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The 25th Annual
River Race Saturday, April 30, Marlinton
Schedule of Events
For further information regarding lodging, camping, directions, etc. go to : PocahontasCountyWV.com or call 800-336-7009.
FRIDAY, APRIL 29 - 6 - 8 p.m. - Pasta Party (For pre-registered competitors and paid guests only). Marlinton United Methodist Church, Corner of Sixth Avenue and Ninth Street - Follow Signs. A limited number of extra meals will be available for purchase. Race packet pick-up 7:30 p.m. - Live Music at the Opera House: Hillbilly Gypsies. Admission $10
Best of luck to all the teams!
SATURDAY, APRIL 29 - 8 -10 a.m. - Marlinton Mini Park. Drop off boats just above bridge (in town). - Solos leave bikes at Buckeye transition.
RACE DAY DINNER SPECIAL HOT TURKEY SANDWICH with mashed potatoes, gravy and cranberry sauce
10:30 a.m. - Race meeting at the gazebo (mandatory) 11:00 a.m. - Race starts; team cyclists ride to Buckeye.
1:30 p.m. - Post-race picnic, live music, socializing and tales of triumph and woe.
304-799-7233 at the bridge in Marlinton
Welcome Great Greenbrier River Racers!
Your one stop play shop:
Canoe/Kayak & Bike Rental
We provide shuttle service for Greenbrier River Trail Bike and River Rides
2:30 p.m. Awards ceremony
Appalachian Sport Rt. 219 South • At the bridge • 304-799-4050
LEG 1 - Run from park to River Trail, go north 1.5 miles. then return (3 miles total) LEG 2 - Paddle from Marlinton bridge to Buckeye bridge (4 miles) LEG 3 - Bike south from Buckeye 3 miles, turn around, return to starting point in Marlinton. (10 miles)
Plenty of places for spectators all along the routes.
Mini Blizzard All flavors
Until April 30 Lobby closes at 8 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, Drive-thru open until 9 p.m Friday - Saturday, Drive-thru open until 10 p.m
Rt. 219 North, Marlinton • 304-799-7227
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Grand Opening, April 30 1 p.m. - Midnight
P O C A H O N TA S C O U N T Y
Check out the e-edition at pocahontastimes.com
Great Greenbrier River Race
Nature’s Mountain Playground Spring brings birding, hiking, biking and, of course, The Great Greenbrier River Race! No matter what brings you to Pocahontas County in spring, come and relax and leave your troubles behind.
800.336.7009 NaturesMountainPlayground.com Great Greenbrier River Race
Happy Hour Wednesday - Friday • 4 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Acoustic Open Mic Night Every Friday Night • 8 p.m.
Like a good neighbor.
Sunday food and drink specials.
DARREN JACKSON AGENCY
Best beverage selection in Marlinton.
Marlinton • 304-799-4242
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Great Greenbrier River Race a family affair Suzanne Stewart Staff Writer
he Great Greenbrier River Race in Marlinton attracts participants from all over the country. Whether they compete to beat their own records or just for fun, racers invade the water, trails and roads of Pocahontas County to paddle, peddle and run to the finish line. For one family, the race is an event that brings them together as competitors and a cheering section. David and Colleen Nordeck, of Bruceton Mills, and their extended family have been competing in the race for the past five years and plan to make this year their sixth. “The age range of participants is from 14 to 65 and we have support ranging from ages seven to 85,” Colleen said. “Three sisters participate, myself, 63; Judy Clister, 60; and Karen Clister, 56. Karen’s husband, Larry Lindley, 64; my husband, David, age 65; our son, Dan Nordeck, 37; my daughter-in-law, Debbie Rosenberger, 42; and my granddaughter, Sydney, 14, also participate.” The family members on the sidelines are as impor-
tant as the racers because they keep the team going as they travel through the grueling race. Seven-year-old Samantha Rosenberger and 85-year-old Virginia Clister are joined by Sammi Rosenberger, Carole and Ronald Umbel and Mark Rosenberger in the cheer section. The family makes the race a family vacation and rents a cabin at Watoga for the weekend. Participating in the race has its ups and downs, but it doesn’t deter the family from returning each year. “Last year my husband, David, was participating on a team as a biker,” Colleen recalled. “I was behind him biking and as I crossed the finish line, my granddaughter, Sammi, yelled at me that “Pappy” wrecked and was hurt and bleeding. I ran straight across the finish line to where he was wiping the blood off his arms and face. He was not seriously hurt, but looked terrible. The people at the tourism office let him use their restroom to clean up. “After that, “Pappy” earned the name “Crash and Burn” from all the grandchildren and family,” she continued. “He’s a good sport about it.” With family strewn about
Stop by this weekend during the River Race events!
