This Race is for the Birds

This Race is for the Birds Fun RunSince 2002, PVAS has held an annual running event, This Race Is For The Birds! Held in the spring, the event is held at Broomgrass Farm outside Gerrardstown, WV and features a number of different mileage events.

Proceeds from the race support our programs including in-school visits and outdoor explorations at our nature preserves, Audubon Discovery Day Camp, and a wide variety of educational natural history programs for adults.

2018 Race 

The 2018 This Race Is For The Birds will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2017 at Broomgrass Farm near Gerrardstown, WV (off Buck Hill Rd).

7:30-8:45 am Registration & Number Pick up 
9:00 am Start 5K & 10K Trail Runs
10:45 am  “Fun Run” for children under 10

Choose a Race Length

Choose the race that is right for you! They include:
  • 10K Trail Run (6 miles)
  • 5K Trail Run/Walk (3 miles) 
  • Fun Run for children under age 10
The 10K and 5K Trail Races are limited to the first 400 registrants, so race day registrations are not always available.  The 5K Jog/Walk is timed but can also be perfect for folks who love the activity, but don't want to compete.  Participation "prizes" are given to all participants in the Fun Run.

Race Fees

Pre-registration fees (postmarked by 3/31)
5K Run/Walk: $25
10K Run: $30 
 Kids Fun Run: FREE 
All adult pre-registrations are guaranteed a commemorative t-shirt.  

Race Day Fees ($5 per race more) 
5K Run/Walk: $30 
10K Run: $35 
Kids Fun Run: FREE
Adult race day registrations may receive a t-shirt if supplies allow.
Multi-child discount: $5 off for 2nd & each additional child under 18.                                  

All proceeds are used to support Potomac Valley Audubon's programs, and all fees are tax deductible. 


Race registrations begins January 15   You can register now and find more information on the race website at

Race Sponsors

Our race sponsors are included in marketing materials, press releases, the PVAS monthly newsletter, on the race website, and have their name printed on the back of the race t-shirt. Sponsors also receive complimentary race entry fees and t-shirts (depending on the level of sponsorship.) 

If you'd like to be an official sponsor of this year's race, you find more information here.      A complete Sponsorship Packet is also available.

Volunteer At The Race!

This event would not be possible without the help of volunteers!  We need folks to help set up, help with race day registrations and t-shirts, serve as course monitors, serve refreshments, clean up, and encourage the participants!  We've got just the place for you!    If you'd like to help, contact!

Directions to Broomgrass

From Charles Town/Winchester: From Exit 5 on West Virginia's section of Interstate 81, proceed west on Route 51.  Go past Mountain Ridge Intermediate School, through the small village of Gerrardstown to the top of the ridge.  At the stop sign, go straight onto Buck Hill Road and continue down the mountain.  The entrance to Broomgrass will be on your left about 3 miles down the road. 
From Martinsburg: From Exit 13 on West Virginia's section of Interstate 81, proceed west on Tuscarora Pike. Go through the community of Nollville and follow the road up over the mountain.  At the intersection of Buck Hill Road, turn left.  The entrance to Broomgrass will be a short distance on your right.
From Hedgesville/Hagerstown: From Exit 16 on West Virginia's section of Interstate 81, proceed west on Route 9.  Go past Tomahawk Intermediate School and turn left onto Back Creek Valley Road, just past the church.  Follow this road to Shanghai.  Turn left onto Buck Hill Road.  The entrance to Broomgrass will be a short distance on your right.

April 14, 2018

Broomgrass Farm

near Gerrardstown, WV


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