Thousands of people take part in Tour De Coal to give back to WV
TORNADO, WV (WOWK) – The 17th annual “Tour De Coal” community event has taken off, with over a thousand kayakers floating on the Coal River. This 12 mile chariot started from Meadowbrook Park in Tornado and ended in Saint Albans.
This special event is where kayakers pay a fee to participate, supporting funding for the Coal River and Meadowbrook Park.
“They are here to have a good time and they are there to support the cleanup of the Coal River,” said Bill Curry of the Coal River Group.
“It gave the park a purpose,” said Matt Curry, Coal River Group.
This floating event will generate approximately $ 50,000 which will be used to continue supporting the Coal River.
“To keep it clean, and we’re so proud of it, and that’s what we’re showing today, to all these new people,” Curry said.
The float brings people from all over the country to West Virginia and is the second largest kayaking event in the United States.
The kayakers explain why they come back every year to take part in this fun event.
“There are a lot of swings, beaches and good people on the river. It’s a fun day, ”said Curry.
“This is my fourth time and it won’t be the last,” said Joni McGraw, Float volunteer.
They even help clean up trash from the river while it floats.
“My husband and I just packed a big bag. My son was able to pull out a big tire, ”said McGraw.
The “Tour De Coal” is a stunning example of how the community inside and outside the state of West Virginia can come together to give back to the state’s natural beauty.
This event was followed by a celebration on Main Street in Saint Albans called “Yakfest”. The celebration includes food, shopping and entertainment for participants and the community.
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