Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Runner Zach Bitter set a new world record during the Tunnel Hill runs on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Tunnel Hill Run keeps local businesses busy

By Jessica Wettig

The annual Tunnel Hill State Trail 100/50 mile run was held Nov. 10-11. It attracted over 3,000 people; about 800 registered runners, and even broke a new record.

But, another benefit of the run is the impact it has on the local economy.

Phil Morris, Forman Depot, said he heard businesses in the area were extremely busy over the weekend.

Kathy Harper, owner of the Perkins Inn in Vienna, said she was booked completely during the weekend, and she is already booked again for next year.

“They’re nice people,” she said. “I’ve never had any trouble with them.”

Angie Breeden, owner of Ned’s Shed in Vienna, said the restaurant was busy all day. She said some people came for both lunch and supper because they said they loved the food so much.

Breeden said she wanted to thank the people involved in the race for providing such a great event to help boost the economy. She said she met people from all over the country.

Tom Adili, owner of the Vienna Diner, said the restaurant was also busy all day long.

“They were great,” Server Debbie Waynik said. “I couldn’t imagine running as far as they did.”

Waynik said she met good people from everywhere in the country. She remembered one woman in particular who had run 100 miles, and came into the diner barely able to walk.

“She endured,” Waynik said.

With the large amount of attendees, many of them received lodging outside of Vienna.

Jennifer Bradley, Front Desk at the Holiday Inn in Metropolis, said she had never heard of the run until that weekend, and the hotel was at 90 percent capacity, with most of the guests being runners.

“It was a good thing to learn about,” she said.

Katie Scott, Front Desk Clerk at Fairfield Inn and Suites by Marriott in Paducah, said she also met a lot of interesting people.

She said the hotel had 16 attendees stay with them, and most of them were from Wisconsin. She even met one woman who one a buckle in the race.

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