Here’s as full-as-possible a list of West Virginia running/walking groups and running stores

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Active Southern West Virginia

(Fayette, Raleigh, Summers, Nicholas counties)


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Active Southern West Virginia, created in 201X, creates opportunities for physical activity for people of all ability levels in Fayette, Raleigh, Summers and Nicholas counties. About 4,000 people participated in ActiveSWV events in 2017

Community Captain volunteers lead weekly activities in their communities: walking, hiking, running, bicycling, paddling, rock climbing, tai chi, yoga, dance and dog walking

The organization offers special events like the Active SWV Family Triathalon and the Active SWV Bridge Day 5K

More than 120 volunteer coaches oversee the growing 6-8 week Kids Run Clubs, in the fall and spring. More than 1,000 children participated in 2017.

Contact:  Melanie Seiler, (304) 254-8488, / 116 North Heber Street Suite B, Beckley 25801

Bros and Bras



Calendar: Click on “calendar” at

Created in 2014,  Bros and Bras is about running, walking, and having fun together. “We cater to the middle-or-back-of-the-pack athelete,” their Web site says, with “no expectations, no judgment.” Bros and Bras offers almost daily opportunities every week to run with others, special races and classes taught by volunteers. “It’s made a big difference in the community,” said Dr. Mark Cucuzzella.

Bros and Bras offers regular weekly events, special events and runs, and classes taught weekly by volunteers on a variety of subjects. Special events such as the Veterans Challenge and Grandma’s Run/Walk. Part of the proceeds go to charities and the Jefferson Rescue Squad.

Contact: Kevin Brackens / / (304) 377-7749 / Two Rivers Treads, 400 S Mildred St, Ranson, 25438

Genesis Running

(Kanawha, Putnam, Cabell, Mercer, expanding fast)

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Genesis Running, a faith-based program, has taught more than 1,000 people to run. Anybody who wants to learn to run safely is welcome. We see running as one great way to take care of our God-given bodies. Genesis programs can be offered to the community at large and through congregations.
Genesis offers:
– a nine-week “Couch to 5K” program that prepares new runners for a 5k, but helps all levels. No prior running experience is required. 
– For more advanced runners, a half-marathon class.
– online training, delivered through emails and video. 
– periodic training for people who would like to be certified at Genesis coaches. Contact Matt Young for more information.
– Hundreds of Genesis grads have formed a Genesis Grads group so people can continue to run together outside of class. 

Contact: Matt Young, 

Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia



Girls on the Run is a national program that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using curriculum which integrates running with self-confidence-boosting activities. West Virginia has three GOTR councils. The Northcentral Council serves seven counties and more than 600 girls each year.

Inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We are one of three GOTR councils in West Virginia, and we cover seven North Central WV counties – serving 600 girls per year. We believe in the power of running to transform lives and are pleased to support the WVRRN.

For more information on GOTR in West Virginia, see

Trained volunteer coaches lead small teams of girls through a research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. During a ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop skills that build confidence and help establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with a 5K event.

Girls in grades 6 – 8 participate in the Heart and Sole program. Girls in grades 9 – 12 also have the opportunity to get involved as coaches.

Contact: / (304) 685-4140



Healthy in the Hills / Tug Valley Road Runners Club

These two organizations have partnered to create a very active running/walking program in the Williamson area.

Web sites: and  Keep checking the facebook pages for the daily and weekly runs.

Facebook pages: and

Events schedule: For daily runs: Facebook

Events range from the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon to monthly 5Ks, weekly Tuesday Night Track, beginners training, trail runs and daily runs advertised through the Tug Valley Road Runners facebook page.  More than 1,300 people participated in 2017 events.

Beginners and children are encouraged to come to all events. Walkers are part of every event.

The Tug Valley Road Runners Club is a non-profit Road Runner Clubs of America member. It sponsors a free children’s running program in southern WV and Eastern Ky. Schools. It also offers a scholarship program for high schoolers involved in track or cross-country running. Part of the proceeds of each race go to a non-profit.

Contact: Alexis Batausa: 

Middle-School Cross-Country Running




Currently working with Colleen Farrell to grow middle school running programs in WV. So far, we have worked with folks in Tucker County, Mercer County, Mingo County, Upshur County to promote programs there. We have recently presented to the statewide meeting of gym teachers (a conference called WVAHPERD) and are starting to think about what we are doing in 2018

We are working with Josh Grant at the WV Department of Education to identify schools and teachers who are motivated to start a running program. We are refining our coaching handbook and getting it to anyone who wants it, then supporting them to get off the ground

Our 2018 calendar likely will include Try This WV again. We are hoping to have programs we start help us identify other folks near them to increase our reach

Contact: Ryan McCarthy PHONE  EMAIL

West Virginia Mountain Trail Runners

Web site:


Calendar:  and  How find out about other events?

We are folks who enjoy running the trails, hills and hollows, the backwoods roads and magic found in running the mountains of West Virginia. The WVMTR has members across West Virginia and from surrounding states. We host 10 major races, but also offer non-competitive club runs, social events, assist other organizations with running events, and in general just run around having fun!

WVMTR has 1,600+ members from all over WV and surrounding states. Events are open to all. WVMTR is a non-profit organization and a member of the Road Runner Clubs of America (RRCA). Members maintain numerous trails in the Randolph-Pendleton area.

Contact: Dan Lehmann, Helvetia (Randolph County)