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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," "love the Challenge of Capital Punishment Hill. . . .” 

What are the 2020 Entry Fee and Deadlines

15 Mile Race

$45 — Received by December 31, 2019

$55 — Received by June 30, 2020

$70 — Received by August 22, 2020 

$85 — Received by September 3, 2020

$90 — In Person Registration at the Beni Kedem Temple, 100 Quarrier Street (next to the Charleston Civic Center), 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on September 4, 2020

5K Run/Walk and 15 Mile 3 Person Relay (Per Person)

$25 — Received by December 31, 2019

$30 — Received by June 30, 2020

$35 — Received by August 22, 2020

$40 — Received by September 3, 2020

$45 — In Person Registration at the Beni Kedem Temple, 100 Quarrier Street (next to the Charleston Civic Center), 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on September 4, 2020

Military (For ALL Events – Registration by mail only)

(Does not include family members)

$25 — Received by August 1, 2020

$35 — Received by September 3, 2020

$40 — In Person Registration at the Beni Kedem Temple, 100 Quarrier Street (next to the Charleston Civic Center), 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. on September 4, 2020

Mailed entries must be received by 10:00 a.m., local time September 3, 2020

Late Registration is at the Beni Kedem Temple, 100 Quarrier Street (next to the Charleston Civic Center) between 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION

Are there events besides the 15-mile race?

Yes. There are a three-person 15-mile relay (with legs of approximately 3, 5, and 7 miles), a 5K run, and a 5K walk. All of these events start on Saturday, September 5, 2020, at 7:30 a.m., on Kanawha Boulevard at the State Capitol Building.

On Friday, September 4, at 6:30 p.m., a Children's Fun Run will be held next to the Beni Kedem Temple.

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.

A runner registered in the 15 mile race may also register for the relay and run the 1st leg wearing both bibs.  Runner must also register for the relay.

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  

2) Mail an application, which can be printed from our website

3) Register in person at the pasta party and race packet pickup at the Beni Kedem Temple at 100 Quarrier Street (next to the Charleston Civic Center), Friday, September 4, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. 

Registration cost rises the longer you wait. 

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 until August 1, 2020 and $35 until September 3rd, 2020.  The entry fee is $40 at Friday's registration.

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 2020 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.

What is the Gold Rush/Silver Streak Program?

This is an early registration promotion, where those who register for the individual 15 mile race (Gold Rush) or the 5K race or walk (Silver Streak) by December 31, 2019, will get our lowest rate, and will also receive a unique Gold Rush or Silver Streak bib with their first name and a low number.  Also, Gold Rush and Silver Streak participants will be recognized by the announcer as they enter Laidley Field for the finish. 

When is the latest I can register?

Online registrations must be completed by Thursday, September 3, 2020, at 9:59 p.m.

Mailed applications must be received by Thursday, September 3, 2020.

Registrations can be made in person on Friday, September 4, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Beni Kedem Temple, when registrations will close.

THERE IS NO RACE DAY REGISTRATION!

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

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

Can I transfer my registration to someone else?

Yes. You must get the transfer approval by August 22, 2020 (2 weeks before the race).You must e-mail your request for a transfer to Bob Tate at rltcdr@suddenlink.net.  You will be contacted and instructed as what you have to do. 

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 short sleeve Bella + Canvas 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

Is there a pre-race dinner?

Yes. The Charleston Distance Run Pasta Party will be held at the Beni Kedem Temple, 100 Quarrier Street (next to the Civic Center) from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020.  The Pasta Party is being catered by The Chef's Club at Beni Kedem, which provides fantastic pasta! 

Participants will receive a Pasta Dinner ticket in their goody bag. For guests, there is an $8 charge for adults and a $5 charge for children under 12 (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).  The Children's Fun Run is held on Clendenin Street between the Beni Kedem Temple and the Charleston Town Center. 

Registration for the Children's Fun Run will be held at the Beni Kedem Temple beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 4, 2020, and the Fun Run begins at 6:30 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. 

How do I get my race packet?

Race packets may be picked up on Friday, September 4, 2020, from 3:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at the Beni Kedem Temple. We don't mail race packets. 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 5, 2020, from 6:30 am. until 7:15 am. The packets will be distributed from a Wells Home Furnishings 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.

Once I am registered, can I switch races?

Yes. Please send an email to rltcdr@suddenlink.net 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, but there is no refund for switching from the 15 mile to the 5K. Changes may also be made at the packet pick-up at the Beni Kedem Temple Friday night, September 4, 2020, at the registration table.

Where do the races start and finish?

All races start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, September 5, 2020, in front of the West Virginia State Capitol Building at 1900 Kanawha Boulevard E., Charleston, WV.

