By Kyle Lovern
Get your running shoes ready and start to limber up.
The 15th Annual Hatfield-McCoy Marathon will be held Saturday morning starting at 7 a.m.
Runners from almost all 50 states and some from Canada will be participating.
Close to 1,000 runners have now registered for one of the races. There is the full 26.2 mile marathon, two half marathons that are 13.1 miles long, the 5-K race and a kid’s run. One of the half marathons starts at Food City with the full marathon and ends in Matewan. The other starts in Matewan and ends in downtown Williamson at the finish line of the full marathon on Second Avenue.
The race continues to grow in popularity and the number of registered runners has once again broken a record for the ever-growing marathon.
Several local runners have also registered for the race.
The race route runs through and by some of the locations of the famous Hatfield & McCoy Feud. It starts at Food City, through Hardy, Ky. and up Hardy Mountain, down to Blackberry Creek. From there runners turn left towards downtown Matewan, then head back down Rt. 49 on the West Virginia side of the Tug River to Sprigg near the Tug Valley Country Club, crossing the bridge back into Kentucky across the Massey bridge and take the old Rt. 292 through Burnwell and the full marathon ends on Second Avenue in downtown Williamson near the historic Coal House.
The 5-K will start at Food City and also end in Williamson.
With a paid fee, runners will receive a T-shirt, a Mason Jar award and an awesome participation medal.
Runners can register online or visit the Coal House or the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition to register also.
(Kyle Lovern is the Sports Editor for the Williamson Daily News. He can be contacted at email@example.com or at 304-235-4242, ext. 33 or on Twitter @KyleLovern.)