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Sunday, October 25, 2009 -- Morgantown, WV / Hazel Ruby McQuain Waterfront Park and surrounding rail-trails Morgantown, WV
Deckers Creek Adventure Race & Festival (iPO Event Id#: 12305) -- Hosted by Friends of Deckers Creek
Sponsored by The Adventure's Edge & WVU College of Physical Activity & Sports Science

[Coverage] [Results]

Racers Start Deckers Adventure Race
See coverage from 2007.

The Race

All proceeds benefit Friends of Deckers Creek. This 3 hour sprint Adventure Race will take place from 1-4 PM. Teams of 3 will compete in foot travel, biking, rappelling, canoeing, orienteering, and team mystery challenges for the title of Adventure Day champions. All racers receive an Adventure Day commemorative t-shirt, and food and beverages after the race.

Registration / Fees

Print your [Entry Form]

Pre-registration fee is $90 per team until Friday October 9th, and late registration is $120 per team until Friday October 23rd. No day of race registration!

The Festival

During the race, the FODC Youth Advisory Board will host a FREE community festival with fun, environmental education activities for the racers' families and friends and sell refreshments.

Following the race from 4-5 PM, there will be live music and race awards for top finishers in several categories including male, female, co-ed, family and business/organization and of course, best costume!

The Schedule

  • 11:00 - 12:30 - team check-in
  • 11:30 - mandatory volunteer meeting
  • 12:30 - mandatory team meeting
  • 1 - 4 pm - race and festival
  • 4 - 5 pm - music, food and beverages, and awards

About the Course

Team Swoosh Bags, Deckers Race
The Deckers Creek Adventure Race is a 3-hour, sprint distance adventure race designed to challenge beginner and more experienced racers alike. The race will include activities such as cycling, foot travel, canoeing, rappelling, orienteering and many mystery challenges that will challenge both your body and your mind. Events will take place along the Caperton and Deckers Creek Rail-Trails, on the Monongahela River, and through out the WVU Core Arboretum.

Due to the open course design (*participants will choose their route and race strategy) accurate distances for the race can not be stated. However, it is predicted that an advanced team who manages to complete all of the challenges and legs of the race will cover approximately 12 miles of cycling, 4-5 miles of foot travel, and 1 mile of canoeing while a beginner team may only cover half that distance.

This event will be great for first time and young racers due to the freedom to complete the race as you see best based on your team's abilities and goals. Advanced racers will also be challenged as strategy comes into play with the course's many events, all of which may not be possible to accomplish within the 3-hour time limit.

All racers must have a bike, helmet, and water bottle and sign all appropriate waivers. Race team members must be at least 12 years old and have one adult per team.


This event originated as CarpFest, named appropriately after the only fish living in Deckers Creek in the late 90's. CarpFest was a grassroots gathering with live music, hands-on environmental education activities, food and good company to celebrate Deckers Creek and FODC. With all of the different fish species now calling Deckers Creek and its tributaries home, we thought this event could use a name change.

So, the Deckers Creek Adventure Day (DCAD) held every fall at Hazel Ruby McQuain Waterfront Park in Morgantown has expanded on the traditional community festival and now includes an adventure race. Teams of three get decked out in costumes and uniforms to compete in this family-friendly, 3 hour, high adventure event with biking, hiking, canoeing and team mystery challenges. Live music, educational workshops and fun kids activities can also be enjoyed.

DCAD is sponsored annually by numerous local businesses who contribute $150 to FODC. Your business can be a sponsor too and have your logo on the back of FODC's annual t-shirt. Fill out a membership form or contact FODC for more information.

Start Date: 2009-10-25     Start Time: 12:30pm
Event Name: Deckers Creek Adventure Race & Festival
Location(s): Morgantown, WV 26505
Hazel Ruby McQuain Waterfront Park
Event Type(s): Multi
Event Distance(s):
Contact(s): Sara Veselka
   Phone: 304-292-3970
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