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Event organizer talks about the economic impact of canceling the Spartan Race

FAYETTE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The Spartan Race, held annually at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, has been canceled due to COVID-19 concerns.

Jim Campbell worked as a special events coordinator for the Summit Bechtel Reserve and is one of the people credited with running the state about four years ago.

He says it will have a major economic impact on the region, as organizers say it will bring in around $4.2 million to the local economy with 14,000 people coming from all over to take part in the extreme race.

Campbell says local businesses and hotels are calling it their “second bridge day” because thousands of people come from all over, but it’s also why the state has recommended it be canceled this year as cases continue to increase.

Not only is it an economic blow, but Campbell says it’s also a tourism exposure blow.

“It’s also the demographics of people that we really want to introduce to southern West Virginia that’s mountain biking and hiking our trails and rock climbing, and that’s really the demographics that we we have,” he said.

The race was due to take place at the end of this month, as organizers are now starting to look forward to next year.

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Anna Saunders is a weekend reporter for WOAY. A graduate of Princeton Senior High School and a mother of Fayette County, she is no stranger to the area. She earned a degree in media arts and design from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia, and wanted to return home to start her career as a journalist.