Corner of Second Avenue and Ninth Street, Marlinton • 304-799-7165
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WELCOME RACERS, FAMILIES AND SPECTATORS! Stop by Friday and Saturday Try our new Cajun Chicken! 819 Third Avenue, Marlinton, across from the Opera House
304-799-6022 • Monday - Saturday 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.
MEMBERS OF THE Nordeck, Clister, Lindley and Rosenberger families have participated in the Great Greenbrier River Race for several years and have made it a family reunion of sorts. Photo courtesy of Colleen Nordeck throughout West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania, the race gives them an opportunity to come together for an annual reunion. “This is a great family
weekend for us,” Colleen said. “We like to involve the children as much as possible and this is a great opportunity for them to be exposed to this type of event.”
Pocahontas Memorial Hospital Duncan Road, RR2 Box 52W Buckeye • 304-799-7400
Enjoy, have fun and be safe at the Great Greenbrier River Race!
SENECA TRAIL PHYSICAL THERAPY “Specializing in the rehabilitation of orthopedic, sports and industrial injuries.” KEVIN WORKMAN, DPT, ATC, ECS JAMES BURKE, MPT • BOB HAAS, DPT, ATC
RTS 219 N AND 39E • MARLINTON • 304-799-4500
Welcome to the 25th Running of the Great Greenbrier River Race
Forget something? If you forgot to pack it, we’re here to help! •Emergency prescription refills •Over-the-counter medications •First aid, toothbrushes and personal care items •Diabetic supplies •Sun care and baby items
Take the worry out of your vacation!
Pocahontas Open Monday - Friday 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Pharmacy Saturday 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.
105 Duncan Road, Marlinton (just off Rt. 219 N by Hospital)
Sales and Service Ken Ervine, Owner Rt. 219 South, Marlinton 304-799-4231 Welcome to the River Race!
Get it and Go at
BUCKEYE COUNTRY MART Rt. 219, Buckeye 304-799-6880
• Gas & Diesel • Groceries • Produce • Bedding Plants • Hanging Baskets • Seed Potatoes • Bulk mulch by the truckload • Lottery • LP Fill & Cylinder Exchange . We accept food stamps. We’re near the Buckeye Bridge on the river leg of the race stop in and see us!
THE PLACE FOR THOSE WHO DO
In town for the River Race? Stop by our Garden Center and check out the selection of trees and shrubs. Plants arriving soon! Marlinton Co-op
MARLINTON DIXIE CHOPPER
The Marlinton Motor Inn
Sixties Café & Lounge Rt. 219 North • 304-799-7115 3 miles north of Marlinton - worth the drive
Welcome River Racers and Families! SERVING BREAKFAST - LUNCH - DINNER (Closed Mondays)
Friday, April 29
One pound of steamed shrimp, baked potato, vegetable, salad and roll ..............
Saturday April 30
Stuffed pork chop, potato, vegetable, salad and a roll ......................
Friday, April 29, in the Lounge
Sherry Karaoke & DJ Saturday, April 30, in the Lounge
• 719 Third Avenue
304-799-6523 Locally owned and operated WWW.SOUTHERNSTATES.COM
“Just Say No” 10 p.m. - 2 a.m. Must be 21 with photo ID. No exceptions.
Front desk open 24 hours. Motel Reservations: 800-354-0821 or 304-799-4711 • www.marlintonmotorinn.com.