Time to start training -- Charleston Distance Run less than 100 days away
CHARLESTON, WV (WCHS/WVAH) —
As Memorial Day arrives, there is another tradition in the Kanawha Valley that is now less than 100 days away - the Charleston Distance Run.
The 44th CDR is set to begin 7:30 a.m. Sept. 3 on Kanawha Boulevard across from the West Virginia Capitol. Participants can choose between the 15-mile race; three-person 15-mile relay; 5K run; and 5K walk.
Some great names in road racing have battled it out on the streets of Charleston during this historic event, including Frank Shorter, Bill Rodgers and Grete Waitz.
The CDR offers a challenging course in the 15-mile race. The route follows a course through flat downtown streets in the first several miles before heading through the challenging South Hills section, including Capitol Punishment Hill. Runners exit the hills section and do the last half part of the race on flat downtown streets and finish at Laidley Field. The 5K race route follows flat downtown streets and also finishes at Laidley Field.
The CDR offers lots of perks including a pasta dinner at the Charleston Civic Center the night before the race, T-shirt, goodie bag, cash awards in various competition categories and a post-race awards ceremony with pizza and refreshments.
Eyewitness News' coverage of last year's race is below: