Striders Help Fund the “Bunk House” in Southern Kettle Moraine

  by Dave Finch | August 9, 2017

Tom Bunk Memorial Fund Tom Bunk was a life-time member of the Badgerland Striders, who served the club in many roles over the years. He primarily ran trail ultra-marathons, and was deeply involved with the events held in the Southern Kettle Moraine State Forest. Tom was a mentor to many runners, a good friend who truly cared about those around him. After Tom passed away in September of 2014, discussions were held with the DNR about potential projects that could be done to honor his legacy. A permanent shelter building at the Scuppernong trailhead quickly became the goal. Tom had previously requested that anything done in his name also honor his wife Lorraine, and so the “Bunk House” project was started. The original plan was to have donations raised for the material costs, with the DNR providing the labor. Due to evolving staff levels at the DNR though, the amount needed to be raised grew to encompass the full cost of the shelter. Over the past 2+ years, many individuals and events have contributed to Tom’s fund. The Badgerland Striders have been extremely generous with their support for the project from day one, and recently donated an additional $26,000 to fund the final gap in the budget. With this commitment from the Striders, the DNR is moving forward and plan to start construction this spring when weather allows. They had previously cleared the building site, and had harvested trees to be used as support beams in the shelter. On March 25th, an informal ground-breaking ceremony was held at Scuppernong, attended by Tom’s family and many friends. Everyone is truly grateful for the support shown by the Badgerland Striders, and they look forward to seeing the Bunk House going up this spring! Future updates will follow as construction progresses. Bunk House Trail Runs 50k, 30k, 10k This event was started in 2015, with all proceeds being donated to Tom’s fund for construction of the shelter at Scuppernong; race date this year is May 27th, 2017. Once the Bunk House is complete, we will work with the DNR to identify other trail and maintenance projects in the SKM state forest. See website for complete info and registration: www.bunkhousetrailruns.blogspot.com