Street closures, Expo details announced for West Virginia 5K

Updated 4 years ago From Press Release

Participants and those in Huntington on June 22 should be aware of street closures, and the race route for The West Virginia 5K Championship.

Veterans’ Memorial Boulevard and 8th Street will be closed from 6 a.m. until 12 p.m. on June 22 for the West Virginia 5K Championship and 10K bike race. Bikers will be on Veterans’ Memorial Boulevard and Virginia Avenue from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., so drivers are asked to find an alternate route.

The West Virginia 5K Championship is a 5K loop course that circles the downtown Huntington area. The start and finish line will both be on Veterans’ Memorial Boulevard.

West Virginia 5K Championship Run/Walk begins at 8 a.m. Participants will start by heading west on Veterans’ Memorial Boulevard, approximately 0.6 miles before turning left on First Street, where they will head south for two blocks before turning left again on Fifth Avenue. They will travel almost 1.5 miles down Fifth Avenue before turning left on Hal Greer Boulevard. After running or walking two blocks on Hal Greer, the participants will turn left on Third Avenue, where they are more than half of a mile away from the finish line. The runners and walkers will continue on Third Avenue and finish on Veterans’ Memorial Boulevard.

The race course will close at 9 a.m., at which time participants still on the course will be asked by Huntington Police to move off the road pavement and onto the sidewalks.

Registration is $25 until race day. One race day, registration is $30. Entry fees are non-refundable.

Packet pick-up is Friday, June 21 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the St. Mary’s Conference Center (corner of 5th Avenue and 29th Street). A health expo will be featured, and the first 500 participants will receive a commemorative race glass. Participants will also receive a free spaghetti dinner; dinner will be $5 for non-participants.

The proceeds of the West Virginia 5K Championship will be invested in efforts to curb childhood obesity in United Way of the River Cities’ five-county service area.

“The money raised by the race will be used to fund local efforts to help prevent childhood obesity”, said Laura Gilliam, United Way executive director. “United Way of the River Cities will release a special Request for Proposals. Funding will target those outcomes that reduce risk factors for childhood obesity”.

To register and for more information about The Herald-Dispatch West Virginia 5K Championship, visit Also contact United Way of the River Cities at 304-523-8929, or email at

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