Spectacular Scenery; No Feuds, Just Friendly Folks (about: 2001)|
Gary Bruland from Howell, Michigan (6/11/01)
If the inaugural Hatfield-McCoy in 2000 was beset by some first time snags to make runners fuss and feud, the 2001 event went off with hardly a hitch. The David Hatfield-led organization team brought dozens of community leaders, groups and sponsors to create a very memorable and special event. From the complimentary pre-race pasta dinner, to a decent t-shirt and finisher's medal, to bottled water and bottled Gatorade (as well as cups of water and G-ade) at 22 stations throughout the course, to truly warm and friendly volunteers, to many incredible vistas--especially from miles 19 to 22 above the Tug River, not to mention the commemorative marathon towel at the finish line, and the friendly persons who transport you the mile or two back to the race start, an excellent organizational effort was evident. Couple this new and improving, sure-to-grow marathon (80 runners in 2001, only 1 coal truck passed my way)with the family-friendly, Hatfield-McCoy reunion festival, you've got a fun and challenging marathon in early June on the Kentucky & West Virginia boarder. If there was a 'Most Improved' or 'Best Update' marathon award, the Hatfield-McCoy would beat all competitors up Blackberry Mountain (about miles 6-7). Within a few years, when word gets out about this marathon and the reunion festival, I reckon (like Grandma's in Duluth, et.al.) runners from all over will fuss and feud to gain entry into this event. Make plans to run Hatfield-McCoy. You'll be glad that you did!