WILLIAMSON – On Saturday, more than 200 runners and walkers attended the Second Annual Scott Poole Memorial Trail Run.
Pat Poole, discussed the event with the Williamson Daily News stating, “It was fabulous. We had more than 200 runners. About 25 more people participated this year. We had members of Huntington’s Road Runners Club in attendance, people from Tennessee as well as people from all over W.Va. and Ky.”
“Everyone loved it. It was a perfect day,” Poole continued.
The event took place at the Buffalo Mountain extension of the Hatfield and McCoy Trail system. The event was held to honor the late Scott Poole, a graduate of Williamson High School and supporter of the trail system and local fitness events.
With five different trails to choose from, people of all ages and varying levels of athletic ability were able to participate. The options included a 15k, a challenging 10k and 5k, an easy 5k and a one mile walk. “There were a good variety of trails,” Poole explained. “Even parents with small children could do the one mile walk,” Poole continued.
This year, participants received a wood medal. Following the race, participants were able to have their medals branded at a nearby fire-pit. Local Attorney, Paul Pinson, served as black smith and branded medals following the event. “We did something new this year,” Poole stated. “It was really fun. We had wood medals this year. People went over to the black smith at the fire pit to have their medal branded. Everyone really enjoyed it and was darting to the fire pit after the race to have their medal branded. The black smith did so well. He was so precise,” Poole continued.
Participants also had the opportunity to make s’mores by the fire pit and enjoy food provided by Kim Maynard and Reece Napier of Southern Food Concessions. “We had sticks and everything for s’mores set up by the fire pit and the food truck had barbecue, hot dogs, fries and brownies,” Poole explained.
“It just felt good,” Poole explained. “People stayed around and were mingling. I hope everyone had a good of a time as we did,” Poole stated.
Proceeds from the trail run will be contributed to the local chapter of the Growing Warriors Project. Last year, the proceeds from the trail run went to support Wounded Warriors. “It is a win-win. It allows us to remember Scott’s memory and give back to the community,” Poole stated.
According to the website, The Growing Warriors Project’s mission is, “To equip, assist, and train our military veterans with the skills they need to produce high quality organically grown produce for their families and communities.”
For more information on The Growing Warriors Project visit growingwarriors.org.
(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.)