CHARLESTON, W.Va. - Organizations across southern West Virginia have teamed up to encourage community members to walk 100 miles in 100 days.
The Hatfield McCoy: A Healthy Feud - Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days is adding a new twist to an age-old story by pairing southern West Virginia and eastern Kentucky in a friendly feud to get fit.
The first Walk 100 Miles in 100 Days is held in conjunction with West Virginia on the Move, West Virginia University Healthcare, the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition, McDowell CHOICES, Sustainable Pikeville (Ky.) and the Pike County (Ky.) Health Department and seeks to get those located in Hatfield and McCoy country active.
"Community health is considered important to our community development efforts, in addition to work with local food systems, tourism, sustainable construction, energy optimization and education," said Jenny Hudson, the director of the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition, in an email.
On Monday teams started tracking their miles for 100 days or until Dec. 17. Participants will strive to walk a mile a day, totaling 100 miles.
During this time, communities will see that the feud can drive families, friends and businesses to embrace healthy competition among counties, said Kayla Whitt, the Mingo County Diabetes Coalition Health and Wellness Promoter.
The program has about 650 people registered so far, and the registration deadline has been extended until Sept. 21 in order to allow more participants. Organizers hope to see 1,000 people involved.
Lincoln, Boone, Logan, Mingo, Wyoming, McDowell and Pike (Ky.) counties are all participating. A minimum of five and a maximum of 20 people are suggested to form a team for the competition.