This year’s Taterbug 30 Ultramarathon and Relay celebrated its fifth year on Saturday, November 8th, with the race’s first back to back winner.
Mark Scott, from Indianapolis, won the event in a time of 3 hours, 51 minutes and 36 seconds – which is his second consecutive win for the 30-mile distance. The race also had the largest turnout yet, with 75 total runners participating. Runners from all over the Midwest came from as far as Kansas and Michigan to try their hand at running Switzerland County’s beautiful - but very hilly – terrain.
Several local participants formed a winning team that covered the course in 3:53:54. The appropriately named “Pacesetters” which consisted of Allen Detmer, Michelle Detmer, Daniel Alford, Amy Alsup, Mark Boggs, and Tye Sullivan edged out a team from Madison by just two minutes. The race consisted of a total of eight teams, the largest number of teams to participate in the race to date.
The first female finisher, Ashley Scott from Zionsville, Indiana, completed the 30 miles in 5:08:14; followed by Courtney Couch (5:13:46) in second place; and Rhonda Curry (5:17:45) in third place.
The male finishers were Scott in first place; Bill Lewis (4:07:00) from Carrollton, Kentucky in second; and Tom Ferry (4:08:24) from Eau Claire, Michigan in third place.
All of the participants had glowing remarks about the race, the weather and the volunteers that cheered them along the way.
Yancy Unger of Bedford, Indiana said, “The entire race was very well done. I couldn’t get over how friendly and helpful all of the volunteers were. This event was very well organized, and I will definitely be back next year.”
The Taterbug 30 is a joint effort by many organizations and people throughout our community. The event organizer and race director, Adam Cole, made sure to make a point of this, “Without our volunteers this race would not be possible. I hear so many comments from runners about the support they receive on the course that it makes me really proud to host this race in our county.” Cole went on to comment, “I also want to thank the local businesses and organizations that make this event possible such as Jeff-Craig Fire and Rescue, Snappy Tomato Pizza, Vevay Swiss Inn, EMS, Monarch Beverage, Switzerland County Pacer football, and especially Switzerland Baptist Church. These runners rely on the support and these people never let them down.”
Plans for the 2015 race are already in the works. If there are local organizations that would be interested helping with next year’s event are encouraged to contact Adam Cole at (502) 296-9477. There will be opportunities to earn money for your organization.
Full results and more information can be found on the race website www.taterbug30.com.