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Charleston welcomes fourth annual West Virginia Games

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Charleston will be buzzing with activity Labor Day weekend during the fourth annual WV Games.

The WV Games promotes both physical fitness and friendly competition, and is the largest collection of sanctioned sports and sporting events in West Virginia.

More than 150 athletes will compete in events including beach volleyball, Jiu Jitsu and submission wrestling, zumbathon, a strength challenge with Phil Pfister, cornhole tournaments, beach wrestling, and a powerlifting/bench press challenge.

To kick off the weekend's games, athletes and event organizers will join the community during the Moses Automotive Group Live on the Levee concert at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 31. The Voodoo Katz and Greensky Bluegrass will close out the last of the summer concert series.

Sporting events will get started at 7:30 a.m. Sept. 1, with the annual Charleston Distance Run. Most events are held on Magic Island or nearby locations. Kanawha Boulevard from Pennsylvania Avenue to Delaware Street will be closed during the WV Games.

Here is the schedule of events: 

  • Charleston Distance Run (State Capitol) — 7:30 a.m.
  • West Virginia State Cornhole Tournament (Magic Island) — 9 a.m.
  • Beach Volleyball (Magic Island) — 9 a.m.
  • "End of Summer Bash" Zumbathon (Kanawha Blvd. in front of Magic Island) — 10 a.m.
  • Martial Arts Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (Magic Island) — 11 a.m.
  • Beach Wrestling (Magic Island) — 11 a.m.
  • Strength Challenge with Phil Pfister (Magic Island) — 11 a.m.
  • Powerlifting/Bench Press Challenge (Magic Island) — 12:30 p.m.

Sponsors include city of Charleston, Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau, Central West Virginia Convention and Visitors Bureau, WOWK, Mardi Gras Casino & Resort, 1-800 Gambler, Smart 529, and H&H Tents and Events.

For information and a full schedule, visit For information about participation, visit or contact Butch Hiles at 304-549-9370.

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