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Overall Rating (86 Reviews)
4.7
(86 Ratings)(86 Reviews)
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The Hatfield McCoy Marathon has been ranked one of The Weather Channel’s Toughest Marathons, Road Runner Magazine’s Most Fun Races, RRCA Championship Race, Red Bull’s Must Have Medals and RaceRaves Best Marathon in West Virginia! Do you need another reason to run with us? Upon registration you will be assigned … MORE
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    jphil853 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This marathon is a good choice to take West Virginia or Kentucky off your 50 States list, but it is not an easy course. In the first ten miles, a … MORE

    This marathon is a good choice to take West Virginia or Kentucky off your 50 States list, but it is not an easy course. In the first ten miles, a mile long steep incline is the hardest challenge that was only outdone by the temperature and 90%+ humidity. The packet pickup was smooth and the volunteers were extremely helpful. The course was not overly scenic and at times I was the only runner in sight in front and behind. It made it difficult to know if I was still on the course as you run through the middle of the woods on trails and through a golf course.

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    labrew2 FIRST-TIMER '21

    Very hilly. An aid station at every mile! The entire town participates and works hard to put on this race. It’s so much fun! Enjoy the experience and the area!! … MORE

    Very hilly. An aid station at every mile! The entire town participates and works hard to put on this race. It’s so much fun! Enjoy the experience and the area!!

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    runningservant FIRST-TIMER '21

    First of all, this is more like a family running reunion with a well executed plan for runners on every level. Second, don't complain about the numerous add stations — … MORE

    First of all, this is more like a family running reunion with a well executed plan for runners on every level. Second, don’t complain about the numerous add stations — you are not required to stop at any of them — and keep in mind that your race isn’t the only race taking place.

    Logistically, they did that. You have a full, a half, a full relay, a half relay, two states – two halves all taking place at the same time. The fact that aid stations are every mile should be the least of one’s concern.

    I, personally, was way too busy having the best fun and enjoying myself more than I have in over five years. From the phenomenal packet pickup to the post race party, I wished the day would’ve never ended. But all great things come to an end, at least until next year. Best believe you’d have to be the most miserable person on the planet not to have enjoyed this cool running.

    Mr. and Mrs. Shawn Cool and company, along with the community, put on a memorable event. Before even toeing the start line, I knew I wanted to return to run. Within the first mile, I knew I’d be back and by mile 15, I knew I was coming back. They had aligned the entire course with personal messages to returning runners welcoming them back. The course was challenging and ran throughout the community. People were everywhere along the course cheering you on and wishing local and visiting runners personal well wishes like they’ve known them all of their lives. The aid station volunteers were past awesome, and the festivities in West Virginia start / finish line made you want to pause your Garmin and party.

    It was totally a small town fell with a big town bang. From the miniature horses after the big hill up and the steep and long decline down to running through the camp areas and along the swinging bridge (I didn’t make it this far), you won’t have a moment of boredom.

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    https://runningmagazine.ca/the-scene/meet-the-texas-man-running-50-marathons-in-50-weeks-in-50-states/

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    LifebytheMile FIRST-TIMER '16

    I will start with the bad. The swag isn't the best out there but everything else is!!! The course is crazy town. It is hard and fun and great scenery. … MORE

    I will start with the bad. The swag isn’t the best out there but everything else is!!! The course is crazy town. It is hard and fun and great scenery. The local support is phenomenal! PHENOMINAL!!! The water spots are crazy stocked with everything you could think of needing. The year I did the race the heat was over the top and then add in the humidity. People were hurting and I was one of them but there were drive by cold towels being delivered to runners on the course, hoses at water stops to cool you down. Cold beverages, fruit, candy, water, gatorade. It was just amazing! I would definitely run it again.

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    Supasaiyan93 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This race had the best aid stations of any race I've run. Cold water, fresh fruit, snacks, etc available. Supporters were amazing and cheerful helping break up the difficult hills. … MORE

    This race had the best aid stations of any race I’ve run. Cold water, fresh fruit, snacks, etc available. Supporters were amazing and cheerful helping break up the difficult hills. The weather was also great throughout the entire race only warming up towards the end. The local fire station bunkhouse was completely welcoming and friendly and free.

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    jen_jenmarie FIRST-TIMER '21

    This race was run very smooth. The aid stations remained fully stocked (even for a back of the pack pacer participant!) and the volunteers were amazing. Community support was very … MORE

    This race was run very smooth. The aid stations remained fully stocked (even for a back of the pack pacer participant!) and the volunteers were amazing. Community support was very evident! I had a great time on the course traversing the mountain roads and neighborhoods and seeing the historical markers along the way. The race swag was awesome which is always a plus! A fun race down in the holler!

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    eshaemonroy FIRST-TIMER '21

    It is just as steep going down the hills as it was going up. That was my biggest issue AFTER the race my quads felt like the might explode lol! … MORE

    It is just as steep going down the hills as it was going up. That was my biggest issue AFTER the race my quads felt like the might explode lol! The race was AMAZING, it has a little bit of everything (small towns to countryside to mud, golf courses, and a bridge)and the best part was the water stops with AMAZING people, pretty much every single mile w/smiling faces and right out there ready to help in any way possible.

