Thursday, June 18, 2009

West Virginia's Hatfield and McCoy Marathon

This is a wonderful race. It starts in Kentucky and finishes in West Virginia, crossing back and forth between the states several times. We hit the expo where we picked up our race packet, had a nice prerace meal , and saw a presentation on the Hatfield-McCoy feud....each runner was assigned a side...I was a Hatfield and Kim was a McCoy......
The Hatfield
The McCoy

Race morning was not that warm but it was extremely muggy. There had been a lot of flooding in the area over the last few weeks and the air was saturated. I decided before the race that it was going to be a "fartin' around" marathon. We brought a disposable camera and just covered the distance.....

Only one section of the course was muddy and it reminded me a lot of the tank trail in Anchorage.
...lots of "squalor in the hollar" along the course.

...lots of rivers and bridges along the course.

.....a bridge on the course connecting two sides of a golf course, one side in Kentucky and one side in West Virginia.

No caption really needed....

Our medals and overall finisher trophies...notice that mine is for 183rd and Kim's is for 184th....someone started some McCoy trash talking about a 100 yards from the finish line and got smoked.....also notice that we got a fly swatter in the our packet.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Hatfield and McCoy Marathon.....

We head off for West Virginia this weekend for the Hatfield and McCoy Marathon, which if all goes well will be marathon #76 and state #36. This is a marathon I have been eyeing for quite a while. It is a smaller sized field but seems to get great reviews from its runners. You are designated a Hatfield or McCoy....not sure which one I am yet.