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High Bridge Trail SP to host 5K

May 18, 2012 8:21am

If you’re a runner and you’ve been meaning to check out the newly-opened “High Bridge” at High Bridge Trail State Park, here’s your chance to kill two birds with one stone. It’s less than an hour’s drive from Richmond, and the view from the bridge alone is worth it. The below is from a Virginia State Parks press release:

High Bridge Trail State Park will host the “Run for Your Life” 5k run on National Trails Day, Saturday, June 2. The race begins at 8 a.m. near Main Street Plaza in Farmville and follows an out-and-back course. Awards will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers and top three finishers in each age category.
The top overall male and female finishers will each receive a free weekend cabin stay in a Virginia State Park. Categories are: men and women 10 and under; 11-18; 19-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; and 60 and over. Participation is capped at 200 runners. Registration before May 21 is $15. After May 21 the fee is $20. Click here for more information and the online application, visit .

The old railroad bridge before upgrades

The race is sponsored by Central Southside Community Hospital, Southside Virginia Family YMCA and Friends of High Bridge Trail State Park. Timing and scoring of the race will be done by Riverside Runners of Lynchburg, Va. Race proceeds benefit the Friends of High Bridge Trail. For more information, contact the park office at 434-315-0457 or highbridge@dcr.virginia.gov.

 High Bridge Trail State Park is a 31-mile multi-use trail ideally suited for hiking, bicycling and horseback riding. The trail, once a railbed, is wide, level and generally flat. The trail’s finely crushed limestone surface and dimensions make it easy for people of all ages and abilities to enjoy. The park’s centerpiece is the majestic High Bridge, which is more than 2,400 feet long and 125 feet above the Appomattox River. The original bridge was built in 1853 as part of the South Side Railroad. The current steel-tower bridge was completed in 1914.

About Andy Thompson

I was the Outdoors Columnist at the Times-Dispatch from 2007 to 2013, writing twice a week about mountain biking, fishing, hunting, paddling and much more. I live a 1/4 mile from the James River, close enough to see bald eagles soaring over my house on their way to find a meal. Pretty cool, eh?