Join Hatfield & McCoy Marathon
The Hatfield McCoy Marathon was founded in 2000 and sponsored by the Tug Valley Road Runners Club. Our inaugural race began with just 13 runners. Now we welcome over 1,000! So, whether you want to complete the full 26.2 miles, 13.1, a double half, or even a 5K, the Hatfield McCoy Marathon has a run for you!
Oh yeah, if you are a “50 Stater” you can choose either West Virginia or Kentucky as the race state because you’ll be running through BOTH!
Ranked one of The Weather Channel’s Toughest Marathons, Road Runner Magazine’s Most Fun Races, RRCA Championship Race, and Red Bull’s Must Have Medals. Do you need another reason to run with us in June.
Be ready for a run through the hills and hollows of eastern Kentucky at the Hatfield-McCoy Marathon & Half Marathons — the event begins with a shotgun start at 7:00 AM at the Food City grocery store in the eastern Kentucky town of Goody, near South Williamson.
Course HighlightsBegins at Food City and finishes in downtown Williamson. The course takes the runner South on US 119 to Toler, Kentucky, where runners will make a U-turn on the "four-lane" (Highway or Interstate for you city folk) near the Belfry Marathon Station with police assistance and then turn on old 119. Runners will follow old 119 to the bridge across Pond Creek and onto route 319. Immediately after crossing the bridge the course goes left and begins a gradual incline for a brief period. From Toler the course will take the runner through the coal camps of Hardy, Kenrucky, and a piece of our history following the Hatfield-McCoy Feud. Once through the Hardy area the course begins to travel through the heart of Feud Country. The course continues a gradual incline until the foot of Blackberry Mountain. It's a one mile climb to the top but it's downhill from there! At the foot of Blackberry Mountain the course passes Rev. Anderson Hatfield's home site. It was at his residence the Hog Trial was held in 1878. This site is also very close to where the Election Day stabbing took place. Also at the foot of Blackberry Mountain the course turns left on route 1056, which runs along Blackberry Creek till it meets the Tug River at Buskirk, KY where the three McCoy's were tied to the pawpaw bushes and shot. Runners will cross the bridge at Buskirk, KY into Historic Matewan, West Virginia site of the 1020 Matewan Massacre. A gunfight between miners and Baldwin-Felts agents brought in by coal companies to prevent union organization. Matewan is the finish line for the Half Marathon. Half Marathon runners will have continuous bus service back to Williamson. Marathon participants will continue out of Matewan back across the Tug River just like the Hatield and McCoy families did during the feud. The runners will turn right onto River Road. This is a very scenic part of the marathon which crosses the river over a bridge at the the Tug Valley Country Club. In less than a mile you will cross back into Kentucky. This leg of the run goes past several cemeteries and home places. The course follows route 292 through Aflex, Kentucky and then turns right onto US 119. The runners will go less than one mile and take a right for the last time across the Tug River back into West Virginia heading for the finish line near the historic Coal House in Williamson, West Virginia.
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