PERRYSVILLE, OHIO – 17 hours and four minutes. That’s the course record-breaking time it took Nicholas Kopp to run the 100-mile “7th Annual Oil Creek 100” ultra marathon in October.
Kopp, 23 who grew up in Loudonville, Ohio and is a current resident of Seattle, won the race by averaging 10 minutes per mile for the grueling ultra marathon that started in Titusville, Penn. He beat the previous course record for the event by 21 minutes.
“This was my personal best time … I felt really good and ran continually from 5am to around 10pm,” says Kopp, a former Mansfield Plumbing employee. “There were about 150 people in the race and we ran mostly on remote trails through the Allegheny Mountains.”
Kopp credits good training, vitamin-enriched gummy bears and having his parents by his side, with helping him win the ultra marathon. “This was my fifth ‘100 race’ and I was really ready for it,” says Kopp. “I stayed hydrated and ate power gummy bears every half hour. My parents were also there to support me and restock my supply at all the aid stations, which was a tremendous help.”
Kopp, who worked several summers at Mansfield Plumbing while in school, is a legacy employee for the company. His grandfather, uncle and father have all worked for the company over the years. John Kopp, Nicholas’s father, recently celebrated his 27th anniversary with Mansfield Plumbing and works in the Grade and Pack Department as a grader.
“We definitely have family history at Mansfield,” says Kopp. “I grew up around the plant. During high school I ran hurdles, which ignited my passion for running. Then when I turned 20 I started training and running the ultra marathons. My next 100-mile race is the Ouray 100 in Colorado next July. That’s an entirely different kind of race because of the terrain and the altitude. I’ve already started training for that event!”
Mansfield Plumbing precision manufactures millions of pieces of sanitaryware and bathware each year at its facilities in Perrysville and Big Prairie, Ohio and in Henderson, Texas. Founded in 1929, Mansfield Plumbing, which is owned by Corona, is a leading producer of top-quality, high-design, performance plumbing fixtures and fittings for use in residential, commercial and institutional markets. For more information, visit www.mansfieldplumbing.com or call 877-850-3060.