Volunteers gear up for Hatfield and McCoy Marathon

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WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — The Tug Valley Road Runners Club and other volunteers are gearing up for the 19th Annual Hatfield and McCoy Marathon.

The Marathon begins in South Williamson, Kentucky, travels through Matewan, West Virginia and finishes in Williamson.

“We have runners coming from as far as Canada and as far as Korea,” said President of the Tug Valley Road Runners Club and Race Director Alexis Batausa. “We’re looking forward to everybody coming here.”

As of now, people from 46 states are represented in the marathon.

“People always see the hospitality that we show to them,” added Batausa. “We really do care. We stay out here all day because there’s no time limit for this race. People love this race.”

This year, race organizers have added a new slogan to the marathon, “How far can you run carrying a stolen pig?” Runners can purchase a stuffed animal pig during the marathon’s expo and carry it throughout the race. 

“With the feud itself, everyone thinks it started because of a pig. There’s more to the history itself but it’s a fun-factor and also memorabilia. I mean, it’ll be fun just running with a pig while you get to the finish line.”

The race is Saturday, June 9th. Participants have the option to run a full marathon, half marathon, double half marathon or 5k.

The expo is Friday, June 8th at Belfry High School from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m.

For more information, or to register, log on to hatfieldmccoymarathon.net or follow the event on Facebook.