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 47 year history, but we will still run or walk if it rains.

What is the inclement weather policy?

Although it has never been necessary, the Race Director may cancel, delay, or change the events in case of extreme weather or other conditions that may affect the safety and health of the participants.  In the event of extreme weather during the Race, the Race Director may decide to shut down the course.  Should that occur, volunteers or traffic control on the course will be released from their positions; runner will be notified and asked to take shelter.  If you refuse to take shelter and continue on the course, you do so at your own risk.

In the event of inclement weather, entry fees are non-refundable.

How are the races timed?

All events on Saturday will be timed, using a timing strip tag 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 on the front of your short's right leg. 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 and 5K run/walk courses.  There are 12 stations total on the 15-mile course, plus stations at the start and finish.

Are there Portajohns at the race start and on the course?

Yes.  There are a number of Portajohns on California Avenue at the start, and also located throughout the 15-mile course.

Can I wear headphones during the race?

The use of personal listening devices (e.g. iPods or smart phones) 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.   Showers will be available at Laidley Field until 11:00 a.m.

Will I receive a finisher's medal?

Yes. All finishers of the 15-mile race, the 15-mile relay, 5K run and 5K walk will receive a unique finisher's medal, commemorating the 48th anniversary of the 15 mile race and the 28th anniversary of the 5K.

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 in the 15 mile race?

Yes.  Cash awards for the 2020 Charleston Distance Run 15 mile race will be as follows:

  

 

Male

Female

Overall

1

$500

$500

 

2

$400

$400

 

3

$300

$300

First West Virginian

 

$100

$100

First Charlestonian

 

$100

$100

Age Group 1-18      

1

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2

Trophy Only

Trophy Only

 

 

 

 

 Age Groups 19-74

1

$75 (11 Groups)

$75 (11 Groups)

 

2

$50 (11 Groups)

$50 (11 Groups)

 

 

 

 

Age Group 75-99

1

$50

$50

 

 

 

 

Wheelchair/Hand Cycle

1

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Trophy Only

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$2,825

$2,825

 

 

 

 

Duplication of awards will not be permitted for the winners of the Top 3 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.

All awards are based on chip time, not gun time.  Runners must complete the prescribed 15M course, including crossing all timing mats, to receive a finishers’ time and to be eligible for cash awards.  It is the runner’s responsibility to “know the course.”  Runners who fail to complete the prescribed course will be disqualified.

Any questions concerning the cash awards will be determined by the Charleston Distance Run Committee, in its sole discretion.

All cash award checks will be mailed within three (3) weeks.

Will Cash Awards be given in the 5K run?

Yes. Cash awards for the 2020 Charleston Distance Run 5K run will be as follows: 

  

 

Male

Female

Overall

1

$100

$100

 

2

$50

$50

 



Age Group 1-18      

1

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Trophy (3 Groups)

 

2

Trophy (3 Groups)

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 Age Groups 19-99

1

$30 (12 Groups)

$30 (12 Groups)

 

2

$20 (12 Groups)

$20 (12 Groups)

 

 

 

 





 

 

 

 

Wheelchair/Hand Cycle

1

Trophy Only

Trophy Only

 

 

 

 

Total

 

$750

$750

 

 

 

 

Duplications of awards will not be permitted for the winners of the Top 2 Overall (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.

All awards are based on chip time, not gun time.  Runners must complete the prescribed 5K course, including crossing all timing mats, to receive a finishers’ time and to be eligible for cash awards.  It is the runner’s responsibility to “know the course.”  Runners who fail to complete the prescribed course will be disqualified.

Any questions concerning the cash awards will be determined by the Charleston Distance Run Committee, in its sole discretion.

All cash award checks will be mailed within three (3) weeks

Will photographs be taken at the finish line and on the race course?

Yes

Are there nearby hotels?

Some suggested hotels in Charleston include:

Holiday Inn Express Civic Center
100 Civic Center Drive
Charleston, WV 25301
304.345.0600

Hampton Inn Charleston-Downtown 
1 Virginia Street West
Charleston, WV 25302
304.343.9300

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

Courtyard by Marriott Charleston Downtown/Civic Center
100 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV  25301
(304) 344-5777

Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston
300 Court Street
Charleston, WV  25301
(304) 347-8700

Four Points by Sheraton Charleston
600 Kanawha Boulevard, East
Charleston, WV  25301
(304) 344-4092

These hotels are located near the Civic Center and Beni Kedem Temple, the site of the Friday packet pick-up and the pasta dinner and also some good restaurants. Unfortunately, there aren't any hotel 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 4, 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