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    Chinanow FIRST-TIMER '21

    There's so much to say about this race.. This was a tough race. First...us city folks take high speed internet for granted...WV/KY..these parts high speed internet or phone signal is … MORE

    There’s so much to say about this race..
    This was a tough race. First…us city folks take high speed internet for granted…WV/KY..these parts high speed internet or phone signal is not guaranteed…my friend found out the hard way trying to find the start of the river road half and I learned as my music stopped mid race due to no connection.
    The first half of the race or the Blackberry Half was tough. Downhill for the first 3 miles..runners are suddenly hit with a huge incline..it was super steep for those of us who do not live in mountainous or hilly areas…the downhill was just as steep and hard on a runners knees. Road were sometimes flat but more often curved following the curve of the mountain so be aware that footing though on a road can be uneven and hard on the knees as well.
    Mother nature gets points for being humid yet cloudy with a light mist…I was expecting worse. Many parts are shaded..make sure to wave to the miniature ponies/horses…they were so cute and wave to the people watching the lamest parade of the county…they get such a kick watching us run. Best part of the race…hands down the water stations…omg..they had everything… watermelon (the sweetest), oranges , banana, water and Gatorade then after mile 5, cold wet nice smelling towels.
    You finish in Mana(something KY) but there’s little break and you start race two which is River Road…like it’s name, it does follow the river, but honestly runners should call it the Muddy half..slip and slide half….on thee positive the scenery was beautiful….but it was one of the muddiest and hardest courses I’ve ever ran. Then that hill on mile 23..Jesus that hill…that hill makes you say words that would make bread go sour…and for my race if you are not careful the sun comes out and roasts you as you struggle to finish…
    However, did I mention the most award winning aid & water stations??!! Omg best water/aid stations ever.
    The end of the race was anti-clamatic…I think I was expecting like the aid stations tons of food and at least some hot dogs and tons of water..but instead it was your medal and someone handed me a small bottle of water and that’s it…no excitement…no picnic… nothing.
    Even though this was a double half and organizers made sure the ROUTE was approved for those running 50 states, double half participants do not get a medal for each state..a huge let down for me.

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    Genesis273 FIRST-TIMER '21

    I loved everything about this race! The challenging course, the aid stations and volunteers manning them, race organizers, the town(s) involved, and the swag. I've ran one large races (Marine … MORE

    I loved everything about this race! The challenging course, the aid stations and volunteers manning them, race organizers, the town(s) involved, and the swag. I’ve ran one large races (Marine Corps Marathon), which was awesome, but it just didn’t have the “welcoming feel” like H&M had. I’ve even learned alot about the history of the feud, which is pretty interesting.
    I’d love to see this race continue to grow to something even bigger!
    If you don’t stay in Williamson/South Williamson, I’d highly suggest Pikeville’s Hampton Inn which is nice, with a parking deck attached and very friendly staff!
    I would also highly suggest that you train for hills, humidity, and mud! 😉

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    RaceWhisperer FIRST-TIMER '21

    5 Lessons Learned from the Hatfield McCoy Marathon (#8) 5. #5. This marathon is listed as number five on the most extreme Marathon list. Due to the elevation and the … MORE

    5 Lessons Learned from the Hatfield McCoy Marathon (#8)

    5. #5. This marathon is listed as number five on the most extreme Marathon list. Due to the elevation and the extreme weather. We went from heavy rains to mist, 78° to 91°, 100% plus humidity, overcast to full sun, slick roads, flash flood warnings, muddy trails, and everything in between. And MOUNTAINS.

    4. Volunteers at Water stops make a difference. The people. The encouragement. The water, Gatorade, orange slices, watermelon, shots of Coke, cookies, pixie sticks, sunscreen. Especially after conquering an extreme obstacle such as an elevation up, elevation down, muddy paths, rickety wooden suspension bridge, to name a few. These volunteers at the water stops made a difference.

    3. MOUNTAINS are not hills. Hill running, even the Jack and Jill downhill, is flat compared to this race. One of my friends looked at the mountain on the elevation chart and thought I had jumped off a cliff! Nothing prepared me for the uncontrolled run down the steep side. Visions of Tour de France bike riders ran through my head as I ran down it. Bubba, that is what his shirt said his name was, told me to “tuck and roll, you won’t break nothin” as I ran past him. Tuck and roll.

    2. I like double half’s. With my sole sisters. The first half I ran for me. My time and my ability. The second half I ran with them. There is nothing like crossing the finish line, too tired to hold hands, and cross together with the folks who I trained with, strategized with, spent hours solving world problems with (lots of talking on long runs). That feeling? Indescribable.

    1. The number one thing I learned is: I am a tourist with running shoes. I stopped for selfie’s with mini horses. I got disappointed when it was too muddy to participate in the stolen pig rally ( I mean don’t pigs equal mud?) I stopped to breathe in fresh air among the forest at the top of a mountain. I waved to folks sitting on their porch, watching the parade running by. One day I may run a marathon for time but today is not that day.

