WILLIAMSON – The Tug Valley Road Runners Club (TVRRC), in conjunction with the Tug Valley Chamber of Commerce (TVCC) and the AIM Group, will be holding a pair of 5-K races the weekend of King Coal Days.
The first will be a “Coal Dust” run on Friday evening, starting at 6:30 p.m. Registrations starts at 5:30 p.m.
The second is Saturday morning, which is the annual Frank O’Brien Memorial run, which starts at 8:00 a.m. Registration starts at 7:00 a.m. at the college in West Williamson.
The first annual The King Coal, Coal Dust Run will be an experience based race that requires everyone to wear white t-shirts. Then, at different intervals along the course, they will be splashed/sprinkled/blasted with a dry colored powder. “If you are familiar with The Color Run, a trademarked event that is popping up across cities in the U.S. and attracting more than 7,500 participants per race, you will get the idea,” said Natalie Young, Ex. Director of the TVCC.
“So, to create our take on the color run, we will use a black powder base coal dust mix, to throw or spray on runners, thus the Coal Dust Run, which will result in finishers looking like coal miners,” Young added.
The route, explained here by David Hatfield, goes like this: After you run the first lap around the block you will do three laps following the map from the Coal House up Second Avenue to Logan Street then to First Avenue up to the 2nd Avenue Bridge over to Muncy’s. around behind the building through the old drive threw down 119 to Harvey Street Bridge back into town and up Second Avenue to the Coal house three times to complete the 3.10 mile 5K run / walk.
“You do this about three times and when you reach the Coal House, and behind the Mountaineer Hotel, back to the Coal House for the finish and finale. You’ll get dusted every mile and then a very fun finish. I hope that helps explain some of it,” Batausa said. Cones will mark the race route.
The Frank O’Brien 5-K run starts at the community college in West Williamson. There will be three turns in this race. It will start from the college, go down the end of Armory Drive and then down the floodwall, down and back, returning to the Armory road and back to the college.
Registration for this race is $20.
Cones will help mark the route and direct you in both races.
There will also be a free kid’s race for those 12 years and under after the 5-K run.
Long sleeve T-shirts will be given to the runners in the Frank O’Brien race.
For more information on either race contact Hatfield at 606-625-5092 or Batausa at 304-542-5311 or the TVRRC.