the Overlook Area. After exiting the interstate, turn towards Coopers Rock State Forest and continue south down the main forest road for 3 miles until reaching the Overlook Area.

Date and Time:  Both the 50 km and Half Marathon races will start at 7:00 am, April 16, 2016.  There will be a brief pre-race meeting at 6:40 am on April 16.

Entry Fees:

50 km:  $70 if registered by 3/4/2016; $85 if registered by 3/25/2016.  Registration is closed thereafter.

Half Marathon:  $50 if registered by 3/4/2016; $65 if registered by 3/25/2016.  Registration is closed thereafter.

Refunds minus a $10 fee will be granted until 3/18/2016.  No race transfers allowed.

Race Cap:  Both races combined will be limited to 200 entries.

Age:  All racers for both distances must be 18 or older at the time of the race

Packet Pickup:  Packets can be picked up on Friday, 4/15/2016 from 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Overlook Area at Coopers Rock State Forest, or on Saturday, 4/16/2016 from 5:30 am – 6:30 am at the same location.

Aid Stations:  There will be 5 aid stations on the 50 km course and 2 aid stations on the Half Marathon Course, spaced 4 – 6 miles apart.  Please carry water and food between aid stations.  Aid stations will be stocked with cookies, chips, fruit, candy, sandwiches, gel packets, water, sports drink, et cetera.

Cutoff times:  The final cutoff for both races are 10 hours, at 5:00 pm.  There are cutoff times at two aid stations on the 50 km course: runners must arrive at Aid Station #3 (mile 16) no later than 12:15 pm, and at Aid Station #5 (mile 27) no later than 3:45 pm.  There are no cutoff times at the aid stations on the Half Marathon course.

Drop Bags:  There will be no drop bag service for either race.  However, the 50 km race returns to the Overlook Area at Aid Station #2.  You may return to your car to pick up items as needed after checking in at Aid Station #2.

Goodies:  All entrants will receive a technical t-shirt, a high quality map of Coopers Rock State Forest, and a 1 year membership with the Coopers Rock Foundation.

Awards:  Special hand-made awards will be given to the top 3 men and women finishers of each race.

 Lodging:  There are a limited number of campsites available at Coopers Rock State Forest at the McCollum Campground (61 County Line Drive, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525, 304-594-1561,  Additional camping is available nearby at Chestnut Ridge Campground (346 Chestnut Ridge Camp Road, Bruceton Mills, WV 26525, 304-594-1773, and Sand Springs Campground (304-594-2415,  The closest motels are the Super 8 (603 Venture Dr, Morgantown, WV 26508, 304-296-4000) or Holiday Inn Express (605 Venture Dr, Morgantown, WV 26508, 304-291-2600) at the Pierpont Road Exit 7 on I-68.  Other motels are available in Morgantown.

Post-race Meal:  A post-race meal of sandwiches (cold meat and veggie sandwich burritos), meat and veggie pastas, hot soups, sides, and desserts will be free to registered runners after the race.  Extra lunches can be purchased with your registration for $10.

Waiver and Release: **All race participants must read and agree to the following waiver and release:

 In consideration of the acceptance of this entry in the Coopers Rock 50km or Half Marathon Trail Run (collectively, the Event), I, the participant, intending to be legally bound and hereby waive or release any and all right and claims for damages or injuries that I may have against the Event Directors, Coopers Rock State Forest, the Coopers Rock Foundation, its members, volunteers, co-sponsors, landowners, other participants, and all of their agents assisting with the event, sponsors and their representatives and employees (collectively, the Releasees) for any and all injuries to me or my personal property. This release includes all injuries and/or damages suffered by me before, during or after the event. I recognize, intend and understand that this release is binding on my heirs, executors, administrators, or assignees.

I certify as a material condition to my being permitted to enter this race that I am physically fit and sufficiently trained for the completion of this Event. I am aware that participation in the Event involves inherent risks, dangers, and hazards, including but not limited to: exposed rock, trees, tree stumps, forest deadfall, ice and snow, uneven surfaces and other natural objects; steps, bridges, boardwalks, and roadways; variable and adverse weather conditions; streams and other bodies of water; cliffs and steep terrain; becoming lost or separated from other participants; encounters with wildlife; and negligence of other participants and other persons. I freely and fully assume all such risks, dangers and hazards and the possibility of personal injury, death, property damage or loss resulting from them and expressly waive all legal remedies as against the Releasees. Race management reserves the right to stop any participant who in their opinion is not fit to continue.

By submitting this entry, I acknowledge having read and agreed to the above waiver. Additionally, I grant my permission for the free use of my picture to be freely published in a print or online account of the Event, or for future promotional uses.

About us:  The Coopers Rock Foundation is a volunteer-based, non-profit organization that is dedicated to service and preservation at Coopers Rock State Forest.  All extra funds that are raised from this race will be reinvested into maintenance of the trails and facilities at Coopers Rock.  We hope that you’ll enjoy your experience at Coopers Rock as much as we do.  Please consider joining our cause and renew your membership after your 1 year complementary membership expires!

Contact:  For questions, email:

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Some views you may see in the 50k

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