Beauty, Mountains and Challenge: Greenbrier County’s Dirt Dash & Rocky Ridge Trail Runs

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PHOTO: Dirt Dash & Rocky Ridge Trail Runs Facebook
PHOTO: Dirt Dash & Rocky Ridge Trail Runs Facebook

The Mountain State has long been known for its rugged beauty, unforgiving terrain, and, yes, mountains. Therefore, it should come as no surprise that when organizers put together a trail run to benefit the United Way of Greenbrier Valley, participants are encouraged to expect “lots of hills and amazing scenery.”

Appalachian runners and walkers need to mark their calendars for Saturday, May 6, 2017, and plan to participate in one of the two races scheduled to be held inside the Greenbrier State Forest.

The Dirt Dash 5-Mile Trail Run will feature five tough, yet beautiful miles through the Greenbrier State Forest in Greenbrier County, West Virginia. “This is a hilly, mostly single track trail race,” stated the organization’s website. Runners will experience six different trails during this challenging adventure.

The other race, the Rocky Ridge 15k Trail Run, will present participants with more than nine tough miles of pristine West Virginia terrain that will both showcase Greenbrier County’s natural charm as well as challenge participants in a test of endurance like few others.

Participants in the Dirt Dash 5-Mile Trail Run will enjoy trail names such as “The Holler Trail” and “Twin Pines Trail”, while the Rocky Ridge 15k Trail Run will place participants on Young’s Nature Trail, Black Bear Trail, Old Roads Trail and Rocky Ridge Trail, among others.

Both races are set to begin at 9 a.m. and pre-registration costs for the Dirt Dash is $25 and $35 for Rocky Ridge (race day registration is an additional five dollars for either event).

This event benefits the United Way of Greenbrier Valley’s annual programs and services.

“The Dirt Dash and Rocky Ridge are unique in that they’re both trail runs that offer an exciting terrain and beautiful scenery,” stated Erin Hurst, Executive Director of the United Way of Greenbrier Valley.

“The ideal participant is someone who wants to give trail running a try (it’s ok to walk!), work on their trail running time with Dirt Dash, or really challenge themselves with Rocky Ridge.”

Individuals wishing to register may do so by visiting the following link: https://www.unitedwaygreenbrier.org/dirtdashr