Coordinator of the Greenbrier River Trail Marathon Kellyn Cassell, right, poses with marathon winner Derek Clark, of Morgantown. Clark finished the 26.2 mile race in two hours and 59 minutes. S. Stewart photo

Suzanne Stewart
Staff Writer

More than 150 running enthusiasts converged on Pocahontas County coming from as far away as New York to participate in the first Greenbrier River Trail Marathon Sunday.

Organized by Pocahontas County native Kellyn Cassell, the marathon was created as a way for runners to enjoy the beauty of the river trail, as well as a way to raise funds to maintain the trail.

Beginning at Cass Scenic Railroad State Park at 8 a.m. with the sound of the train whistle, runners traveled the 26.2 miles of trail winding their way to Stillwell Park in Marlinton.

There were 11 water stations along the route, manned by local civic and school organizations, including the Pocahontas County High School football team, Girl Scouts and PCHS National Honor Society. The 8 Rivers Amateur Radio Club also assisted as eyes and ears along the trail.

As the runners crossed the finish line, they were greeted with cheers, hugs, participant medals and a…

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