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Arthurdale Heritage Goat Gallop goes virtual

ARTHURDALE — Don’t have a goat to gallop with? It’s OK, this year.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, this year, participants in the annual Arthurdale Heritage Goat Gallop will have until June 20 to walk or run the course in Arthurdale, according to Lauren Griffin, AFNHA AmeriCorps member.

“We are excited to have a virtual race,” Darlene Bolyard, director of Arthurdale Heritage, said. “People from all over the United States and the world can participate and still be tracked. One couple who signed up to run this weekend is from Pittsburgh.”

Participants can walk or run the course in Arthurdale’s historic district or virtually “run” it from anywhere.

Griffin said those choosing the virtual option can still competitively upload their times through Run Signup.

She said a second option is to actually run the 5K course using an interactive course map powered by the RaceJoy app and upload the results through the app.

To view the course maps, participants can download the RaceJoy app and search for Arthurdale Heritage Goat Gallop.

“As participants run through Arthurdale’s historic district, they will hear about some of the unique aspects of the community through audio snippets,” Griffin said.

While the goats won’t be running this year, Bolyard said people can still enjoy them. She said the 5K course runs past them.

On race day, parking will be available at the Arthurdale Heritage Center Hall. Registration for the event is $25 and can be paid anytime before the race is complete on June 20.

All participants in the 5K run/walk will each receive a T-shirt. Age bracket winners will receive medals.

The Kids Race is for ages 10 and under and is $3 to participate.

In order for participants to upload time, they must register on AHI’s race website at

The free RaceJoy app can be downloaded at

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Donations to Arthurdale Heritage can be made by mail at AHI, P.O. Box 850, Arthurdale, WV 26520 or online at