UC Marathon and 5K

4/6/2019 - All Day

Join us for the 2019 Charlie West Fest & Run! (formerly the Rhododendron Festival & Run)

APRIL 6, 2019

On the campus of the University of Charleston 

This year, we’re excited to offer two excellent running events -  the UC Half Marathon and a 5K Race! Both races wind through the beautiful neighborhoods of Kanawha City along the historic Kanawha River. Our runs are managed by runners who know what it takes to provide an excellent running and race experience, and we are excited to announce that for 2019 we are expanding the event into a post-race festival of Appalachian culture including food, regional beers, local, music, and more.

The UC running events have become a vehicle for reinvestment in students. In a time of shallow pockets, we have been able to use race proceeds to reinvest in student development and last year we were able to sponsor many students to attend the CreateWV conference to learn about and explore strategies to grow the state economically and socially.

We have also been able to use past race proceeds to support a program that trained local school children to complete the 5K event. Race proceeds allowed us to make race registration possible for all interested child runners and their families. Also, we were able to work with local artisans for the production of our race medal and race awards. We solicited our medal and award designs from a local potter and glass craftsperson.

For more information or to register for one of this year’s runs, please visit https://www.uchalfmarathon5k.com/register.