Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
3.6
(5 Ratings)(5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.6
SCENERY
3.2
PRODUCTION
4.2
SWAG
3.4
Morgantown, West Virginia is a unique place which boasts some of the most beautiful scenery in the United States. Voted as one of the top small cities in the US and maintaining a big city atmosphere with a small town feel, we’re certain that a visit here won’t be your … MORE
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    rrgrant FIRST-TIMER '19

    The hills are a given for this race, the heat not so much. For this particular edition of the event, temperatures started around 69 degrees and were in the 80s … MORE

    The hills are a given for this race, the heat not so much. For this particular edition of the event, temperatures started around 69 degrees and were in the 80s for most of the time (at least for a back half runner like me). This is apparently 10-15 degrees hotter than normal for this time of year. I kept well hydrated and doused with water, but it was still a struggle in the second half.
    The swag is solid (quarter zip tech shirt this year), though I prefer something more colorful (it was grey with a small race logo on the left “pocket”). It was nice that they threw in extra shirts from past versions.
    The course was well marked with paint and signs, and volunteers were at the most critical junctures.
    It’s a small race (about 200 finishers), which I like, but it does get a bit lonely in the latter half.
    The shuttle to and from the start/finish area works great; no need to try to park near the arena.
    As advertised, it’s a tour of Morgantown, mixing residential, commercial, and WVU, as well as paved trails. It avoided unsightly industrial areas, but over 26.2 miles, you’ll see a mix of cool and less appealing structures. It was reasonably scenic, but not spectacular. Having said that, getting to Morgantown exposes you to some great scenery, and is worth the trip for that.
    If I lived in the area and didn’t have a number of other marathons out there to conquer, I would definitely do it again.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    4

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    martin.hoagland REPEAT RUNNER '19

    It's an out-and-back through ugly residential Morgantown. It's too bad because it's a beautiful area. Why can't the race go along the river, where it's prettier? Mountain vistas? Nope. Running … MORE

    It’s an out-and-back through ugly residential Morgantown. It’s too bad because it’s a beautiful area. Why can’t the race go along the river, where it’s prettier? Mountain vistas? Nope. Running along roads that aren’t closed and competing with traffic or for air as the cars sit and you breathe the exhaust coming up an insane hill in the last mile to finish…

    The shirt is ugly, the medal was uglier and the course, the ugliest.

    The race was well run, but poorly attended. Shuttle parking despite plenty of space at the basketball arena. The party at the end was ok.

    If you’re going to run WV, do a different race.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    1
    SWAG
    2

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    runningriddles FIRST-TIMER '18

    The communication and organization leading up the the race was perfect. Constant updates were posted on Facebook and emails sent as well. Packet pickup was super easy with plenty of … MORE

    The communication and organization leading up the the race was perfect. Constant updates were posted on Facebook and emails sent as well. Packet pickup was super easy with plenty of parking. I was a little concerned that I would have to take a shuttle to the start of the race on race day, but that was super easy as well. While the race does not have much crowd support due to the course, there are plenty of aid stations and rest stops with excellent volunteers. Overall it was an incredible experience set up by race director Jamie Summerlin. One last word of warning though…the course is VERY tough. They don’t use the hashtag #yesitshilly for no reason…and this coming from someone that trains on mountain back roads!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
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    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    M_Sohaskey Sep 23, 2018 at 10:06pm

    Much appreciated, Aaron! Like you I'm a 50 Stater and have yet to run in West Virginia (though I've run INTO West Virginia at Hatfield McCoy), so I appreciate this… MORE

    Much appreciated, Aaron! Like you I'm a 50 Stater and have yet to run in West Virginia (though I've run INTO West Virginia at Hatfield McCoy), so I appreciate this along with your excellent blog report. And yeah, those hills on the course elevation map you posted look pretty nasty. Luckily I don't shy away from hills, which makes this one even more enticing and I'll definitely keep it in mind. Thanks for the helpful review, and hope you'll continue to track your 50 States journey here on RaceRaves! LESS

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    runningriddles Sep 24, 2018 at 8:34am

    Glad to help! There was a guy whose run hundreds of marathons there who ran this one, and I read a review of his online that said this was the… MORE

    Glad to help! There was a guy whose run hundreds of marathons there who ran this one, and I read a review of his online that said this was the second hardest road race marathon he has ever done. So if you want a hill challenge, this is the one for you! LESS

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    lchristensen44 FIRST-TIMER '16

    Be sure to use a GPS to find the expo if you’re not local. There is a shuttle to the start and we were lucky to have stayed at a … MORE

    Be sure to use a GPS to find the expo if you’re not local. There is a shuttle to the start and we were lucky to have stayed at a hotel nearby the shuttle.

    The race starts and finishes at a university stadium. Expect a big hill in the last mile! There was a live band at the finish which was fun to listen to before taking the shuttle back to our car.

    If you’re looking to check WY off your list of half’s , I’d suggest this race.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    2
    SWAG
    3

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    glenberger FIRST-TIMER '15

    I thought it was run well and many agreed although they've definitely listened and adjusted the course in the following years. A must do in my opinion. It takes you … MORE

    I thought it was run well and many agreed although they’ve definitely listened and adjusted the course in the following years. A must do in my opinion. It takes you all over Morgantown and the course is challenging but very doable.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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