Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon

Location: Jackson River Scenic Trail, Covington, VA


Sat, Jun 23 2018
7:00 AM


Jackson River Scenic Trail


Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon

Event Description

The Jackson River Scenic Trail follows its namesake river, winding its way between Intervale, just north of Covington, to Smith Bridge Trail Head 7.2 miles north. The trail follows an old railroad bed of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway (Hot Springs Branch) and passes through small communities, cultivated fields, and small patches of woodland along the way. It's common to see wildlife from the trail (birds, turtles, raccoons, rabbits, ground hogs, and deer). The Jackson River Scenic Trail Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, and 5K coincide with the Covington Cork and Pork celebration! Contact The Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Tourism for information 540-962-2178. Packet pick up on Friday, June 22, will run from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the Covington Farmers Market located at 134 West Main Street, so you can plan to join the festivities downtown! In its fifth year, the Covington Cork and Pork Festival BBQ competition is a Kansas City Barbeque Society sanctioned event. While the barbeque will stand front and center as the centerpiece of this festival, there will be entertainment, a wine-tasting event, and children activities. Friday's activities run from 12 noon to 9:30 p.m. Saturday’s events run from 10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m. On Saturday morning, packet pick up will move to the Intervale Trailhead and open at 6:30 a.m. The marathon will begin at 7:00 a.m., the half marathon at 7:15 a.m., 10K at 7:30 a.m., and 5K at 7:45 a.m. All races begin and end at the Intervale Trailhead in Covington, Virginia. Field parking is available, however, we encourage carpooling whenever possible. The course is on the smooth, crushed-gravel surface of the Jackson River Scenic Trail. The trail is mostly flat with some light hills. This is an in-and-out course, meaning all races begin and end at the Intervale Trailhead. Each race has well-marked turn-around points with volunteers making sure you don't miss them. There will be hydration stations on both the way out as well as on the return back. Port-a-johns are available at the start/finish, and at the trailheads of Petticoat, Smith Bridge and Natural Well. Refreshments will be available at the finish line. Marathon runners should be able to finish the race in a 14:00 pace. This is a 6:30 full marathon time. Half marathon runners should be able to finish the race in a 14:00 pace. This is a 3:05 half marathon time. Age brackets for the races depend on participation. All finishers will receive a finisher’s medal. The top 3 overall male and female finishers for each race will receive distinctive awards. The top three finishers in each age group will receive certificates of achievement. Thirty minutes following the completion of each race by the top 3 men and women, the awards ceremony for that race will take place. The location of the awards ceremony is the large tent at the Intervale Trailhead. Please note that we will not mail awards so please plan to remain for the awards ceremony for your race!

Event Details


Location: Jackson River Scenic Trail, Covington, VA

Date and Time

Saturday, June 23, 2018 7:00 AM - Saturday, June 23, 2018 1:30 PM


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  • #5k
  • #half-marathon
  • #marathon
  • #trail run

How to find the event and parking

Intervale Trail Head, The Jackson River Scenic Trail Dressler Dr., off US 220 (just north of Covington) Covington, VA US 24426

Jackson River Scenic Trail Facts

States: Virginia
Counties: Alleghany
Length: 14.3 miles
Trail end points: Jackson River Rd. at Natural Well Rd. (Natural Well) and Dressler Dr., off US 220 (just north of Covington)
Trail surfaces: Gravel
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6017619
Trail activities: Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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