WILLIAMSON – More than 1,500 runners are expected to attend the 16th annual Hatfield McCoy Marathon scheduled for Saturday, June 11.
Alexis Batausa, President of the Tug Valley Road Runners Club, approached the Mingo County Commission at last Wednesday’s meeting to request assistance with the marathon.
“I am here on behalf of the Hatfield McCoy Marathon. It is coming up again on June 11 and of course we need your support for this race. This year’s race is the first time we are hosting a state championship. The 2016 Kentucky State Marathon championship is through the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). That gives us a boost especially with sponsors. I am pleased with the sponsors we have for this race. Gatorade is helping out; they sent us a lot of Gatorade,” Batausa stated.
Commissioner Diann Hannah questioned where the runners for the race will be housed.
Batausa explained that the runners are housed in a variety of local locations including the Tug Valley Inn, local hotels, and fire departments. “We do as much as we can to try to get these people to stay here in town. We are expecting 1,500 to 2,000 people to be here. The numbers are still growing.
At the meeting, Batausa requested assistance for the Hatfield McCoy Marathon from the commission. The commission approved Batuasa’s request for the Mingo County Court House to be open on race day from the hours of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. to allow use of restroom facilities. Also approved was a request for use of the stage as well as use of the shower facilities at the former Williamson High School.
Timothy Caudill with the Tug Valley Road Runners Club explained that the race had a 1.7 million dollar impact. Batausa agreed stating, “This is a great thing for this community.”
Batausa explained that activities associated with the race will continue after runners have completed the marathon. Following Saturday’s race, music will be provided in downtown Williamson from the hours of 5 p.m. until 9:30.
Commissioner John Mark Hubbard commended Batausa stating, “We appreciate the efforts. It continues to amaze the number of people that come to our area to participate. It is great for the city of Williamson and for our county. It continues to be listed in a lot of runner magazines.
Batausa agreed stating, “It was this year’s top 10 most fun races in Runner’s World.”
According to the Hatfield McCoy Marathon website the marathon has been ranked, “The Weather Channel’s 15 Toughest Marathons in the World, Red Bull’s ‘8 Finisher’s Medals You Need In Your Collection’, and Runner’s World Magazine’s Bucket List: 10 Fun Marathons.”
More information about the Hatfield McCoy Marathon can be found by visiting http://www.hatfieldmccoymarathon.net.
(Courtney Harrison is a news reporter for the Williamson Daily News. She can be contacted at [email protected], or at 304-235-4242 ext. 2279.)