The fourth annual Thunderbunny 50k - 25k - 12k Ultra-Marathon packed Strouds Run State Park Saturday with hundreds of people.
The marathon had 400 people signed up to run, and of those, about 355 people showed up to participate. That’s not counting numerous other people who cheered them on, said organizer Michael Owen. Owen serves as director of the Southeastern Ohio Trail Runners nonprofit group, which puts on five trail runs every year. The next trail run will be the Pawpaw 4-Miler, set for Sept. 15 at the Ohio Pawpaw Festival.
Jonathan Bernard, owner of the Ohio Valley Running Company on Station Street in Athens, which sponsored the event, said that the Thunderbunny race sold out roughly two and a half months ago. Bernard and Owen both said they like the race because it accommodates varying levels of skills, with people of all ages attacking each level of the course (which winds its way around the Strouds Run trail system).
For example, runner Jeremy Wittekind is pictured in the top-left photo finishing the 50k race, while some of the others pictured might have been finished the 25k or 12k.
The winner of the 50k race finished that trail in just under four hours, Bernard said, while some others might take about nine hours to complete that course.