Bride Day began 39 years ago, in 1980, to celebrate the completion of the bridge. That’s when people began taking the 876 foot plunge to the New River below.
Marcus Ellison is the BASE jump advisor for Bridge Day. He explained what the sport is all about.
“It’s sport parachuting from fixed objects. BASE is an acronym. It stands for Building, Antenna, Span and Earth. Those are sort of the four different categories of objects that people typically jump from,” Ellison said.
This event is special as it is the only time extreme sports enthusiasts can legally make this leap.
“This is an iconic structure the New River Gorge Bridge. It’s one of those mile stone jumps that a lot of people want to check off the bucket list,” Ellison said.
Ellison said this year they have about 380 jumpers registered for Bridge Day. He also explained how you can get involved in BASE jumping.
“Start getting your skydiving license. Start making parachute jumps. Once you’ve got about 200 or so skydives under your belt you can go to a number of places across the country and take a first jump course,” Ellison said.
If you do not have the experience needed to BASE jump you can also tandem jump on Bridge Day.