Freedoms Run Marathon in Harpers Ferry, WV

Course Details

Marathon - 26.2 miles of history

PLEASE NOTE: THE COURSE HAS CHANGED. The Descriptions below are accurate; we will have updated maps posted soon. 

Before you put your shoes on to walk or run the trails and roads, explore the history of the land you will explore. We give great thanks to our partners in the National Park Service, the towns of Sharpsburg and Shepherdstown, and Shepherd University for the privilege of hosting this event.

The entire marathon course is encased in National Park Land, with some brief detours through the country roads and preserved history towns that connect them.

The full marathon is a point to point with a small net elevation loss. You course 4.5 miles Harpers Ferry National Park, cover 11 flat miles on C&O Canal, roll over a country road  (Millers Saw Mill Rd) to Antietam Battlefield (via Branch Ave) for for 4.5 mile with 2 miles of which, rolling cross country style grassy paths through historic battlefields and finish the 6.2 miles back to rolling country roads (Miller Saw Mill Rd) back to the canal and into Shepherdstown.

Marathon Schedule 

6:00am Shuttles to the marathon start will leave from Shepherd Student Center, located at  210 N King St, Shepherdstown, WV 25443. Park at A or B lot, conveniently located near the finish line! See parking map here There will be several buses but all buses will leave at 6am so please arrive by 5:45am.

6:00 – 7:00am: Late Packet Pick Up at Marathon Start (Harper's Ferry Natioanal Park Vistor's Center)

7:30am – Marathon Start

Important Notes for Marathoners

  • There will be a bag drop at the start line, your bags will be taken to the finish.
  • Runners will not be able to register to run the marathon on Race Day.
  • Shuttles back to the marathon start will take place every 30 minutes from 10:30am – 2:30pm from C Lot, located next to the stadium - see parking map here .
  • Parking is available at the start at Harper's Ferry Vistor Center and at the finish in Shepherdstown 
  • All courses will be open until 2pm to allow participants to experience the rich scenery and history of the course, this gives marathon participants 6.5 hours to complete the course. 

Half Marathon - 13.1 miles of hills and history

The half marathon runs a short segment on the C&O Canal after leaving West Virginia across the Potomac, about 2.4 miles. You then join the marathon course via Millers Saw Mill Rd of rolling country roads to Antietam Battlefield (via Branch Ave) for for 4.5 mile with 2 miles of which, rolling cross country style grassy paths through historic battlefields and finish the 6.2 miles back to rolling country roads (Miller Saw Mill Rd) back to the canal and into Shepherdstown. 

Half Marathon Schedule

Plan to get here early.  We are a small town and making all efforts to provide easy transportation and parking for our visitors. 

6:00am - 8:00am: Parking in Shepherdstown

6:00am - 8:30am: Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration for Half Marathon, 5k,10k in Midway Field outside Ram Stadium

8:30: near 201 N King St, Shepherdstown 

10K & 5K - Serene Run along the Potomac River/ C&O Canal

The 5k and 10k are beautiful starting on King St Shepherdstown, running across the Potomac River via the bridge to drop down to the C&O Canal. This out and back course offers a peaceful morning run, and maybe even a PR! 

10K and 5K Schedules

Plan to get here early.  We are a small town and making all efforts to provide easy transportation and parking for our visitors. 

6:00am - 8:00am: Parking in Shepherdstown

6:00am - 8:30am: Packet Pickup and Race Day Registration in Midway Field outside Ram Stadium

8:45am: 10k Start near 201 King St, Shepherdstown

9:00am: 5K Start near 201 King St, Shepherdstown

Kids Run

Freedom’s Run for Kids-11 AM

Distance- One Mile

 

 

Come run, walk, stroll a fun filled mile in Historic Shepherdstown. This non competitive event is FREE and open to all ages. Start in front of Sara Cree Hall, adjacent to the main Half Marathon, 5k, 10k starting areas at the Stadium. Run up the festive German Street and finish in front of Shepherd University Stadium. Strollers welcome.

Last year we had 400 children running happily through our historic downtown….what a beautiful site.

Kids Run Registration is free and available online.
Race Day Registration and bib pick up for the Kids Run will take place from 10am-10:45am on race day.

Children’s obesity is an epidemic state, and our Event provides children an innovative, fun and safe place to exercise. Children who begin running as exercise at an early age continue with exercise as a life style choice through their elementary, middle, and high school activities.