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Why 15 miles?

Because it's historic - the Charleston Distance Run began as a 15-mile race in 1973, and it has followed essentially the same course over the years.  There weren't many marathons - and only a few half marathons - in 1973.

Because it's unique - our 15-mile race is the only one in America!

Because our runners love it - first-timers say that our challenging course fills them "with a sense of accomplishment like no other race," "touches their hearts," "is a real memory-maker," "Registration costs". . .

What are the 2015 Entry Fee and Deadlines

15 Mile Race

$40 August 31st, 2014 to July 21st, 2015

$50 July 22nd to August 12th, 2015

$60 August 13th to September 4th, 2015 9 PM 

5K Race and 15 Mile 3 Person Relay (Per Person)

$35 August 31st, 2014 to August 12th, 2015

$45 August 13th to September 4th, 2015 9 PM 

5K and 10K Walks

$25 August 31st, 2014 to August 12th, 2015

$30 August 13th to September 4th, 2015 9 PM


$25.00 (Does not include family members)

Online entries end at 12 noon, local time September 4th, 2015

Mailed entries must be received by 10 AM local time September 4th, 2015

Late Registration is at the Charleston Civic Center between 4 PM and 9 PM September 4th, 2015


Are there events besides the 15-mile race?

Yes.  There is a three-person 15-mile relay (with legs of approximately 3, 5, and 7 miles), 5K run, and 5 and 10K walks.  All of these events are on Saturday, September 5th, at 7:30 a.m., on Kanawha Boulevard at the state Capitol building.

On Friday, September 4th, at 6:25 p.m., a Children's Fun Run will be held at the Charleston Civic Center.

How does the relay work?

The splits for the relay are 3, 5, and 7 miles, and the exchanges take place in the middle of the South Side Bridge.  The 3 and 7 mile segments are virtually flat, and the 5-mile segment goes through the hills.

If you are entering the relay, please note the relay team registration instructions on our online registration page or on our printable registration form.  A runner registered in the 15 mile race may also register for the relay and run the 1st leg wearing both bibs.

Please see "Will I receive a finisher's medal?" below.

Who are the sponsors?

Please see our sponsors' page.

How do I register?

You can register one of three ways:  1) register online at www.charlestondistancerun.com (there is no additional charge for on-line registration); 2) mail an application, which can be printed from our website; or 3) register in person at the Frontier Communications pasta party and race packet pickup on Friday, September 4th, from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m.  Registration cost rises the longer you wait. THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!

Military Registration

I'm in the active Military, do I get a special rate?  Yes, the Charleston Distance Run Committee has granted all service men and women a special rate (Including active duty, reservists, and retirees) of $25 for 2015.
There is no online registration for the military discount.  Link to application is HERE  THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!

How do I know if I am registered?

Please check our website at www.charlestondistancerun.com, click Registration, and click the 2015 Participant List.  If you registered by mail, please allow us approximately five to seven days to post your name on the Participant List.

We will not send out confirmation cards by mail.

When is the latest I can register?

Online registrations must be completed by Friday, September 4th at 12 noon EDT. Mailed applications must be received by Friday, September 4th.  Registrations can be made in person on Friday, September 4th, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.


If I cannot participate, can I get a refund, deferral, or transfer my registration?

No.  Entry fees are non-refundable, and race numbers and entries cannot be transferred to another year or person.  No exceptions.  This means once we have received your entry, you will not receive a refund if you cannot participate. 

What do I get for my entry fee?

Participants will receive a special goody bag with goodies inside of it.  You will also receive a B-Tech long-sleeve performance T-shirt.  Runners and walkers who finish the race will receive a finisher's medal.  We will have sports drinks and water, and plenty of pizza at Laidley Field.  Post-race massages will be available.

Is there a pre-race dinner?

Yes.  The Frontier Communications Pasta Party will be held at the Charleston Civic Center from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4th.  Participants will receive a Pasta Dinner ticket in their goody bag,  There is a $5 charge for guests (family and friends are welcome to attend with their runner(s)).

What is the Children's Fun Run?

The Children's Fun Run is free for children ages 4 through 12.  There are three age divisions: ages 4 to 6, 7 to 9 (1 loop for 400 meters), and 10 to 12 (2 loops for 800 meters).  Children's Fun Run-held Clendenin Street beside the Charleston Civic Center.

Registration for the Children's Fun Run will be held in the Charleston Civic Center lobby beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4th, and the Fun Run begins at 6:25 p.m.  There is no online registration for the Children's Fun Run.  Applications can be mailed in advance; they can be printed from our website.  Download Printed Application

How do I get my race packet?

Race packets may be picked up on Friday, September 4th, from 4:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center.  If you are unable to pick up your packet, someone else can pick up your packet for you - we may require identification.

If you are unable to pick up your packet on Friday, runners' packets will be made available on Saturday, September 5th, from 6:30 a.m. until 7:15 a.m.  The packets will be distributed from a yellow Sport Mart truck, which will be parked on California Avenue near Kanawha Boulevard and adjacent to the state Capitol.  There is no baggage check on race day.

