11/7/2013 3:00:00 PM Taterbug 30 Ultramarathon brings runners from all over to Switzerland County
The overall winners in Saturday’s Taterbug 30 Ultramarathon included, from left: overall winner Mark Scott of Indianapolis; and female overall winner Alicia Heyne of Louisville.
The “Gym Class Heroes” team won the relay portion of Saturday’s Taterbug 30 Ultramarathon for the second straight year. Team members included, from left: Cassie Courtney, Trisha Archer, Katie Collier, Adam Archer, Lance Collier, and Devin Scudder.
For many people, the thought of running a marathon - 26.2 miles - is either a daunting challenge or a silly thought.
For the 50 people who came to Switzerland County on Saturday morning for the fourth annual Taterbug 30 Ultramarathon - 26 miles was just a sign on the roadway.
The 30 mile run took participants all around the county, starting and ending at Switzerland Baptist Church in Vevay. Along the way runners took on challenges such as running up and down the Taterbug Hill just outside of Vevay; along both paved and gravel roads, across creeks; and up and down the hills of the county.
Along with individual runners, there was also a competition for relay teams, with six-person teams running five mile stretches each.
"We had participants from Indiana, Kentucky, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Missouri, North Carolina, and South Carolina," event coordinator Adam Cole said. The overall winner was from Indianapolis, and the female winner was from Louisville."
The November morning started crisp and chilly, but nearly all of the runners said that they preferred the Switzerland County conditions over running on a hot, summer course.
The first five-mile leg headed west out of Vevay and then onto highway 129, where runners then went west onto Detour Road, turning onto Fishing Worm Ridge for the run up Taterbug Hill.
The first five mile section ended at the top of Taterbug, with relay teams sending their second runners down the hill, back out Detour Road to State Road 129. A short run on highway 129 then had the runners turn onto Jackson Road, and then a left hand turn onto Pendleton Run Road , where the second leg ended.
The third leg took the runners to Parks Ridge, and then down Bennington Pike to Sergeant Kenneth Booker Road. The fourth leg picked up the run from there, continuing on Kenneth Booker Road to Drake's Ridge Road, then onto Fairview Road.
The 20-mile mark, where the fifth of the relay runners would have started, was midway along Fairview Road, and those runners continued to State Road 56, where they then went north to Plum Creek Road.
Running down Plum Creek, the runners found Mile 25, where the final of the relay runners would have begun, finishing Plum Creek Road and going onto State Road 156, where they ran west back into Vevay and to Switzerland Baptist Church for the finish.
The overall winner was Mark Scott of Indianapolis, who ran the 30-mile course in a time of 3:47.55. Michael Parks was second overall with a time of 4:07.16; and Chris Puckett was third overall in a time of 4:13.27.
The female winner was Alicia Heyne of Louisville, who established a new course record for females with a time of 4:14.29.
The winning relay team was from Switzerland County, and for the second straight year the "Gym Class Heroes" were the first team to cross the line. The team consisted of: Devin Scudder, Katie Collier, Trisha Archer, Cassie Courtney, Adam Archer, and Lance Collier. They finished the course in a time of 4:30.20.
The second place relay team was from Olive Branch Baptist Church, and included members Briar Miller, Mark Boggs, Joanne Sullivan, Tye Sullivan, Ian Kindler, and Devon Armstrong. They completed the race in a time of 4:39.17.
Jay Andrew was the lone Switzerland County resident to brave the entire 30-mile course, and he finished 27th in a time of 6:33.03.