WEST WILLIAMSON – The Tug Valley Road Runners Club (TVRRC) started 2016 with a midnight New Year’s Eve 5-k fun run.
TVRRC President Alexis Batausa commented on the New Year 5-k saying, “We put on the 2nd Annual Run in the New Year and it was fantastic!”
The New Year’s Eve 5-k was a popular event this year. Batausa explained that the amount of participants in the race doubled. “Why would almost 80 people run/walk in the middle of the night, at 12 midnight? Who wouldn’t? We doubled our numbers from a year ago and had a fantastic medal and shirt to go with the race.” Batausa said.
The midnight run was made possible by ample lighting along the course in West Williamson.
“The course was lit up by glow sticks like an airport runway. Last night definitely showed so much love and support and even had people running and walking the race virtually from Iowa, Florida, Kentucky, and West Virginia. This was quite an experience you can’t miss out. There’s something about being in dark that pushes you especially with friends and family with you side by side. They are the light that shines on us and keeps us going within ourselves,” Batausa explained.
Recently, the Hatfield McCoy Marathon was selected in the Runner’s World Bucket List 10 Fun Marathons for the January/February Issue.
TVRRC has also been selected by the Road Runners Club of America for 2016 RRCA Kentucky State Marathon Championship.
The next race will be the 3rd annual Cause for Paws event will be held by the Tug Valley Road Runners Club. All proceeds will benefit Save Our Strays, Mingo County’s only official not-for-profit no-kill animal rescue group. The race will take place at the Williamson Fieldhouse in West Williamson with an 11 a.m. start, while registration is from 9:00 a.m. till 10:45 p.m.
For those interested in upcoming races, the 2016 schedule has been made available. For more information contact Alexis Batausa at 304-235-3400 or visit the Facebook page www.facebook.com/TugValleyRoadRunnersClub.
(Courtney Pigman is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2279.)