LVMC Run to Read 5K & 10K

Year 26 of the Run to Read 5K & 10K!

Always the last Friday evening in July. A local family favorite with great food and a pool party after!
100% of proceeds benefit Literacy Volunteers of Marion County, a United Way agency. LVMC provides free tutoring to adults & children in basic reading, math, ESL (English as a second language), GED preparation & related subjects. LVMC is affiliated with Literacy West Virginia.
Over two centuries this event has been a staple race for the community. As the town's streets have changed so have the course and distances.
This event has been a 5K, 15K, 1 mile, and more, but ultimately became a 5K. In 2020 we brought back the 10K distance as two loops of the challenging 5K couse.

Race Details

Race Director : Mark Sutyak
Updates are emailed and also posted to the Official Facebook group
Race Day Registration: Starts at 5:00pm at 12th Street Pool.
Age Divisions/Awards: Top three M/F overall. Three-deep M/F age groups: 19 & under, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70+
Awards ceremony starts at 7pm upstairs at the pool for the 5K shortly followed by the 10K awards.
SWAG: Short-sleeve Tech Shirt. Register one month prior to race to be guaranteed a shirt.
Food: Homemade snacks available immediately after race plus the pool is reserved for runners and family! Both upstairs at the pool.
Water Stops: One water stop midway through the 5K and three for the 10K plus drinks available at finish line. Large bathrooms with showers available at the pool.
Walkers: Walkers are welcome but not awarded separately.
Race capacity: 300
Bib transfers: Tranfers are permitted until 5 days prior to race. Contact the race director to transfer or follow instructions from RunSignup registration email. Directions: 12th Street, Fairmont WV 26554. Map

Course Description

The course runs through the hilly side streets of beautiful Fairmont. Course markings are on the roads with chalk paint plus some signage.
Traffic control is provided at major intersections. We run past the Literacy Volunteers location on 10th Street!
Starting line is on Minor Ave, behind the 12th Street Pool. Click map to open in full size image.