SportsFEST Who says you need four walls to have an event? The Charleston, West Virginia Convention & Visitors Bureau understands the need to think outside the box, and SportsFEST is proof it works! Not only do we halt river traffic, but we also transform our four-lane highway into a challenge course – minus the cars, of course. Since it started three years ago, SportsFEST has grown to include three competitions – Jet Ski racing, a professional volleyball tournament and a fireman’s combat challenge. With nearly 250 competitors, this weekend event draws thousands of spectators and generates $1.6 million in economic impact for the city. While the late-August event signifies the close of summer (sniff-sniff) many families take advantage and turn the weekend into a mini staycation. So what are you waiting for? Come check out Charleston,WestVirginia, and see for yourself how much fun we can have. STATS NUMBER OF ATHLETES: 230 VENUES: Magic Island, Kanawha Boulevard and Haddad Riverfront Park • Five hotels within walking distance from venue • Free shuttle from airport to most downtown hotels • Venues and hotels are within walking distance to 30 restaurants and one of the largest indoor urban malls east of the Mississippi • Three major Interstates - 64, 77 and 79 – run through Charleston,West Virginia, placing us within 500 miles of 66 percent of the U.S. population • Yeager Airport is located eight minutes from downtown Charleston and offers daily direct flights from Washington D. C., New York, Chicago, Detroit, Cincinnati, Charlotte, Atlanta, Houston and Orlando.
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