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Tourism Makes Plans for 2017 Yamacraw Run

50K race already sold out

Photo by Eugenia Jones
Runners participating in last year’s Yamacraw Run gave the McCreary County event favorable reviews. This year’s event, scheduled for April 8, is sold out with six hundred runners expected to attend.

During their regular February meeting, members of the McCreary County Tourism Commission discussed plans for the upcoming Yamacraw Run.  The annual event includes three races-a 10K, 20K, and 50K.  This year, a minimum of 600 total racers are expected to visit McCreary County during the weekend of April 8 to participate in the event.   In preparation for the upcoming races, there will be a Yamacraw Clean-Up Day on March 25 with volunteers picking up trash and cleaning up the Big South Fork River from the Princess Falls trail fork to Yamacraw.  Members of the Commission also discussed the type of radios and frequencies needed to successfully implement the race’s communication plan.  With the purchase of radios and suitable frequency access, the radios will be available to ensure better communication, safety and coordination, not only with the Yamacraw Run, but for additional tourism events such as the No Business 100, River Dash, car shows, festivals, etc.

In other business, the McCreary County Tourism Commission welcomed new member Kathy Coffey to her first official meeting.  Coffey replaces Wanda Worley as one of two representative of the McCreary County lodging industry.  Coffey is currently the manager of the Red Roof Inn in Whitley City.

The Commission also reviewed a proposal submitted by Gerry Seavo James for redesign of the McCreary County Tourism website.  James’ proposal addresses the need for easier use of the tourism website from mobile phones.

The next scheduled meeting for the McCreary County Tourism Commission is Thursday March 16, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at the McCreary County Tourism Office in Whitley City.


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