Poca River Run continues tradition with annual race Saturday, May 13

Runners break from the starting line in this file photo of the Poca River Run. The 15K (9.3-mile) race takes place Saturday, May 13, on Doc Bailey Road in Cross Lanes. (WCHS/WVAH)

Runners will gather this weekend for what many consider West Virginia’s oldest road race.

The Poca River Run takes off from the starting line on Doc Bailey Road in Cross Lanes at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 13, according to

The 15K race (9.3 miles) is an out-and-back, rolling course that travels along Doc Bailey Road with water stations every couple of miles.

Over the years, some of the best runners in West Virginia have competed in this race that helps kick off the racing season. Chuck “Bubby” Dent, Larry Taylor and Glenn Baldwin are some of the runners who have tested their fitness on the course.

The Poca River Run has a long tradition and has had some unusual circumstances have developed during the race, including the year that a horse escaped from its enclosure and jumped in the race and actually crossed the finish line.

Registration is available online here. On race day, people can sign up for a fee of $25.

Awards will be given to the first-place winners only in age groups. The awards for the age group winners will be towels, while custom plaques will be presented to the top three overall male and female winners in the race.

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