Covered Bridge 5K Run/Walk

Stuart, VA

Southern Virginia Child Advocacy Center - Patrick County Satellite Site will host the 9th Annual Covered Bridge 5K Run/Walk in connection with the Virginia Covered Bridge Festival.


Registration Fees:

  • Youth Early Registration (ages 6-12) through 5/31:    $15.00
  • Youth Standard Registration (ages 6-12) 6/01- 6/20: $20.00

  • Adult Early Registration through 5/31:   $25.00
  • Adult Standard Registration 6/01-6/20: $30.00

*Teams or groups of 5 or more save $5 on registration: Contact Stephanie Vipperman for your discount promo code at (276)-694-3945 or email

Shirts are guaranteed to participants pre-registered by 5/31.  Afterwards, we will do our best to accommodate participants, but there is no shirt or size guarantee.

Race day registration is from 7:00 - 7:45 AM. Race starts at 8:00 AM.  Register at Smith River Church of the Brethren with transportation being provided via church vans to the starting line near Worley's Machines at the intersection of Route 8 and Elamsville Road.  

To download a paper registration form to mail in with your payment, visit

For more information, email Stephanie at or call (276) 694-3945.


Take Route 8 towards Woolwine, turn on Elamsville Road. About 1 mile down will be Smith River Church of the Brethren.


Parking will be provided at the church and surrounding fields.

Course Description

The course will head south on Route 8 towards Jack's Creek Covered Bridge where you will run through the bridge then double-back to the starting line.  Then you will turn right onto Elamsville Road towards Smith River Church of the Brethren.  You will turn right onto Bob White Road, and finish in the church parking lot where you registered.  Except for running through the bridge, the entire course is on paved roadway, closed course with assistance from law enforcement, fire, and rescue.

The covered bridge is one of only six public covered bridges in the state of Virginia.  You will also see a private covered bridge on the course while on Route 8.  Bob White Covered Bridge, near Smith River Church of the Brethren, used to be part of the race course and was another public covered bridge in Virginia, but it was tragically washed away in the flood on September 29, 2015.  Conversations on whether to rebuild the bridge are still in the works.


First Place Overall Male and Female
Top 3 Male and Female Age Group: 17 and Under, 18-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+
First Place Masters Male and Female (Age 40+)
First Place Grand Masters Male and Female - (Age 50+)

We try to give unique awards every year with all adult winners since 2014 receiving a commemorative ornament of Jack's Creek Covered Bridge or Bob White Covered Bridge, designed by the Covered Bridge Festival Committee.  The overall winners in 2015-2017 additionally received a photo session with MacKenzie Mae Photography at the Covered Bridges, and the overall winners in 2014  received custom framed photographs of the two covered bridges.  In 2013, the age division winners received matted art prints of the covered bridge drawn by a local artist and the overall winners received custom stained-glass sun catcher of the covered bridge.   Jack's Creek Family Session

Results will be displayed at after the race.

Post Race Activities

The Covered Bridge Festival will begin at 10:00 am shortly after the race finish.  The festival will include food and craft vendors, live music, horse and buggy rides, and a rubber duck race down the stream.

Also in Patrick County is another festival called Bushels and Barrels which begins at 11:00am at Reynolds Homestead.  It includes food, beer, wine, artists, artisans, and great music.

For more information about Patrick County, where to stay, where to eat, and where to shop, visit: and

When & Where

Dec 31, 2020


12:00 AM

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