Barnum Rail Trail Marathon and Half Marathon

ry=480-8 The inaugural Barnum Rail Trail Marathon and Half Marathon is set for Tuesday, September 23, 2014. Both the marathon and half marathon will start at 8:00AM. This event will take place in its entirety in West Virginia near the Potomac River. The start/finish is located at 39.441992, -79.114202 just down the road from the Barnum Whitewater Area.


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To register, click here. Entrant fees: $70 for the half and $85 for the marathon.

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 Sunday 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.


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


Use this link to view the airports closest to Barnum, WV. Runners who will complete all five days of the Mid-Atlantic Marathon and Half Marathon Series should consider using the DC area airports (Dulles (IAD), Ronald Reagan National (DCA), or Baltimore/Washington (BWI)).


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 first three races in the series.

Course Info

ry=480-3Entrants will start the race at the southern end of the trail adjacent to the park overlooking the Potomac River and head north on the trail for 3.28 miles before. At the 3.28 mile mark runners will turn around and head south back to the start/finish. Half 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 being 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 23rd are 77 and 52 degrees.


ry=480-7Results links to be posted 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

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


Runners have eight hours to complete their respective race.


A Mid-Atlantic Marathon and Half Marathon Series shirt will be provided to entrants who enter by September 4th. Runners who enter the event on September 5th or later are not guaranteed a shirt. All finishers will receive a quality finisher medal.


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