WILLIAMSON – Organizers of the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon are expecting the biggest field ever for this year’s event as registration is expected to reach nearly 1,500 participants.
The Tug Valley Road Runners Club (TVRRC), event organizers, are currently planning a major celebration for the marathon’s 15th running on June 14. This year’s event will feature the 26.2-mile marathon; two 13.1-mile half-marathons; a 5K race (three point one miles) and a kids race.
More than 1,000 runners participated in the 2013 races. Registration for this year’s event currently sets at nearly 800 – a 43 percent increase compared to registration at this point in 2013.
“This race has grown every year and we want it to continue to grow,” TVRRC President David Hatfield said. “We want our 15th anniversary to be the best race yet and our club members are working hard to make that happen.”
The marathon takes runners through two states and past many of the sites that are significant to the famous Hatfield-McCoy Feud. It begins in South Williamson, Ky., in the parking lot of Food City, a local grocery store, and winds its way south along U.S. 119 to KY 319 and finally to KY 1056 before crossing the Tug River into Matewan.
From there, runners travel along Route 49 crossing back into Kentucky onto KY 292. They emerge from Aflex, Ky., travel north on U.S. 119 and cross the Tug River once again, finishing in downtown Williamson.
Runners attempting to log races in all 50 states can choose to count it for either Kentucky or West Virginia.
The TVRRC is currently looking for volunteers to assist with water stops, race course setup and recovery and other aspects of the race.
“This is the biggest event in our area,” Hatfield said. “It takes a lot of people to organize an event of this magnitude. We have a lot of fun with it and we want everyone in our community to participate and be proud of what we do with this race.”
Anyone interested in volunteering for the event can contact Ellen Hatfield at (606)-625-0688.
Businesses interested in sponsoring the event can contact Chuck Ray at (304) 756-3935 or (606) 794-3933.
Runners interested in participating in the race may register online at www.hatfieldmccoymarathon.com.