By Kyle Lovern
The 2nd annual Scott’s Trail Run will be held Saturday, April 2 starting at 9:00 a.m. at the Hatfield-McCoy Trail System on Buffalo Mountain, just south of Williamson on U.S. 52.
The event is held in honor of the late Scott Poole, a popular Williamson High School graduate, who was a huge supporter of the trail’s system and local fitness events.
The event is for runners and walkers and there are five different trails to choose from. There will be a 15K, a challenging 10K and 5K, an easy 5K and a one mile walk. There are trails for all levels from beginners, advanced runners and even walkers.
To register, participants have three options by the deadline of April 2. Those who register early will ensure a T-shirt and medal on race day. The three locations to sign-up are the Coal House, Mingo County Diabetes Coalition office or on Facebook. You can also register online through Webscorer: https://www.webscorer.com/register
Other items that will be available are hoodies, reusable water bottles, wristbands and complimentary medals. There will also be photography during the race and music at the starting line.
“Last year was fun, rain and all. This year is expected to be even better,” a race organizer said. “There are great trails, wonderful hoodie sweatshirts, water bottles, custom finisher medals, music, fun participants, and tasty food!”
Registration is from 7:00 a.m. till 8:45 a.m. and the race starts at 9:00 a.m. for the 15K and 10:00 a.m. for the 10-K and 5-K. The fee for the race is $40 for the one mile walk and 5-K, $50 for the 10-K and $60 for the 15-K.
“Your fee gets you a lot of neat stuff,” a spokesperson from the Tug Valley Road Runners Club (TVRCC) said. “Included are an awesome hoodie sweatshirt, custom wood (branded) finisher medal, reusable water bottle, memorial wristband, the complimentary meal and some long-lasting friendships.”
“You are invited to enjoy a complimentary, delicious BBQ and brownies from a local food truck that will be on site for you to enjoy after your run,” the TVRRC spokesman said.
Photographers will be taking photos of runners on the trail and at the finish line.
A huge turnout is expected for the annual event to honor Poole’s memory.
The money from the Scott’s Trail Run event will be donated to a local charitable organization. The charity will be determined at a later date.
(Kyle Lovern is the Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at [email protected] or at 304-235-4242, ext. 2277 or on Twitter @KyleLovern)