The Bourbon Chase Runs Through Lawrenceburg

Runner on Main Street early this morning.(Top to Bottom) Michele Ward, Adel Ratcliff, Jenna BanksA big thank you goes to the Anderson Sheriff Department and the Lawrenceburg Police for keeping all the runners safe.

People from around the world gathered yesterday and today for a unique race here in Kentucky.  The 7th Annual Bourbon Chase is a two day overnight relay race covering over 200 miles that runs along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail taking it through 12 communities and 6 distilleries. With almost five thousand participants in four hundred teams consisting of 6 to 12 members, the race begins at Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont, Kentucky, and travels through many towns including Lawrenceburg to the finish line at Rupp Arena in Lexington. The race has a staggered start so it begins for some teams at 7 am on Friday and for other teams as late as 7 pm, giving a distance of 70 miles between some of the teams. The 200 mile race is split up into 36 legs of about 5.5 miles each, giving each racer 3 legs to run and about 8 hours of rest between.

The Bourbon Chase has runners from all over the United States and also other counties. Very few of the runners actually come from Kentucky, although there is a team right from Lawrenceburg that is part of the race. Misty Rutherford, the owner of MisT Fit Factory, gathered a group of local runners together and created the team, MisFit Bourbon Chasers. We wish them the best of luck.

Although the event has become a favorite run for many of its participants, it also helps to benefit charities and usually raises between $150,000 to $200,000.  This year’s charities are the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA).

A welcome reception was provided for the runners here in Lawrenceburg by Heavens to Betsy! today. Jackson and Betsy Horton, the owners of Heavens to Betsy, were up very early this morning cooking and preparing delicious food to provide the runners a great place to stop to eat at Wild Turkey Distillery.

We also stopped by Wild Turkey early this morning to talk to some of the runners. We met up with Adel Ratcliff from Washington DC, Michele Ward from Washington state, and Jenna Banks from Mississippi. This was the first year for these runners to participant in this race, and they are not only enjoying the race but also the beauty of Kentucky. Jenna told us that she loves Kentucky so much that she is looking forward to returning here for a vacation in the future.

The Bourbon Chase has certainly become a great Kentucky race, and we look forward to it each year as it travels through our great town of Lawrenceburg.

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