The 26th Annual Varmint 1/2 Marathon & 5K will be held Saturday, June 8, 2019 @ 8:00 a.m. Join us for a fun morning of running, music by Victor Lawson & Boogie Chillin’, and Amish ice cream. The Juice & Her Smoothie Bar will on hand for some refreshing pre- and post- race smoothies! 

The Varmint, which is held in Burkes Garden, VA continuous to be one of the most elite races in Southwest Virginia. Race Director, Charity (McDaniel) Hurst founded the race in 1992 and does an exceptional job of organizing the event which continues to host well over 400 runners, including virtual runners. The event brings runners from as far away as North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Texas. Why do they come so far to run a race? Sheep! The unique trophies handmade this year by the Tazewell County Career & Technical Center, Sharon Brown and Sarah White remain one of the most sought after trophies by runners. Everyone wants to add to their herd! 

Only two runners have run all 25, soon to be 26 years - Millie Keene and Charity Hurst. This is quite an accomplishment for Millie, as she is a breast cancer survivor and continues to run strong every year. Due to the growing numbers of runners the last two years, Charity now runs the course before the race so she can direct the race day activities.

Tanner Cook (Johnson City, TN) again crushed the Overall Male course record in 2018! Tanner’s new record of 1:13.04 beat his previous record set in 2017 of 1:14.14. Stephanie Place (Bristol, VA) remains the women’s course record holder with her time of 1:21.31 set in 2017. 

Register online at The Varmint is part of the BEAST Series, sponsored by We Run Events. Walkers have the option of starting at 6:00 a.m. but are not eligible for trophies. 

Packet pick-up and registration is available Saturday, June 8th from 6:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. and Friday, June 7th on Main Street of Tazewell, VA from 6-7:30 p.m. as they kick off  the summer with dining, drinks, shopping & more. The Kids in America 80’s & 90’s tribute band will be rocking Altizer stage from 6-9 and DJ Mike Henry Takeover from 9-11!  

Thank you! If you need any additional information, please let me know. 

Charity D. Hurst

Director ~ The Varmint ½ Marathon & 5K Road Race

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