Barnum Rail Trail Marathon and Half Marathon

ry=480-840 race finishers were treated to super running weather at the second annual Barnum Rail Trail Marathon and Half Marathon! The third annual race is planned for Saturday, September 24, 2016. Both the marathon and half marathon will start at 8:00AM. This event will take place in its entirety in West Virginia on the eastern bank of the Potomac River. The start/finish is located at 39.44199, -79.11420 down the road from the Barnum Whitewater Area. Direction links to the start/finish are provided below. If one uses, the start finish can be viewed on Barnum Road 1.4 miles past 530 Barnum Road Keyser, WV 26726. The Barnum Rail Trail Marathon and Half Marathon is the fourth race in the Mid-Atlantic Marathon and Half Marathon Series taking place from September 21-25, 2016 in the Cumberland, MD area.

“This is a wonderful series of friendly races with tremendous organization in beautiful locations that runners need to experience.”

Steve Hughes,
Marathon Maniacs Hall of Fame

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Registration for the 2016 event will open this winter.

Race Location/Info

ry=480-6This event takes place on the Barnum Rail Trail. A superb description of the trail can be found at

Packet Pickup

ry=480-1Packet pick-up will commence at 7:15 at the race start/finish on race morning. Race packets can also be picked up on Tuesday at the Hampton Inn located at 11200 New George’s Creek Road Frostburg, MD 21532 from 7:00-8:00PM in the hotel lobby common area.


ry=480-2Parking is available at the park overlooking the Potomac at the start/finish just past the sign pictured above.


ry=480-5Click on this link to obtain directions to the start/finish.


Use this link to view the airports closest to Barnum, WV. According to the Travel Math link, the distances to Barnum, WV from major airports are: Dulles (IAD) – 125 miles; PIT  – 159 miles; DCA – 171 miles; BWI – 173 miles; Harrisburg (MDT) – 175 miles

The travel time to Barnum, WV from PIT, IAD, and BWI is essentially the same – just a few minutes less than three hours.


The closest hotel is 39 minutes from the start/finish which is the Microtel Inn and Suites at 70 North Tornado Way Keyser, WV 26726. The Frostburg, MD hotels are 41 minutes from the start/finish. Runners conducting all five days of the Mid-Atlantic Marathon and Half Marathon Series should consider staying at one of the Frostburg area hotels for the series.

Course Info

ry=480-3Entrants will start the race at the southern end of the trail at the park restrooms and head north (and down river) on the trail. At the 3.28 mile mark runners will turn around and head south (and up river) back to the start/finish. Half marathon entrants will run this out-and-back twice to complete a half marathon, and marathoners will complete this out-and-back four times to complete a marathon. Please note that the trail is also a rural gravel road for the southernmost mile of the course. The course is fairly flat. The half marathon has about 374 feet of gain and loss, and the marathon runners will experience about 748 feet of gain and loss on the course. A superb description of the trail can be found at

ry=480-10The course map can be viewed at



If you would like to be a race volunteer please contact Mike at Volunteers earn free race entries for themselves (or to donate to a friend/relative) in any Altis Endurance race and/or donations to a favorite charity/non-profit organization.


The finisher awards are produced by Steel Images. An image of the award artwork is above. There are no age group awards or first finisher awards. Great thanks to Steel Images for the fantastic finisher awards!


ry=480-4Historical average high and low temperatures in Barnum, WV on September 24th are 68 and 48 degrees.


ry=480-7The 2015 marathon results are linked here, and the 2015 half marathon results are here. The 2014 half marathon results are here, and the 2014 marathon results are here.

Aid Stations

Half marathon runners will pass nine aid stations during their race, and the marathon runners will have 19 aid stations.

Aid stations for the half marathon are located at miles 1.0, 2.2, 4.4, 5.6, 6.6, 7.6, 8.8, 10.9 and 12.1

Restroom locations: 0, 6.6, and 13.1

Aid stations for the marathon are located at miles 1.0, 2.2, 4.4, 5.6, 6.6, 7.6, 8.8, 10.9, 12.1, 13.1, 14.1, 15.3, 17.5, 18.7, 19.7, 20.7, 21.9, 24.0, and 25.2

Restroom locations: 0, 6.6, 13.1, 19.7, and 26.2


Runners have eight hours to complete their respective race.


As is the case with most races, there will be no refunds of entry fees to entrants. Transfers of race bibs from one runner to another is also not allowed. This event is limited to 200 entrants. There will not be a waiting list if the race fills.


If you have any questions please contact Mike at