Dowdy Dash 5K organizers announce race day road closures

TAYLOR COUNTY—As festivities draw near for the Day for Dowdy, officials would like to announce road closures that could affect travel along the route of the Dowdy Dash 5K Run and Walk.

A family fun-filled day is being planned for a very worthy cause in Grafton. A Day for Dowdy will be taking place at the Grafton High School starting at 7:30 a.m., on Saturday, July 16. 

The day features three events, all being put on to support a local business owner, community member and friend to many, Daniel Dowdy, in his fight against Stage 4 Hodgkins Lymphoma, one being the Dowdy Dash 5K.

“Daniel is the very first to support others in our community,” said Dowdy Dash 5K organizer Olivia Shaw. “We are excited to put this event together to ease the burden the Dowdy’s are facing. As Daniel says, ‘it’s what small towns do.’”

The day will start at 7:30 a.m. with registration for the Dowdy Dash 5K run, which will start on Riverside Drive, loop through downtown Grafton via the Three Bridges Loop and end at Sam Bord Drive in front of Grafton High School. 

The race will start at 8:30 a.m. and features six award categories: Top two Overall Male & Female, and Top two Male & Female in each age category 16-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+. All runners will receive an official event T-Shirt with the $25 registration fee.

Beginning at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 16, the right-hand lane along the route on Riverside Drive/Yates Avenue will be closed down to traffic. Then, at 8:25 a.m., the right-hand lane for the remainder of the race route will be closed to vehicle traffic.

The closure is approximated to last until 10:00 a.m., at the conclusion of the race.

Signage signifying lane and road closures will be placed along the route, along with barricades and cones.

Dowdy Dash 5K organizers also report that local law enforcement officials, as well as Grafton Fire Department members, will be present along the loop to ensure racer safety.

According to organizers, those wishing to access Tygart Lake State Park and the Tygart Lake Marina during the closure are asked to utilize U.S. 119 South, to Beech Street, across the bridge and through Parkview. 

Alternately, lake traffic may travel on U.S. Route 50 to Thornton, accessing Knottsville Road, coming in the back way to the lake.

Those with questions may email [email protected] or find the event on Facebook by searching Day For Dowdy.

And for those who would like to take part in the Dowdy Dash, there is still time to get registered. Simply visit or email [email protected].

“Grafton really rallies around hurting community members, and we look forward to seeing a great showing of support for the Dowdy’s,” voiced organizer Heather Hudson. “We hope to see you there!”


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