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Sunday, October 25, 2009 -- Morgantown, WV / Hazel Ruby McQuain Waterfront Park
Deckers Creek Adventure Race & Festival (iPO Event Id#: 12305)

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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 Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC). With all of the different fish species now calling Deckers Creek and its tributaries home, the FODC thought this event could use a name change.

2009 DCAD Photo
Stream Pollution Queens
So, the Deckers Creek Adventure Day (DCAD) is 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 are also enjoyed.

The third Annual Deckers Creek Adventure Day on Sunday, October 25th, at Hazel Ruby McQuain Waterfront Park in Morgantown, WV had beautiful weather, great costumes, and lots of fun!

Racers in teams of three with creative costumes and uniforms competed in biking, foot travel, canoeing, rappelling, orienteering, and team mystery challenges that challenged their bodies and their minds for the title of Adventure Day Champions and a rafting trip for three on the Gauley River.

Thanks to our 2009 Adventure Day sponsors (list below) and the large number of volunteers, especially from Adventure WV, who came out to help, the 2009 event was a big success! Thank you!

2009 Sponsors:

ACE Adventure Resort, Adventure West Virginia, Adventure's Edge, AllStar Express

Donald Altemus, Blaine Turner Advertising, BOPARC, Donald Altemus

Citizens Bank, CompuHigh, Curves for Women / Sabraton, Dave and Marilee Hall

East-West Screen Printing & Embroidery, John Fichtner Chainsaw Art

Law Office of William Pennington, Morgantown Road Runners

Morgantown's Dot Com. & Sign Co., Morgantown Fire Department, Morgantown Power Equipment

Morgantown Road Runners, Outlaw Motorsports, Partners in Women's Healthcare

Shrout Excavating, Tatham's Garden Center & Landscaping, Tirelady's Rainbow Tire

The Sports Page, Waterfront Jeep, Waterfront Place Hotel

WVU College of Physical Activity and Sport Sciences, WVU Outdoor Recreation Center

Friends of Deckers Creek (FODC) started in 1995 with the thought that Deckers Creek is beautiful, but abused, and needs friends. An informal group of kayakers, rock climbers and other creek lovers started organizing clean-ups of illegal dumps and monitoring water quality. By 1997, this group began receiving small grants to support its work. FODC then obtained 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in 2000 and held its first membership drive in 2001.

In 1998, the state Department of Environmental Protection and federal Natural Resources Conservation Service committed $10 million to clean up acid mine drainage in the Deckers Creek watershed, an effort that continues to be guided by FODC even now. For more information visit the FODC online at: