Runners enjoy ‘moonlight over the falls’ in inaugural marathon

DAVIS – The Canaan Valley Running Company recently welcomed 600 runners at its first Moonlight over the falls marathon August 28-29, 2021. The race, held at Blackwater Falls State Park in Tucker County, West Virginia, allowed runners to beat the summer heat while enjoying the cool mountain nights summer and starry sky.

In addition to the marathon, the race also included a quarter marathon, half marathon and distance challenge, which took place on an approximately 6.5 mile loop course that began and ended at Pendleton Point. Runners were allowed to run solo or in two, four, or six-person relays.

“Sometimes all the stars align! Overall I couldn’t be happier with the grand opening Moonlight over the falls Marathon at Blackwater Falls State Park. Runners from over 30 different states joined us to run under the stars through the park. We are already working on next year’s race and can’t wait! said Robby McClung, owner and founder of the Canaan Valley Running Company.

McClung added, “We would also like to thank everyone on the Blackwater Falls State Park team for supporting the race and preparing the park to ensure our runners and visitors had a fantastic time. The race wouldn’t be possible without their support and hard work!

The Canaan Valley Running Company would like to thank the Appalachian Timing Group race sponsors, Highland Outdoors, Emerald Tree Boutique, Mountain Top Realty, and the Tucker County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

In addition to the 600 runners, 600 other spectators were present. These more than 1,200 people have helped support local businesses and tourism by taking advantage of all that Tucker County and West Virginia has to offer.

The best finishers of the race included:

Distance challenge

  • Male – Steve Schall of Williamsport, PA – 52.4 miles
  • Female – Jennifer Theiller from Charlotte, NC – 45.85 miles


  • Male – Adam Lowe from Martinsburg, West Virginia – 3: 05: 52.15
  • Woman – Margaret Powers from Pittsburgh, PA – 3: 42: 35.75

Half marathon

  • Male – Misha McCormick from Newark, OH – 1: 32: 37.98
  • Female – Gretchen Pifer from Morgantown, WV – 1: 41: 25.77

Quarter marathon

  • Male – Stephen Malcolm of Martinsburg, West Virginia – 48: 10.71
  • Wife – Kayla Johnson from Princeton, West Virginia – 52: 28.66

Registration for the second edition Moonlight over the falls marathon, to be held on August 27 and 28, 2022, will begin on November 2.

For more information on the Canaan Valley Running Company and to register for upcoming races, visit

About the Canaan Valley Running Company:

Founded in 2018, Canaan Valley Running Company is an outdoor adventure and lifestyle company located in Tucker County, West Virginia. The Canaan Valley Running Company hosts several annual events, including the Moonlight over the falls marathon, Canaan Valley Trail Running and the Canaan Valley Half Marathon, 10K and 5K, to introduce individuals to the beauty of West Virginia. They also provide resources and information for runners and outdoor adventurers on their blog. Additionally, the Canaan Valley Running Company is producing a premium clothing line, which will meet the needs of runners and casual hikers. For more information, visit

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