Participants of the Lake Cumberland Thunder Run enjoy the 14th annual gathering

Continuing the good-natured fun, in case anyone was wondering, the 14th Annual Lake Cumberland Thunder Run in Kentucky did indeed have an official sighting from Stephen Miles. The “superstar” painter behind Stephen Miles Design in Owensboro, Ky., enjoyed racing in his 34-foot MTI catamaran alongside several friends, including Chris and Shelby Mattingly, Chuck and Shannon Stark, and many more.

More than 90 boats took part in the 14th annual Lake Cumberland Thunder Run in Kentucky. Photos by Pete Boden/Shoot 2 Thrill Pix

Seriously, Miles and his better half, Heather, had a great time on their first Thunder Run at State Dock.

“(Thunder Run organizers) Justin Lucas and Dan Wiess have supported the Kuttawa Cannonball Run since its inception,” Miles said. “Jeff Hoefling and Terry Martin (Miles’ other Kuttawa coordinators) have always been involved in supporting the Thunder Run. It was good to finally join them.

To complement the camaraderie among attendees, Miles and nearly 100 other boat owners and their friends and family members were treated to great weather, great ports of call and great entertainment.

“The weather was great and we had a blast as usual,” said Tennessee performance boater Chad Collier, who enjoyed racing with his wife, Heather, in their luxury MTI-V performance center console. 42. “Justin (Lucas) is always so organized and has everything planned for the whole weekend. Lake Cumberland is one of, if not the the cleanest and most beautiful lakes in the Southeast!

“It was the first event for our new (for us) MTI and it went really well,” he added. “We love the new boat. We had Kenny Ray Schomp and his significant other, Cassidy Boyer, with us and we all had a great time. I also got to ride one of the new MTI 390X cats for the first time – my friend Mark Godsey’s Project Mayhemand I was super impressed too. chief photographer Pete Boden says his first trip to beautiful Lake Cumberland won’t be his last.

Texas yachtsman Bill Picot said he and his crew had a great time in his 30-foot Liberator catamaran powered by two Mercury Racing 300R engines.

“The event and the lake itself were great – the race, which I believe was about 105 miles, was awesome,” Picot said. “The only thing that sucked was that there were a lot of logs in the water as the lake was high due to the spring rains. The locals told me that everything is fine in July. I seen on the Lake Cumberland FB page where alot of guys lost lower units etc this weekend because of this.Anyway we would go back next year for sure.

“Loved the boat start at the shotgun pace of the poker race – it was fun,” he continued. “I also loved that the trips between stops were long which allowed us to stretch the boat and roll it hard.”

Hoefling, who lives in Indiana and brought his brand new Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats 39 GTX to the event, said he had fun running the boat, despite damage to the lower units of his transmissions. by debris in the water.

Boats such as Baja Marine, Cigarette Racing Team, DCB, Donzi Marine, Eliminator Boats, Fountain Powerboats, MTI, Midnight Express, Nor-Tech, Outerlimits Offshore Powerboats, Sunsation Boats and many more have participated in the Lake Cumberland Thunder Run.

In addition to this year’s Thunder Run entertainment, another Indiana performance boater, Nick Evans, gave away a 26-foot American offshore catamaran as part of his promotion on the Recovered Money YouTube channel. Owner of a Nor-Tech Hi-Performance Boats 50ft catamaran, Evans announced the winner of the giveaway at Saturday’s awards night and the lucky boater was Brian Belanger of Verona, Ky.

“I would like to thank Justin and Dan for allowing us to do the giveaway on their poker run and thank everyone who helped make this happen,” Evans said.

Lucas said he was glad everyone had fun and were safe.

“Things have been going well overall this year,” said a rather exhausted Lucas. “We had a decent turnout – I think we ended up with 92 boats in total. There was still some debris in the water, but overall it was less than in 2021.”

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