Hatfield-McCoy Marathon now has five races
by Ralph B. Davis
The annual Hatfield-McCoy Marathon now has five different races. The Tug Valley Road Runners Club (TVRRC) has added a second half marathon and a 5-K run to the event.
The races are less than two weeks away and will start on Saturday morning, June 8, as part of the Hatfield-McCoy Festival. The TVRRC has already registered over 700 runners, which is a record.
The runners and their friends and families will be coming into the area, specifically the town of Williamson.
The course for the full marathon is still the full 26.2 miles, while the half marathon is 13.1 miles.
The local races now consist of the full marathon, a first half marathon (the Blackberry Mountain Course), the second half marathon (the River Road Course), the Double Half Marathon and the 5K race.
The full marathon, second half marathon which starts in Matewan, the double-half marathon and 5-k races will all end in Williamson. The first half marathon, which starts in South Williamson, will end in Matewan.
The marathon and half marathon will start at 7 a.m. from Food City, in Goody, Ky. (South Williamson.)
Runners can choose to do the first half marathon, which runs over the steep Blackberry Mountain, or the second half marathon, which runs down through Sprigg, across the bridge into Kentucky and down River Road through Aflex and Burnwell.
If runners decide to do the second half marathon, it starts at 8 a.m. in Matewan.
The double-half marathon starts with the full marathon. Runners will get timed for the first half and then begin a new time run for the second half. That gives participants two states, West Virginia and Kentucky to put on their resumes.
The 5K starts at 8:45 a.m. from mile 23 and ends in Williamson, WV. This is the first time the TVRRC is including this shorter race during the marathon and Hatfield-McCoy Festival.
Registration is still open and runners can register on-line at https://secure.marathonguide.com/register/hatfieldmccoymarathon/
There will be a pasta dinner on Friday night at Belfry High School, which is located just off U.S. 119 near Food City.
Trophies and T-shirts will be awarded at the end of the race.
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