Saturday 28th October 2017
Chessie Trail @ McKethan Park: McKethan Park, Lexington, United States
Run The Chessie!
Run one of the most magnificent rail-trails ever created! The seven-mile Chessie Trail, situated at the southern end of the Shenandoah Valley, parallels the scenic Maury River and connects historic Lexington, Virginia, with the boom-town community of Buena Vista. The smooth gravel and grass trail runs along the former Chesapeake and Ohio rail line and parts of the earlier James and Kanawha Canal towpath. You’ll run through an ever-changing landscape along the wild Maury River, through farmland and leafy canopies at their peak of fall color, past ruins of massive stone locks and dams. View wildlife from fish and ducks to rabbits, wild turkeys, and even bald eagles (if you are lucky), feel the cool moist air as you pass small caves, and enjoy the serenity of a breeze rustling through a bamboo forest.
Half marathon runners will see nearly all of the trail as they head east towards Buena Vista, loop back to the starting line on the way to Lexington, and then loop back down to the finish line.
5 K runners will head towards Lexington, running along remote sections of the Maury River through forests and fields, and at the base of towering limestone cliffs. When the river bends into a double horseshoe, they will loop back for a slightly downhill finish.
Walkers are welcome in both the half marathon and 5K.
Half marathon registration includes a free, pre-race pasta dinner (except student registration), a complimentary brew from Lexington’s own Blue Lab Brewery (except students & minors), long sleeve t-shirt, custom medals for all finishers, awards to top overall finishers and age group winners, and post-race pizza, snacks, and beverage
5K runners will receive a t-shirt, medals to top overall finishers and age group winners, and snacks and beverage following the race.
Plenty of free parking near the start and plenty of other activities to make a weekend of it in the most beautiful part of Virginia! Registration for each race is limited to the first 300, so register now to ensure your spot.
Parking at McKethan Park will open at 6:30 a.m. Look for signs from Old Buena Vista Road. Packet pick up will be available from 6:30 – 7:00 near the starting line (ID & Student ID required). A bag drop for personal belongings will also be set up near the starting line and you must have your bib number to drop and pick up your bag. Restrooms at Pavilion #2 will be available for use. Porta-potties will also be available near the starting line. Snacks and beverages for the runners will be set up near the start/finish line.
The half marathon will start at 8:00 a.m. and the 5K will start at 8:30 a.m. An awards ceremony for each race will be conducted as soon as results are available. All race support functions will cease operation at noon.
For best results your bib number should be worn on your front, at chest height.
Friends Of The Chessie Trail
1 South River Road, Buena Vista