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November 14, 2013

Local runners experience Bourbon Chase

Teams for both men and women participate in 200-mile Bluegrass road race

Somerset —

In one of the most grueling and demanding long distance road races in the southeastern part of the United States, two teams of local long distance runners (one male team and one female team) represented the area well in one of the unique running event.
The Bourbon Chase celebrates the best of Kentucky. It is a 200-mile journey across the Bluegrass State – through our historic bourbon distilleries, across our majestic horse country, and into our enchanting small towns. The race begins at the Jim Distillery’s American Outpost in Clermont, Ky., and ends in downtown Lexington.
The Bourbon Chase is a distance relay race that tours 11 cities in the Central Kentucky area. Each team consists of 12 team members, with each member of the team running three separate legs of 5.5-mile runs (there is one leg than is 3.1 miles and one that 9 miles long). The winning team completed the 200-mile relay race in just over 19 hours, while the majority of the teams times ranged form 24 hours to 36 hours. Each team was split into two groups, which were both supported by a team vehicle, drivers and other team support members.
This year’s Bourbon Chase drew an amazing 315 teams, which equates to nearly 4,000 competitors. However, the runners’ experiences ranged from running in a congested pack to running a Kentucky rural road with not a single other runner in sight.
“The Bourbon Chase is one of the most unique road race I have ever experienced”, stated Bourbon Chase participant Joe Weigel. “My first leg was at 8 p.m., my second leg was at 4 a.m. and my final leg was at 12 noon.”
“It was a strange feeling running in the middle of the night on a deserted rural road,” Weigel explained. “It was sort of spooky, but it was sort of a spiritual experience as well.”

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