WILLIAMSON – The Tug Valley Road Runners Club (TVRRC) is looking for a few good runners to lace up their shoes and hit the pavement with three races in August and September.
All three events will be road races, but will take place on different courses. The first race will take place in Delbarton on Saturday, Aug. 29. The Bill Smith Memorial 5K Run/1 Mile Walk (also known as the Bulldog 5K) is a 3.10-mile race that will take runners through and around the town of Delbarton in honor the late Bill Smith who was coach in Mingo County for many years.
Registration for the Bulldog 5K is currently open. Runners and walkers wanting to participate in this race may register at the Coal House or the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition, both located on Second Avenue in Williamson, or online at www.webscorer.com. Registration will also take place at the gazebo in Delbarton from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 28 and on race day beginning at 7 a.m.
The registration fee for both the 5K and the one-mile walk is $20 until Friday, Aug. 28. Those registering on race day will pay $25. Participants will receive a t-shirt and finisher’s medal. Awards will be given for overall winners and age divisions.
The area’s fastest growing 5K will be on tap Sept. 12 in downtown Williamson. The fourth annual Coal Dust Run is the unofficial kickoff to the Williamson’s annual King Coal Festival. A local take on the popular Color Run series of 5K races, the Coal Dust Run honors the region’s coal mining industry and heritage by dousing runners with black “coal dust” during the course of the race. When runners cross the finish line, they appear to have come straight from a shift at an underground mining operation.
More than 400 people participated in the 2014 Coal Dust Run, which is presented by the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce along with the TVRRC.
The Coal Dust Run is a non-timed fun run which begins at 6:30 p.m. in front of the historic Coal House. The registration fee for the race is $20 prior to Sept. 12 and $25 on race day. Participants will receive a t-shirt and finisher medal. Those planning to participate in the Coal Dust Run can register at the Coal House, Mingo County Diabetes Coalition office or online at www.webscorer.com.
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The club’s third upcoming race is the Frank O’Brien Memorial 10K/5K Run/Walk scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19, beginning at 9 a.m. Presented by the GFWC-WV Williamson Woman’s Club along with the TVRRC, this race offers runners and walkers a choice of two distances – 6.2 miles (10K) and 3.1 miles (5K) and honors the memory of O’Brien, who was a major supporter of the TVRRC, an avid volunteer for the King Coal Festival as well as many other community events and activities.
The Frank O’Brien race will take place in West Williamson at the historic Williamson Field House. Participants can register at the Coal House, the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition office or online at www.webscorer.com prior to Sept. 19. On Sept. 18, they can register at the Tug Valley Inn from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. and beginning at 7 a.m. on race day.
Registration fees for the Frank O’Brien race are $30 for the 10K prior to Sept. 19 and $35 on race day. For the 5K, the registration fees are $20 prior to Sept. 19 and $25 on race day. Participants will receive a t-shirt and finisher medal. Trophies will be awarded to overall winners and the top three finishers in each age division.
For more information about these upcoming races, contact Natalie Taylor at 304-235-5240; Alexis Batausa at 304-235-3400 or Leigh Ann Ray at 606-794-3564.