The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Half Marathon will be the 2016 RRCA Half Marathon National Championship. The race begins at 8 a.m. Aug. 20, 2016, in downtown Parkersburg. The rolling course will take you out of the city and into the scenic surroundings of West Virginia before looping back into the commercial area. You will finish the race to the cheers of thousands of spectators lined up on Market Street prior to the Parkersburg Homecoming Festival Parade.
This years 2 mile race will be the 2016 RRCA 2-mile West Virginia State Championship. The starting line is at Third and Juliana streets at the Towne Square Parking Garage and the finish line is at Sixth and Market streets. Race begins at 8:10 a.m. on Aug. 20, 2016. Awards will be presented at 10:30 a.m. at the Bicentennial Park area.
Based on age, the event will have age- and gender-based races for children ages 6-11. These races will follow the Tiny Tot Trot, which begins at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21, at Parkersburg High School's Stadium Field.
Distances are according to age
3 and under — 50m
4 & 5 — 100m
6 & 7 — 200m
8 & 9 — 400 m
10 & 11 — 800m
Tiny Tot Trot
For children 5 years old and under and will be held at Parkersburg High School's Stadium Field at 1 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 21. The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Tiny Tot Trot is a short distance race designed especially for children age 5 and under. To ensure the safety of the children, there will be races for each age and gender. All competitors in both races get a medal. All participants get a T-shirt.
The News and Sentinel Half Marathon has 16 aid stations serving water and electrolytes, starting at the 1.5 mile mark. Health-care professionals from Camden-Clark Hospital will be located at various sites throughout the course to provide medical assistance. The Two Mile Race also has waterstops, as do the kids races.
In addition to the News and Sentinel Half Marathon and other Homecoming activities, the Mid-Ohio Valley is packed with many other special attractions.
General race information Registration, Expo and Packet Pickup
You can pick up your race packet and register for all races and shop at the Runners Expo from 2 until 9 p.m. Aug. 19 at the Parkersburg Municipal Building. You can also pick up your packet from 6 until 7 a.m on race day.
There will be no race day registration of the Half Marathon or Two mile race. We do not offer refunds if you are unable to run in the race.
Registrations for the kids races will be accepted up to 10 minutes before the event. Packets for the Half Marathon and Two Mile Race also can be picked up on race day from 6 until 7 a.m. at the Parkersburg Municipal Building.
Pre-race pasta dinner
One of the outstanding features of the News and Sentinel Half Marathon is our pre-race pasta dinner. The cost of the dinner for Half Marathon participants is included in the entry fee. Two-milers may purchase dinner tickets for $3 if they present their race bib. Guests may buy dinner tickets for $7 at the door and children are $4. The location for the dinner will be at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center on 609 Market St. (right in front of the finish line).
Post-race pizza luncheon
There will be a post-race pizza luncheon served at from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday after the race. The luncheon cost for participants in the half marathon is covered in the entry fee. Runners must present their half marathon race number for admission. Guests and two-milers may buy luncheon tickets ($5) at the door. Children are $4. The location for the lunch will also be at the St. Francis Xavier Parish Center on 609 Market St. in downtown Parkersburg.
Refunds & Cancellations
The Parkersburg News and Sentinel Races will take place rain or shine. In the case of lightning the start of the races may be briefly postponed. In case of extreme weather, natural disaster, civil unrest or any other circumstance beyond our control, the race director shall determine if and when the event shall cease, resume or be cancelled. No refunds will be issued if the event is cancelled and no refunds are issued to athletes that are unable to attend the race for any reason. Weather in Parkersburg the third week of August is normally dry and hot. In the history of the event, it has never been postponed or canceled.
Minimum age to run in the Half Marathon is 15.