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Saturday, May 6, 2017 -- Albright, WV / Preston Country Club
Cheat Fest 5K (iPO Event Id#: 16443)

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The morning of the Cheat River Music Festival starts with a 5K run that attracts athletes, walkers and families from West Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and beyond.

2017 Registration

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  • Registration online or by mailing in the flyer before April 28 is $25.00. RaceDay Registration is $30.00.

  • All runners who register by March 31st will receive a complimentary t-shirt,

  • Race Day Registration: 8:30-9:45 am / Race Start: 10:00 am

  • Entry fee includes FREE Admission to The Cheat River Festival!

Unique Awards:

male, female, and age category winners will receive unique ceramic medallions created by a local artist and stained with an iron oxide underglaze extracted from Acid Mine Drainage. These awards uniquely showcase an innovative way to use a by-product of the pollution we work so hard to correct.

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Water and snacks will be available for runners immediately following the race. Everyone can purchase additional food and beverages from the many quality vendors on the festival grounds. Results will be posted on, and on the website, timing services provided by Miles of Smiles.

Course . . . [ Course Map ]

This flat to rolling loop course begins and ends at the Preston County Country Club. There is a slight incline at the start, until runners bear right onto the gently rolling Whetsell Road. At the 1-mile marker Whetsell Road intersects with Country Club Road. Runners will continue left on Whetsell Road as it parallels the rhododendron lined banks of Buffalo Creek. Shortly after crossing Buffalo Creek, runners will spot a turnaround that will direct them back to the intersection with Country Club Road. This time runners will bear left onto Country Club Road. Just beyond the intersection lies the 2-mile marker. From this point on runners will encounter a mostly flat to slightly downhill course. At the next intersection runners will make a right and cruise along the Cheat River until they return to the Preston Country Club, completing the circuit.


Preston County Country Club
1 Camp Dawson Road
Kingwood, WV 26537

All Proceeds Benefit the Preston Rail Trail Committee of FOC

The Preston Rail-Trail Committee formed in 2002 with a focus on advancing the development of non-motorized rail-trails in Preston County. The group has a vision for over 40 new miles of rail-trail system in Preston County, connecting to a variety of other successful trails systems including the Mon River Trails system and Allegheny Trail. With the support of Friends of the Cheat, The group has secured nearly $500K for the Cheat River rail-trail and WV Northern (Kingwood to Tunnelton) rail-trail projects. The group typically meets the first Monday of each month at the FOC offices in Kingwood at 5pm. New faces are always welcome!

Start Date: 2017-05-06     Start Time: 10:00am
Event Name: Cheat Fest 5K
Location(s): Albright, WV 26519
Preston Country Club
Event Type(s): Run
Event Distance(s): 5K
Contact(s): Bill Pennington
   Phone: 304-329-3621
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