Community Projects

From time to time, the opportunity arises for the club and its members to give back to our community via special projects.

Legacy Parks Foundation

Legacy Parks Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization which works to assure that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come. Our mission is to bridge the gap between the services and amenities afforded by government funding and those that allow us to take full advantage of the incredible natural resources of our region.

Knoxville Track & Field Club is proud to support Legacy Parks Foundation. In August 2012, the Marj McClean trail was opened as part of the South Loop of the Urban Wilderness Corridor. The 1,000-acre Knoxville Urban Wilderness Corridor along Knoxville's downtown waterfront contains ten parks, nearly twenty miles, of recreational trails, three civil war forts, historic settlement sites, and diverse ecological features and recreational amenities. The corridor links the existing assets and the future acquired properties into an incredible historical, recreational, cultural, and environmental experience.

Here is a link to the Urban Wilderness South Loop Map:

To contribute to Legacy Parks Foundation, please contact Carol Evans at cevans@legacyparks.org.

Medals4Mettle

Medals4Mettle (M4M) is a non-profit organization that facilitates the gifting of marathon, half marathon, and triathlon finishers' medals. Runners from around the world give their hard earned medals to Medals4Mettle. M4M has a worldwide network of physicians and volunteers then awards these medals attached to a Medals4Mettle ribbon to children and adults fighting debilitating illnesses who might not be able to run a race, but are in a race of their own just to continue to live their life. It is in honor of this mettle and courage in bravely facing these challenges that they are awarded a medal.

The Knoxville area has a local chapter and KTC is teaming up with M4M to gather medals for local patients at East Tennessee Children's Hospital. Medals from triathlons, half marathons, full marathons, or longer distances are accepted.

KTC and the local M4M Chapter will be handing out medals to local patients at East Tennessee Children's Hospital each month! YOU are invited to join us! Bring your medals and we will tour the hospital and meet patients running their own medical races. There is a monthly distribution event and if you are interested then please contact us at knoxvilletrackclub@gmail.com or contact Laura Howard, Knoxville M4M Coordinator, at laura.howard@medals4mettle.org.

Mileage Markers

The KTC's community service in 2010-2011 was highlighted by our provision of funds and labor for placement of greenway mileage markers on Sequoyah/Cherokee Blvd., Third Creek, Neyland Drive and James White Greenways. Former KTC Board member Bob Barber coordinated this project and with a crew of dedicated volunteers provided the manpower to get the job done.

Charity Races

KTC provides finish line, race management, and volunteers for the many charity races that take place in East Tennesse throughout the year for a nominal fee. You can help KTC help the community by volunteering for events that support a cause you believe in.

Trail-Friendly Causes

Generated by the club's Treadin' Trodden Trails Offroad Running Series, KTC has provided substantial donations to trail-friendly causes, including the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club, Legacy Parks Foundation, Friends of Haw Ridge, Ijams Nature Center, The Friends of Panther Creek State Park, and Friends of Norris Dam State Park.