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Local runners team up, compete in Bourbon Chase

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Group is ready to go in 2011

By The Staff

Some people took the idea of running to the weekend literally on Oct. 22.
That day, some Anderson County runners were part of a 12-person team that competed in the 200-mile Bourbon Chase, running a scenic route from the Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, Ky. to Triangle Park in downtown Lexington.
The trip went through Loretto, Bardstown, Lebanon, Springfield, Perryville, Danville, Stanford, back through Danville, Harrodsburg, Salvisa, Lawrenceburg and Versailles.
The runners ran for the Kentucky Bourbon Council.
“We started at 11 a.m. on Friday and finished in exactly 30 hours,” said Anderson County resident Cecil McFarland, captain of The Bottom of the Barrel team.
McFarland laughed when asked about being part of a team that would run all night through the hills of central Kentucky. “I just get bored with 5K and 10K races,” he said.
The Chase covered a good portion of Anderson County. “All 211 teams and approximately 450 support vans drove, albeit slowly, through Anderson County starting on Paxton Road to Bonds Mill Road to US 127, past the high school to Main then out 62 to Wild Turkey,” McFarland said.
McFarland said there were approximately 3,000 runners on the course. The team start times were staggered based on previous times and all teams finished within three hours of each other.
Each of the 12 runners ran three legs with a combined average of just over 16 miles. McFarland said Vanessa Seitz, of Versailles, ran the longest distance, covering 20.4 miles, while Anderson County High School teacher Corey Sayre ran the fastest.
“But he wasn't when we left,” McFarland laughed.
In addition to McFarland, local runners Tefany Bleuel and Darin Young ran on the team. The team consisted of seven women, including McFarland's daughter, Kathleen Schaffer of New York City. Schaffer was planning to compete in the New York marathon over the weekend.
One runner was from Louisville and the rest were from Versailles.
“Our team had a support group of four drivers, three houses to rest and shower, an official photographer and a massage therapist. Our team was the most energized and supportive of all the 211 teams,” McFarland said.
McFarland said local businesses and individuals were very supportive of the efforts. “Of special note is the organization and support of Four Roses and Wild Turkey,” he said. “It was quite special to have hot cider and bourbon s'mores at Wild Turkey on that cold dark morning served by among others Pam Ware and Charlie Cammack.   The Anderson County Sheriff's Department and the Lawrenceburg City Police provided a wonderful service in support of the Relay. Sadly to say, no visible support or encouragement was seen from any other Lawrenceburg or Anderson County officials.”
The 2011 race is scheduled for Oct. 7-8. McFarland says the Bottom of the Barrel team has already signed up to run again.