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The 10th Annual Coal Dust Run/Walk

10th Annual Coal Dust Run 

For years, the Tug Valley Road Runners Club (TVRRC) has been a major part of the King Coal Festival with their annual Coal Dust Run. The Coal Dust Run is a play on the now-classic color run, where, instead of being showered in brightly colored powders, runners are instead pelted with imitation coal dust. This yearly homage to the region’s history and workers has become a beloved local tradition, and this year, the TVRRC will be hosting the 10th Annual Coal Dust Run. 

Celebrating Our History and Having a Good Time 

Participants can choose to run in a 5K, or take it a little slower in the 1-mile walk. Pre-registration will be $25, and can be done here. Race-day registration will be $30, and will be open from 4 to 5:45. Runners under 14 years old receive a $5 discount regardless of whether they register online or day-of, and all participants will receive a t-shirt and finisher medal. 

The race begins at 6pm in front of the Coal House in downtown Williamson, and participants will be able to choose to run or walk. Also, there is a “no-dust” lane for those that would prefer to not be covered in the dust. 

The TVRRC is excited about this race, and want to make it extra-special to kick off the 50th Annual King Coal Festival. “We want it to be a big celebration,” Says race director Leigh Ann Ray. “In addition to the race, we’ll have a barbecue picnic and an outdoor movie.” 

The 10th Annual Coal Dust Run will be Saturday, September 9 at 6pm. To learn more and keep up with the event, check out the Facebook event page here. 

Photo from Tug Valley Road Runners Club


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