    Well I run this race again? Absolutely NO. Not a half, not a full, not again. I am glad that I conquered this race. It became more about the mental than physical and in my book, I won. I would go back to Sherpa and sit at a water stop to give back to this incredible community. A community that appreciates the runner.

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    M_Sohaskey Jun 27, 2021 at 7:47pm

    Well done, Virginia! 👏 So glad you enjoyed the day and that you took time to stop and smell the ponies, this is definitely that kind of race. And YES,… MORE

    Well done, Virginia! 👏 So glad you enjoyed the day and that you took time to stop and smell the ponies, this is definitely that kind of race. And YES, Blackberry Mountain is no joke—despite having run this marathon, I *still* did a double-take when I saw the elevation profile you uploaded. Kudos to Bubba, though I'm glad I didn't meet him when I ran HMM or I may just have heeded his advice 😬. Congrats x 2 on notching two states in one day (how many people can say that?), and thanks for the excellent review to match an excellent effort! LESS

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    bjfuller2000 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    My hometown race does it again. Always well put together and the swag they give is always sweet. This year was no exception. Thankful to the Tug Valley Road Runners … MORE

    My hometown race does it again. Always well put together and the swag they give is always sweet. This year was no exception. Thankful to the Tug Valley Road Runners Club for putting on this event.

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    bjfuller2000 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    This is my local hometown marathon so it is near and dear to my heart. Every single year, it’s well organized, well marked, plenty of water stops and the bling … MORE

    This is my local hometown marathon so it is near and dear to my heart. Every single year, it’s well organized, well marked, plenty of water stops and the bling at the finish is always first class. A must do!!!!

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    garyyeager FIRST-TIMER '21

    High level of organization in pre-race pickup and the Staff was visible everywhere there and during the race to answer questions. 5k course was well marked, relatively flat and fast. … MORE

    High level of organization in pre-race pickup and the Staff was visible everywhere there and during the race to answer questions. 5k course was well marked, relatively flat and fast. Everybody was having a great time and friendliness was rampant!!! VP Shawn Cool was exceptional in making my wife and I have the most delightful experience of any race we have attended with his “over the top” hospitality. Thanks again Shawn!!

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    srodriguez211 REPEAT RUNNER '21

    Beautiful course! Worth the trip from Texas every year with the hills, the mud (lol), the hospitality, and the support from all the fellow runners. Highly recommend any race option … MORE

    Beautiful course! Worth the trip from Texas every year with the hills, the mud (lol), the hospitality, and the support from all the fellow runners. Highly recommend any race option for this course!

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    lgcincy16 FIRST-TIMER '21

    The thing that I liked best were all the wonderful people I met both on and off the course. The medal I received is definitely in the top 2 or … MORE

    The thing that I liked best were all the wonderful people I met both on and off the course. The medal I received is definitely in the top 2 or three that I’ve earned. The course was tough and being in a rural area there were not a lot of spectators cheering you on but the ones who were out and the people at the water stops were great and there was some pretty scenery. I definitely see myself doing this race again in the future.

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    ecanter2 FIRST-TIMER '21

    This race is HARD, AMAZING, AGONIZING and BEAUTIFUL. Words cannot even begin to describe the experience, the first half was some of the most amazing and beautiful scenery I have … MORE

    This race is HARD, AMAZING, AGONIZING and BEAUTIFUL. Words cannot even begin to describe the experience, the first half was some of the most amazing and beautiful scenery I have ever seen. I have been thinking about next year since about 15 minutes I came across the finish line. I ran a marathon in honor of my father who passed away who loved the area. I ran because it was when I felt closest to him. Running this race I was looking for him and found myself. Run this race, you will NOT regret it and you WILL NOT be the same person at finish line as you were at the starting line.

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    emmavierheller REPEAT RUNNER '21

    My family drives 5 hours each year for this gem. You won’t PR, but the course is beautiful and the volunteers and staff are top notch. It’s my favorite race … MORE

    My family drives 5 hours each year for this gem. You won’t PR, but the course is beautiful and the volunteers and staff are top notch. It’s my favorite race every year.

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    jjoseph81 FIRST-TIMER '21

    There are Aide stations almost every mile. The race is very organized. There are lots of hills and elevation gain. I was not prepared for some of the route not … MORE

    There are Aide stations almost every mile. The race is very organized. There are lots of hills and elevation gain. I was not prepared for some of the route not being paved.

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    imazoogirl FIRST-TIMER '21

    The support on this race was awesome. Aid stations every mile and everyone was so encouraging. Terrible first marathon. It was hot and the hills are killer. But it's beautiful … MORE

    The support on this race was awesome. Aid stations every mile and everyone was so encouraging.
    Terrible first marathon. It was hot and the hills are killer. But it’s beautiful and worth it.

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    bchaney FIRST-TIMER '21

    Awesome race. Great staff. Many water stops. Will race this course again. Hopefully doing the full next year. The weather ended up being perfect for us! Some muddy spots but … MORE

    Awesome race. Great staff. Many water stops. Will race this course again. Hopefully doing the full next year. The weather ended up being perfect for us! Some muddy spots but overall great!

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