Helvetia 10k Mountain Run

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9:00am – 10k Run & 2 Mile Walk Start
8:45am – Kids Run
Helvetia, West Virginia

Sponsored by the Helvetia Fair Association and the WV Mountain Trail Runners


Welcome to the 20th running of the Helvetia 10k Mountain Run. The race is held in conjunction with the 100th Annual Community Helvetia Fair. More information on Fair activities below.

2017 is a special Red Shirt Year!!

In 1998 Jody and Dan Lehmann with the help of friends and neighbors organized this event in their small Swiss mountain community of Helvetia. It was their first attempt at race directing. The run/walk has never outgrown the village but continues to bring about 75 runners to enjoy the simple beauty of this spot in southern Randolph County. All proceeds go to benefit the Helvetia Community Fair Association.

The Courses

The 10k run is a challenging mix of paved road, dirt road and mountainous trail. The course follows a portion of the route the original Swiss settlers used when first coming to the area in October 1869. You will be crossing creeks and enjoying beautiful views. The first 2 miles are flat along the banks of the Buckhannon River. The next 2.5 miles is a gradual climb of 750 feet along Upper Trout Run to a scenic hilltop, hence the name Mountain Run! The last 1.7 miles quickly descends Zumbach Road back to Helvetia.

The 2 mile walk starts immediately behind the 10k and follows the same route to the 2 mile mark.

The Kids Fun Run for ages 10 and under. It is wonderful seeing the young runners put their toes to the line and run with abandon.  This race starts at the same location as the 10k. The 1/4 mile course will turn left on Gruber Road, then left again past the Cheese Haus, over to the Museum, across Troll Bridge to the finish. All participants will receive an award. There is no fee, but parents must complete a registration form for their child. You may pre-registration for your child or register on race day. T shirts can be purchased on race day as available for $10.00.

For the 10k there will be water stations at 2 & 4.5 miles. Split times at 2 miles. At the finish you will be treated to some fine Helvetia home baked cookies and muffins, fresh fruit and drinks. The Helvetia 10k is well known for it’s cool T-shirts and post race treats, so come join the fun. You may not set a 10k PR, but we bet you’ll have a personal best time!

The 2 Mile Walk is non-competitive. It starts right behind the 10k runners and follows the same course. Dogs on a leash and strollers are welcome.

Helvetia Records

1998 Larry Taylor 36:23 Rebecca Schoonover 47:15
1999 Todd Price 42:13 Liz Nashold 45:21
2000 Sid Gillispie 40:10 Rebecca Schoonover 48:17
2001 Larry Taylor 36:03 Rebecca Schoonover 47:38
2002 Larry Taylor 36:45 Rebecca Schoonover 47:44
2003 Larry Taylor 36:17 Heather Bury 42:54
2004 Larry Taylor 35:51 Heather Bury 46:34
2005 Larry Taylor 38:07 Rebecca Schoonover 48:54
2006 Joel Wolpert 36:59 Heather Parks 40:49
2007 Joel Wolpert 36:24 Rebecca Schoonover 49:55
2008 Joel Wolpert 38:52 Heather Parks 46:02
2009 Ron Hamric 44:17 Heather Parks 43:24
2010 Nick End 36:14 Katie Wolpert 46:58
2011 Andrew Shaffer 38:56 Heather Parks 48:54
2012 Andrew Rhodes 42:46 Krystle Bailey 49:38
2013 Robert Smith 38:38 Kate Caldwell 44:29
2014 Jason Pyles 36:56 Heather Parks 43:54
2015 Andrew Rhodes 40:59 Heather Parks 45:54
2016 Adam Casseday 43:23 Heather Parks 46:06

Results 1998 – 2009, Twelve years worth of Results, Reports and Photos on iplayoutside!

2010 Coverage, Results and Photos on Iplayoutside.

2010 Results and Race Reports

2011  Results  and Finish Line Photos

2012 Results and Photos

2013 September 15, 2013 RESULTS         PHOTOS

2014 Results    Photos 

2015 Run and Walk Results

2016 Results


For the 10k run 1st & 2nd place overall male and female. 1st & 2nd male and female in the following age groups; 14 & under, 15-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60 & over.
The 2 mile walk and the Kid’s Run are non-competitive.


Pre-registration for the 10k and the 2 mile walk is $20 if postmarked by Aug. 25, 2017 and $25 thereafter. Race day registration will be from 7:00 to 8:30 am. Beautiful cotton t shirt in your size guaranteed to all pre-registrants received by August 25, 2017, and on first come basis thereafter.

Helvetia_2017_Entry_Form Printable

Online Registration through Run Sign Up  


We are approximately one hour from Buckhannon or Elkins. From Buckhannon, go 12 miles on Rt. 20 South to WV Wildlife Center, turn left onto Alexander/Helvetia Road. Follow signs, 20 miles to Helvetia. From Elkins, go 16 miles on Rt. 219 South to Mill Creek and turn right onto Mill Street. Follow signs, 20 miles to Helvetia. From Charleston &South, I-79N to Flatwoods exit 67. Take Rt. 19 North 20 miles to Ireland then Rt. 4 East (toward Rock Cave). 6 miles to WV Wildlife Center, turn right on the Alexander/Helvetia Road. Follow signs as above.

Camping and Other Activities

Free camping is available at the Lehmann Farm situated right on the 10k course. Come for the weekend if you’d like. Call or email Dan Lehmann for information or directions at irunwv@gmail.com . We might do a short fun run on Saturday Sept. 10 at 5pm followed by a evening around the campfire with brauts, dogs, kraut and even marshmallows. Feel free to bring something.

Additional Information

Contact Jody or Dan Lehmann at (304) 924-5835, mailto:irunwv@gmail.com

We would like to thank the Hutte Restaurant & Beekeeper Inn for their continued support all these years.

Hutte Restaurant & Beekeeper Inn 304 924-6435

The 20th Annual Helvetia 10K Mountain Run is in association with the 100th Annual Helvetia Fair, September 9 & 10, 2017. The two day fair celebrates our Swiss heritage and has something for everyone; a home grown parade, traditional song & dance programs, arts & crafts, food, square dance and more. For information on these events contact Jody or Dan Lehmann at 304 924-5835, irunwv@gmail.com and visit helvetiafair.com.


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