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Saturday, May 2, 2009 -- Kingwood, WV
Cheat Fest 5K (iPO Event Id#: 11937)
Preston County Country Club, 246 Camp Dawson Road, Kingwood, WV 26537 [Coverage] [Photos] [Overall Results] [Results by Class]

Coverage: [2005] [2006] [2007] [2008]

Sign-up Today! [Register Online] or print your [Entry Form]

Entry Fee // $20 if you register by Saturday April 25th 2009. Registrations postmarked after this date and race day registration will $25.


Free Admission // ALL participants receive free admission to the Cheat River Festival

Shirts // The first 100 registered runners will receive a free Cheat Fest 5K T-shirt

Starts at 10:00 am, Saturday, May 2 (Race Day Registration is from 8:30-9:45 am)

Cheat Fest Run photo
iPlayOutside will provide photos

This year marks the fifth Cheat Fest 5K Race! All profits go to the Preston Rail Trail Committee, a local group of citizens dedicated to converting abandoned rail road corridors into safe walking/biking trails in Preston County.


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.

Post-Race Refreshments

Water and snacks will be available for runners immediately following the race. Everyone can purchase food and beverages from vendors inside the Cheat River Festival.

Unique Awards

Once again, the awards are ceramic dyed EnvironOxide medallions. The overall awardees will receive sculpted ceramic bowls that are dyed with EnvironOxide. These awards are crafted by a local potter, Gail Vincent.

Overalls // The overall awards will be given to top 3 male and female finishers.

Age Groups // (Male/Female) 14 and under, 15-18, 19-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70 and over, top 3 male and female finishers from each category will receive an award

Race Coverage

Photos, recap, and results will be posted here on

Directions from I-68

Take Exit 23 for Bruceton Mills. Turn onto Route 26 South. Continue on Route 26 south for about 10 miles. You will pass the Cheat River Festival Site and Albright Exxon Station and Kwik Stop. Turn left onto St. Joe's Road (Route 7/12) immediately before the Cheat River Bridge. Follow St. Joe's Road for approximately 3 miles. Make the right immediately before the intersection with Route 7 at the Caddell Bridge. Follow signs to the Preston Country Club. Signs will be posted directing you to parking and registration.

Directions from Route 7 (Morgantown)

Follow Route 7 South from Morgantown through Kingwood. Immediately after crossing the Cheat River at Caddell Bridge make a left onto St. Joe's Road and another immediate left back underneath of Route 7. Follow signs to the Preston Country Club. Signs will be posted directing you to parking and registration.

About the Cheat River Festival

Cheat River Fest Photo
Cheat River Festival
Enjoy a fun-filled day filled with live music, great food, an Artist Market, climbing wall, and more. Additional features include live auctions of donated goods, a children's area, and a Downriver paddling race the evening before the fest. Nonprofit groups and agencies will have displays in the Focus tent. The festival also features over many vendors showing paddling gear, clothing, and unique items.

The Festival benefits The Friends of the Cheat (FOC), helping to restore, preserve, and promote the outstanding natural qualities of the Cheat River watershed.

Start Date: 2009-05-02     Start Time: 10:00am
Event Name: Cheat Fest 5K Run & Walk
Location(s): Kingwood, WV 26537
Preston County Country Club, 246 Camp Dawson Road, Kingwood, WV 26537
Event Type(s): Run
Event Distance(s): 5K
Contact(s): Jessica Zamias
Friends of the Cheat
   Phone: 304-329-3621 / 304-329-3622 Fax
Comments: Part of the Cheat Festival! --- Run, sun, music, food, and fun!
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