Annual High Bridge Half-Marathon and 5K Set For September 10

   Written by on August 25, 2016 at 10:10 am

By Crystal Vandegrift, Staff Writer

The Fourth Annual High Bridge Half-Marathon and 5K will be held on September 10 and there is still time to register to participate.

The Half Marathon starts at 7:30am followed by the 5K beginning at 8 a.m.

Online registration is open until September 5. Half-Marathon: $75 per runner; 5K: $30 per runner.

On-Site Registration is available for paper and electronic kiosk registrations during Packet Pickup Hours: Friday, September 9 from Noon to 8 pm; Saturday, September 10, 6:30 am – 7:00 am (Half-Marathon) or 7:30 am (5K).

The race will be held on an out-and-back course beginning in Farmville Downtown at High Bridge Trail State Park Plaza. The park is a rail-to-trail conversion that is wide, level and has very little grade. The trail surface consists of finely crushed limestone that is well packed. The half marathon will cross the historic High Bridge twice. High Bridge is nearly a half mile long and towers 125 feet above the Appomattox River.

The Historic High Bridge runs through the Heart of Virginia in Prince Edward and Cumberland Counties. Heralded as the largest bridge of its kind in the United States, the High Bridge and the battle for control of it was a contributing factor to General Robert E. Lee’s surrender of the Army of Northern Virginia in nearby Appomattox Courthouse. Today, the bridge is the centerpiece of the 31-mile High Bridge Trail State Park that includes the historic commercial district of Farmville.

Farmville was the site of one of the last battles of the American Civil War and home to one of the first critical moments in the Battle for Civil Rights in Education.

Runners will enjoy on-course support with spirit groups, live music, water stations. Timing and scoring of the races is provided by Riverside Runners, Lynchburg, VA. Finisher medals will be presented to all half-marathon runners who complete the race during the timing period.

Cash awards will be presented to the top 3 overall male & female finishers for the half marathon. Awards will be presented to the top three overall finishers and to the top three age level finishers for each race with half-marathon overall Master (40+), Grand Master (50+), and Senior Grand Master (60+).

Volunteer are also needed for this event.

For more information on the Fourth Annual High Bridge Half-Marathon and 5K or how to volunteer email manager@farmvilledowntown.com or call 434-392-3060.

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