This event has been postponed from Aug 22, 2020 to Nov 07, 2020
*** COVID19 Updates ***
9/13/2020: Due to continuing event size restrictions at Watters Smith State Park, we are switching to a 'virtual format'. While this is disappointing to all, it does provide an opportunity to continue your training, set a goal, and achieve some small victory in an otherwise very challenging year! Registration fees for the virtual 50K/25K will be reduced to $40; 10K/5K will remain as is. If you have already registered, you should be receiving an email with refund and virtual format instructions (we are asking you decide by 30 Sep to withdraw or remain as a virtual participant; full refunds are available for those who withdraw). More details will posted on this site and www.testthewatters.com in the coming days for those interested in continuing with the virtual option. Thank you for your understanding and support!
7/11/2020: Due to a significant recent surge in new COVID19 cases, we are postponing the race until November 7, 2020. This is our last possible date to hold this event in 2020, and if conditions and restrictions do not improve we'll need to cancel altogether. If you're considering this race, please sign up on the Watch List for status updates and COVID alerts.
6/16/2020: North Central WV has maintained a relatively low positive test rate over the past 4 months, and the State is now gradually progressing through its conservative re-opening plan. Currently we are permitted to have events up to 100 people (including staff), with social distance restrictions. We are not anticipating an increase in this number, so we are going to cap the total participants at 90 (all four races). This is our first year with the 25K/50K distances so we want to give preference to these races. To do so, we will close registration for the 25K/50K on August 15 and any remaining slots toward the 90 total will go to the 5K/10K races (both online and same-day registration). If you are considering the 25K/50K, please do not wait until the last minute! Registration fees will be refunded (minus the Ultrasignup admin fee) if the race is cancelled due to coronavirus restrictions.
6/16/2020: Our Event Team is highly committed to making this the safest event possible. We have four medical professionals on our Team experienced in screening and social distancing measures. All participants and spectators will be screened (including temperature checks) at the West park entrance before being allowing into the start/finish area at the East entrance. In the weeks leading up to the race we will send detailed safety guidance, including the screening protocols. Please pay close attention to the screening questions and be sure you can 'pass' before leaving home. For more information on our safety protocols, please visit www.testthewatters.com.
Watter You Waiting For?
After several years of hosting the area’s premiere 5K/10K trail race, Test The Watters is going ultra in 2020 with the addition of 50K and 25K distances. The gorgeous Watters Smith Memorial State Park in Lost Creek, West Virginia, is home to some of the region's top single track running and mountain bike trails. Fill your thirst for ultra while getting a taste of pioneer history – log cabins, frontier homes, aging barns, and mystic wells. Come Test the Watters!
Proceeds from this event benefit United Way of Harrison County WV. Check out our website at www.testthewatters.com.
Single Track Delight!
The course winds through mostly wooded, single track trails of the idyllic Watters Smith State Park. Several miles low-technical trails are great for beginners yet still challenging for experts due to their rolling nature and several short, steep climbs. In dry periods road shoes are suitable on this course.
All races start and finish at the Watters Smith Main Pavilion. The 25K race is one single loop traversing most of the Park’s formal trail system, plus a few miles of primitive trails in an undeveloped section of the Park. 50K runners make two loops. Course maps are posted on the event website (www.testthewatters.com). The 10K/5K is the traditional Test The Watters course using the Fawn, Black Cherry, White Oak, Rachel Hershey, Trick Track Trek, and Dogwood Trails.
50K / 25K
January 1 - March 31: $50 / $40
April 1 - June 30: $60 / $50
July 1 - October 31: $75 / $65
10K / 5K
January 1 - March 31: $25 / $20
April 1 - November 7: $35 / $25
Registration for 50K/25K closes on October 31. Online registration for 10K/5K closes November 4, but same-day registration will be available for these races until all 90 slots are filled (see COVID19 restrictions).
Be sure to sign up by October 26 to guarantee shirt size!
Overall male & female all distances
Masters male & female all distances
Grand master male & female 50K & 25K
Age group winners all distances
6/21 camping update: Free camping is available Friday night at a large baseball field adjacent the West Milford Community Center (623 Liberty St, West Milford, WV 26451), 3.2 miles from the race site. The large parking lot is also suitable for campers/RVs (no hookups). Please visit our website for more information.
6/21: The closest (nice) hotels are in Bridgeport WV. We are still working on securing a group rate and will put out the promo code as soon as possible.
Quality tech T-shirts for 50K/25K
Local time: 5:37 PM
Cotton T-shirts for 10K/5K
Buckwheats. And syrup.