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Saturday, April 23, 2005 -- Elkins, WV
YMCA Ramp Race - (Century Series #1) (iPO Event Id#: 6895)

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Ramps for everyone!
The YMCA will soon be celebrating its 100th birthday! The Century of Service Series will help commemorate the Y's 100th year of service in the community and encourage physical fitness by rewarding individuals who participate in Elkins area running and walking events. The YMCA Ramp Race is the first race in the Series!

Everyone who registers for and completes each of the events in the Century Series will be presented with $100 at the completion of the last race, which will be the RailTrail Ramble. Walkers and runners are eligible to win.

About the Elkins Ramp Festival...
What would a springtime visit to West Virginia be without a trip to a ramp festival? While West Virginians celebrate their bountiful food harvests from spring to fall with plenty of other festivals, these festivals in late April and early May, devoted to the pungent and flavorful ramp are uniquely Appalachian and fun for everyone. Enjoy a home cooked dinner of ham, potatoes, beans and bread along with ramp cook-offs, musical entertainment and plenty of local characters. One of the best known of the WV ramp festivals is celebrated in the town of Elkins.

Ramp Race Details

  • There will be a 5K Run and a 3K Walk
  • entry fee = $15.00
  • Registration is on race day only at the Elkins YMCA 8:00 - 8:45 AM
  • Out and back course on Davis Avenue in Elkins, West Virginia
  • T-shirts for participants
  • Overall and age group trophies for awards (1st, 2nd, and 3rd - Male/Female)
  • This is the 1st race in the series.
  • There will be awards to the overalls and age groups

The ramp
Yummy Ramps
For More Location Info: Go to the Randolph County WV web site.

What is a Ramp? "Ramps" (Allium tricoccum), are a native edible plant which grows wild throughout the Appalachian Mountains. Known by West Virginians as "Ramps," they are closely related to the garlic family and often referred to as Wild Leeks.

This popular pungent wild vegetable will soon begin to make its springtime appearance in the rich soils of shady woods. Being the first edible wild greens that appeared following winter, early settlers welcomed ramps as a "spring tonic" following months of dried or salted foods. This culinary heritage has been passed from generation to generation.

TITLE: YMCA Ramp Race - (Century Series #1)
EVENTS: 5K Run, 3K Walk
WHEN: Sat, 23 Apr, 2005 @ 9:00 AM
WHERE: Elkins, WV
CONTACT: Sid Gillispie (304) 636-4515 E-mail
Joe Biola (304) 637-7820 E-mail
COMMENTS: 1st race in the Elkins Randolph YMCA Century of Service Series