50 STATES MARATHON TOUR: WEST VIRGINIA (40/50)

2012 PARKERS MARATHON: 5:56:28 (2012-08-26)

Photos:
https://www.facebook.com/730374053784599/photos/?tab=album&album_id=735527646602573

Race report:
http://bikingviking.net/listing/parkers-marathon-west-virginia-2012-08-26/


WEST VIRGINIA, USA

State capital: Charleston

State population: 1,8 million

State nickname: The Mountain State

State bird: Cardinal

State mammal: Black bear

State motto:

Mountaineers Are Always Free

Famous people from West Virginia:

Pearl S. Buck (author), Thomas Stonewall Jackson (Confederate general), Mary Lou Retton (gymnast)

Fun facts about West Virginia:

Mother’s Day was first observed at Andrews Church in Grafton on May 10, 1908.

West Virginia has the oldest population of any state. The median age is 40.

West Virginia is considered the southern most northern state and the northern most southern state.

The first federal prison exclusively for women in the United States was opened in 1926 in West Virginia.

On January 26, 1960 Danny Heater, a student from Burnsville, scored 135 points in a high school basketball game earning him a place in the Guinness Book of World Records.

West Virginia is the only state in the Union to have acquired its sovereignty by proclamation of the President of the United States.

More facts:

http://www.50states.com/facts/westva.htm#.U8Uez1Zn7eY

Logistic:

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Tourism-g59175-Huntington_West_Virginia-Vacations.html