We do not mail race packets.

Once I am registered, can I switch races?

Yes. Please send an email to rltcdr@aol.com and let us know what changes to make to your registration.  If switching from the 5K to the 15 mile, you must pay the difference in registration fees.  Changes may also be made at the packet pick-up at the Charleston Civic Center Friday night, September 4th at the registration table.

Where do the races start and finish?

All races start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 5th, in front of the West Virginia State Capitol Building on Kanawha Boulevard.

All races finish at Laidley Field.

Where can I park for the races?

Free parking is available at the State Capitol in the parking lot and building behind the Capitol for Saturday's events.  Parking also is available on various lots located on Washington Street East, near the intersection with Greenbrier Street, and also at Laidley Field.  There is no baggage check on race day.

What is the average weather on race morning?

The weather can vary on race day.  The average temperature at the start at 7:30 a.m. is approximately 60 degrees.  It has only rained twice during our 40-year history - but we will still run or walk if it rains.

How are the races timed?

All events on Saturday will be timed by TriStateRacer.com, which uses a MyLaps BibTag located on the reverse side of each runner's bib.  These are one-time use tags and do not have to be returned.  Both "chip" times and "gun" times will be provided.  Please be sure your race bib is clearly visible on the front of your shirt or shorts.  Do not fold, wrinkle, or tear your race bib.

Where are the aid and water stations?

There are stations with water and Gatorade approximately one to two miles apart on the 15-mile, 5K race, and 10K and 5K walk courses.  There are 12 stations total on the 15-mile course, plus stations at the start and finish.

Can I wear headphones during the race?

The use of personal listening devices (e.g. iPods) with headphones or ear buds is strongly discouraged, for safety reasons.  We ask that you please remember that you are sharing the roads with other participants and, in some cases, vehicular traffic.  Always be aware of your surroundings.

Are there time limits for the 15-mile race?

Yes.  There is a four-hour time limit for the 15-mile race.

What happens after the races?

Water, refreshments and pizza will be available to all participants at Laidley Field.  The awards presentation will take place at Laidley Field, beginning at 8:45 for the 5K runners and at 10:30 a.m. for the 15-mile runners.  Showers will be available at Laidley Field until 11:00 a.m.  Post-race massages will be available at Laidley Field.

Will I receive a finisher's medal?

Yes.  All finishers of the 15-mile, the 15-mile relay, and 5K races and the 10K and 5K walks will receive a finisher's medal. 

Relay participants:  The relay finisher will receive three medals at the finish, with the hope that the finisher will share them with the other two members.

Will cash awards be given?

Yes.  Cash awards for the 2015 Charleston Distance Run 15-mile race will be as follows:

Duplication of awards will not be permitted for the winners of the Top 5 Overall (Male and Female), the First West Virginian (Male and Female) and the First Charlestonian (Male and Female); in other words, a runner will be entitled to only one cash award. Wheelchairs and handcycles are timed separately.  Any questions concerning the cash awards will be determined by the Charleston Distance Run Committee, in its sole discretion.


























First West Virginian




First Charlestonian




Age Groups


$100 (12 Groups)

$100 (12 Groups)



$75 (12 Groups)

$75 (11 Groups)



$50 (10 Groups)

$50 (10 Groups)













All awarded checks will be mailed within two (2) weeks.

Are there finish line and race photographs?

Daniel Todd will be taking photographs during the race events.

Are there nearby hotels?

Some suggested hotels in Charleston include:

Holiday Inn Express Civic Center
100 Civic Center Drive
Charleston, WV 25301
Charleston Distance Run 2015 Group Rate:
Group Code: CDR
Book By: August 20th – to receive the special group rate
Group Rate: $99, plus 12.5% tax – includes hot-buffet breakfast, ground-level parking, and high-speed Internet
To make reservations, please call: 855-729-5133
Or click here to book online: CDR

Hampton Inn Charleston-Downtown 
1 Virginia Street West
Charleston, WV 25302

Charleston Marriott Town Center 
200 Lee Street East
Charleston, WV 25301
304.345.6500 800.228.9290

These hotels are located near the Civic Center, the site of the Friday packet pick-up and the pasta dinner and also some good restaurants.  Unfortunately, there aren't any hotels/motels located near the State Capitol or Laidley Field, but there is ample parking available close to the State Capitol and within two blocks of our starting line.

Are there other weekend activities in Charleston?

Yes.  On Friday, September 4th, Live on the Levee will feature a free concert, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Haddad Riverfront Park.

Interested in restaurants, or in shopping?  Please check Charleston's restaurants and shops on whycharlestonwv.com

For the more adventurous, how about white water rafting, rock climbing, or fly fishing? Check these out at rivermen.com.

For more information about where to stay, what to do, where to eat and what to see in Charleston, please look at Charlestonwv.com