This blog is usually covering biking, barbecue, and beer. However, I will shift temporary focus to running, along with bourbon and burgoo.
My brother called me a couple of weeks ago and said he had a spot on his team for the Bourbon Chase Relay. 250 teams compete in a 200 mile relay starting at the Jim Beam Distillery in Kentucky. Teams are made up of 12 members. The winning time is around 20 hours with many teams coming in around 27-30 hours.
Each team member runs three legs. These legs range between 3-1/2 and 8-1/2 miles, with each runner totaling between 11-1/2 and 21 miles. Most runners have a total of about 16-17 miles. It's called the Bourbon Chase as the race passes through six different bourbon distilleries including Maker's Mark, Four Roses, and Woodford Reserve.
Drinking of bourbon is prohibited during the race, but evidently many samples are supplied for the post-race party.
I'm hoping the post-race party will include burgoo, a local Kentucky stew that is sometimes served with barbecue. Burgoo is often made with mutton, but chicken, beef, pork, and other meats are often used. Lots of different vegetables may be present, not limited to cabbage, corn, beans, tomatoes, or okra. It sounds similar to the Brunswick Stew of Georgia or the hash that is served in some of the South Carolina barbecue joints.
If you're interested in the race, see more information at http://www.bourbonchase.com/
I'll post some observations after the race in October. Look for us in the results. Our team name is Asphalt Assault.