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Saturday, June 3, 2006 -- Philippi, WV
The Blue and Gray 5K Run and Walk (iPO Event Id#: 7319)

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Race through the historic covered bridge of Philippi, WV
Details: Saturday, June 3, 2005 @ 9:00 a.m. at the Court House, Philippi, West Virginia. The profits benefit Belington Elementary School. Short-sleeved T-shirts guaranteed to first 100 registrants.

Entry Fee: Print your [ENTRY FORM] and sign up!
Pre-registration (Postmarked before May 23) = $12.00
Late and race day registration (after May 23) = $15.00  

Course: A flat, fast course with one challenging hill, starting and ending behind the Barbour County Courthouse. 

Awards: In the RUN - First, second, and third place and the following age groups for men and women: 10 & under, 11 -14, 15 - 19, 20 - 24, 25-29, 30 - 34, 35-39, 40 -44, 45-49, 50 - 54, 55 - 59, 60 and over

In the WALK - First, second, and third place and the following age groups for men and women: 29 and under, 30 - 39, 40 -49, 50 -59, 60 and over

The Blue & Gray Reunion: On race day and during the week you can relive the year 1861, when the first land battle of the Civil War was fought. Re-enactors in Philippi, West Virginia will highlight important moments in our history. Also, Civil War campsites will be erected for the public to enjoy.

Bring the whole family to see the chili cook-off, parade, crafts, and food vendors everywhere. Area artists will have their paintings on display and the Community Education Outreach Service will host a Quilt Show. See more info. about these events at

How to get there: Directions can be found here.

The Blue & Gray Reunion
The Historic Philippi Covered Bridge: The Philippi Covered Bridge was completed in 1852 to a design by West Virginia's pioneer covered bridge builder, Lemuel Chenoweth. The bridge is an outstanding example of a modified Burr truss with two spans totaling 308 LF. It is historically significant in its own right as one of the finest examples of the timber bridge builder's art. In the mind of the public, however, it is identified with the first engagement of the Civil War following the shelling of Fort Sumpter.

The 285 foot structure is the only remaining "double barreled" covered bridge serving a U.S. Highway. During the Civil War, the bridge was used by both the North and South Troops.

Philippi Civil War History: The Battle of Philippi was the first land battle of the Civil War and took place on June 3, 1861. The events of that morning culminated in the hasty retreat of the Confederate troops and the victors dubbed the encounter, "The Philippi Races." In 1911, the people of Philippi began commemorating that first land battle with the Blue & Gray Reunion.

TITLE: The Blue and Gray 5K
EVENTS: 5K Run, 5K Walk
WHEN: Sat, 3 Jun, 2006
WHERE: Philippi, WV
CONTACT: Alice Tenney (304) 457-4187 E-mail