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Taterbug 30 Ultramarathon in Vevay, Nov. 5

October 27, 2011 Leave a comment

By Angie Satterfield
Switzerland County Tourism

Taterbug 30 UltramarathonOnly the second of its kind in Indiana, the second edition of the Taterbug 30 Ultramarathon will take place across Switzerland County, Indiana on Saturday Nov. 5, 2011. The event begins at 7:30 am in the historic town of Vevay and allows participants an eight-hour finishing time.

Spanning a course of 30 miles, the run will be along some of the most challenging terrain in the state. Rolling hills, wooded areas, and creeks will greet competitors from the road along a scenic course that winds throughout the county.

Taterbug RunnersNamed for the famous Taterbug Hill — the highest point in the county — the race will provide seasoned competitors with a challenging course yet is a good distance for the first-time ultramarathoner. Organized teams of up to six members can run shorter lengths, each participating in five-mile legs.

More information is available by calling 502-296-9477, or visit the Taterbug 30 Web site at

Taterbug 30 Ultramarathon Fact Sheet

  • The newest Ultramarathon in Indiana, Taterbug 30 is the only 30-mile Ultramarathon in existence in the State of Indiana.
  • An Ultramarathon is any race that is longer than the traditional marathon distance of 26.2 miles.
  • Because of the length of the course, Ultramarathons are ran during the cooler months as opposed to shorter distances in warmer temperatures.
  • Taterbug 30 is named for Switzerland County Indiana’s “Taterbug Hill,” the highest point in the county. It climbs to 909 feet above sea level.
  • Switzerland County is conveniently located between Cincinnati and Louisville (around an hours drive), and less than two hours from Indianapolis, the state’s Capital.
  • Rolling hills, wooded areas, and creeks will greet you along the course route, with some of the most spectacular scenery in Southeast Indiana.
  • Taterbug WinnersTater Bug 30 will begin in the county’s historic county seat of Vevay (pronounced Vee-vee) Indiana, dubbed the Budget Travel Magazine Reader’s Poll #4 America’s Coolest Small Town. The official announcement was made on April 2009 during the CBS Early Show in New York City.
  • “Taterbug” is short for potato bug, which is how the location got its name. According to an article in the Vevay Reveille newspaper from 1945, Zion United Brethren Church was the site of many revivals in which people “fell prostrated at the alter” and looked “jist like taterbugs rattling into the pan.” The church was dubbed “Taterbug Church”, with the nickname extending into the community as that of a school and Taterbug Hill.
  • Switzerland County is home to one of Indiana’s “Top 10 Festivals”. Held each August, the Swiss Wine Festival hosts nearly 25,000 people at Paul Ogle Riverfront Park in the town’s county seat of Vevay. The festival plays homage to the county’s history of being in the record books as the location of the “First Successful Commercial Winery in America.”