Jim Dunn Run

Date(s) - 07/14/2017
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Wharf Street Parking Garage, Wharf Street, Morgantown, WV, 26505


Jim Dunn was well-known and admired among the Morgantown community. Jim was a manager for several local restaurants, a Special Olympics coach, a volunteer with many youth sports programs, and a caring husband, father, brother, and dear friend to many. Anyone who knew Jim still speaks of his compassion, gratitude and commitment to empower and serve others.

A 1972 graduate of the College of Business and Economics of West Virginia University, Jim came to Morgantown from Rochester, Pennsylvania on a full athletic scholarship. He was a sprinter on WVU’s storied men’s track and field team under the leadership of the late Coach Stan Romanoski.

After his sudden death in May of 2007, his wife Darlene wanted to do something special in memory of her husband. Fueled with Jim’s passion for his sport and serving others, the Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship was founded to support West Virginia high school senior athletes who plan to participate in collegiate track and field and/or cross country programs.

Currently, the scholarship is worth $1,000 and can be used for books, housing, tuition, etc. Because of the generosity from our growing and caring community and the patrons of the annual Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarship Twilight 5-miler (Jim Dunn Run), we have awarded 20 scholarships to date.

In 2013, we expanded our outreach to include SteppingStones of Monongalia County as a co-beneficiary and co-supporter of our annual event. SteppingStones provides year-round recreation for children and adults with disabilities. Funds raised from this year’s Jim Dunn Run will be used to further support and develop physical activity programs, including Miracle League Baseball, Miracle League Golf, Swimming, Basketball and other activities.

Race Info:

Cost: $30 to $35

5-Mile Run Course

Runners will be staged at the Wharf Street Parking Garage in the Wharf District near Oliverio’s Restaurant. The runners will following Clay Street to the end, turn right onto the paved Caperton Rail trail and head north past Hazel Ruby McQuain Riverfront Park (HRMRP) to the WVU Core Arboretum (WVU AC).

Upon entering the WVU AC, runners will encounter a single-track dirt trail until the mid-point of the loop back on the rail trail. Runners will complete the final two miles on the rail trail to the finish line near HRMR – just before the Decker’s Creek Bridge. Except for a slight uphill approach to the WVU AC, the course is primarily flat or downhill.

The 5-miler is part of the Morgantown Grand Prix Series.

2-Mile Walk Course

Beginning at the Wharf Street Parking Garage, walkers will follow Clay Street to the end, turn right and then left on to the Caperton Rail trail, go south on the trail to a turnaround point past the Morgantown Lock and Dam and return to the finish line behind Oliverio’s Restaurant. Mile markers will be positioned along the trail.

Food and Beverages

The cost of dinner and beverages is included in the registration fee for runners and individual walkers only. Extra meal tickets can be purchased online and at the event. Oliverio’s Ristorante will provide dinner. Two coupons per registered participant can be redeemed for legal beverages provided by Mona Supply. Don’t forget your ID!


Top 3 male and female

Top 3 in age groups* for male and female

*Age groups: 15 and under, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-

59, 60-64, 65-69, 70+

The Jim Dunn Memorial Scholarships benefit WV high school senior athletes continuing in track or cross country in college.

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