The Knoxville Track Club Hall of Fame

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The Knoxville Track Club is eminently proud of the group of individuals whose boundless time and energy has contributed to the success of the KTC. In accordance, the club established in 2009 The Knoxville Track Club Hall of Fame to honor those individuals whose efforts were paramount to the creation and growth of our club.

The purpose of the KTC Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor current and former members for their long-term and significant contributions to the club, to recognize distinction in athletic endeavors, and to acknowledge related accomplishments enhancing the image of the club.

The 2014 Knoxville Track Club Hall of Fame Induction Dinner will be Thursday evening, April 10, at 6:30 pm at the Bearden Banquet Hall, 5806 Kingston Pike, Knoxville 37919. To register, click here. Questions about the banquet? Click here or call Bob Barber at 865.408.9539.

For a copy of the selection guidelines or to download a Nomination Form for the Class of 2016, click here.

 

Class of 2016

Over the 50 years of its existence, the Knoxville Track Club has had many members whose superior athletic achievements, club leadership roles, and/or volunteer service helped mold the club into what it is today. Every 30 months the club solicits nominations to recognize a select few from this group for induction into our KTC Hall of Fame. We are proud to announce the following members who were selected as the Class of 2016.

Valerie Bachman – As another UT track standout, Valerie saw tremendous success on those teams, and was recognized with All-America honors three times. Upon her graduation from UT she joined the KTC and has been running with the club for the past 25 years. She dominated the local running scene for a decade, volunteers at races regularly, has been a KTC Grand Prix points champion, and served as a KTC race director.

Bob Barber – A former UT track and cross country standout, Bob came back to running as Master’s runner at the national level in the mid-2000s. He was an age-group National Champion in events including the mile; 3000 meter; 5k; and 2000 meter steeplechase (twice); including setting the American Record in the latter event. Bob’s volunteer efforts with the KTC have been tremendous, including serving on the Board of Directors, gaining approval for and directing the installation of the KTC mileage markers on our area greenways, initiating the KTC Hall of Fame, and coaching kids in our KTC Youth Athletics Program.

Missy Kane Bemiller – Missy’s running career first gained notoriety while she was a middle distance runner at UT, with performances that included a bronze medal at the 1983 Pan Am games and competing for the United States on the 1984 Olympic Team in Los Angeles. Since ending her running career, she has become a fitness icon throughout East Tennessee. She’s served as a coach at UT, for the KTC Youth Program, and at the high school level. Her efforts hosting the PBS television show “Fit and Fun” and serving as the Fitness Coordinator for Covenant Health are tremendous assets to the healthy living of our community.

Bobby Glenn – Another former UT track and cross country athlete, Bobby has been racing with the KTC for 40 years, including an 11 year streak of top-10 finishes at the Expo 10k. On top of his stellar running career, Bobby has been a key volunteer and employee of the KTC for nearly 30 years. He’s served as a Summer Youth Program Site Director, Competitive Team Director, and middle and high school cross country coach. He’s spent years on the Board of Directors, as race director for a variety of races – including the Big South Fork Trail Runs for over 20 years, serves on the Trail Committee, and served two years as the KTC Executive Director.

Mike Marchant – Mike is a KTC key volunteer whose contributions to the club span decades. He served on the Board of Directors for 10 years, including service as the Treasurer, directed the Wears Valley 15k for eight years, and has been recognized as the KTC Volunteer of the Year.

Wendy Williams – Wendy has been an active KTC race participant and volunteer for over 25 years. As a race participant she at one point held close to forty single-age state running records in Tennessee, and still holds 29 of them at various distances. As a volunteer she served in a tremendous amount of jobs at both races and other club functions for years. Besides her work with road races, she served for years as a member of the KTC Track and Field Officials Association helping at both high school and collegiate level track meets.

Kathy Wolski – Though Kathy is originally from Farragut and attended UT, she moved to Atlanta after graduation and didn’t return to the Knoxville running scene until a decade ago. However, she dominated the local road racing scene upon her return. She holds 35 state single-age records at various distances from 5k to the full marathon, qualified for the U.S. Olympic Marathon trials, won the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon in 2009, 2010, and 2011, and is a three time KTC Grand Prix points champion.

John Young – The UT track and cross country athletes keep coming, as John arrived to compete on those teams and is a 6-year letterman at UT (maybe the only one ever). After graduating from UT, John dominated the local running scene, including winning 82 of 101 road races he entered during the six year span from 1990 to 1996. He set numerous stage age records for a variety of distances, and still holds seven of those 20 years later. A five time KTC Grand Prix points champion, he still holds the course records for the Strawberry Plains Half Marathon and Big South Fork Trail Race.

This group of fine KTC members will be inducted to the KTC Hall of Fame during the Induction Banquet in October. Keep alert for notices on the event, and we hope to see you there!

The Selection Committee for this class includes Larry Brede (Chair), Donnie Graham (previous Hall of Fame Inductee), Jasmine Keller (previous Hall of Fame Inductee), Will Skelton (previous Hall of Fame Inductee), Kristy Altman, and Ray Wilson.

Class of 2014

PRESENTING SPONSORS
Eddie's Health Shoppe
ZenEvo Dark Chocolate

2014 CORPORATE TABLE SPONSORS
City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation
Coach O Registration
Cosey Financial Services
Cork & Bottle
Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
Pilot Flying J Travel Centers

2014 CORPORATE CONTRIBUTORS
Curry Copy Center
Joe Shirt
The Trophy Shop
Threds

2014 NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Larry Brede (chairman), Ray Wilson, Donnie Graham, Eddie Reymond, Keith Gemeinhart, Kristy Altman, Bobby Glenn, and Wendy Williams

2014 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER CHAIRMAN
Bob Barber

2014 INDUCTION DINNER PROGRAM AND WEBSITE
Michael deLisle

Class of 2011

PRESENTING SPONSOR
Cosey Financial Services, Inc.

2011 CORPORATE TABLE SPONSORS
City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation
Cork & Bottle
Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
Health Shoppe
Pilot Flying J Travel Centers
Coach O Registration

2011 CORPORATE CONTRIBUTORS
The Trophy Shop
Joe Shirt
Curry Copy Center
Threds

2011 NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Dave Alderman, Paul Barrette, Laurie Gregory, Mike Marchant, Marge McLean, Bob McLean, Allan Morgan, Stanley Underwood

2011 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER CHAIRMAN
Bob Barber

2011 INDUCTION DINNER PROGRAM AND WEBSITE
Michael deLisle

Class of 2009

PRESENTING SPONSOR
Cosey Financial Services, Inc.

2009 CORPORATE TABLE SPONSORS
City of Knoxville Parks and Recreation
Cork & Bottle
Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
Health Shoppe
Pilot Flying J Travel Centers
Coach O Registration

2009 CORPORATE CONTRIBUTORS
The Trophy Shop
Joe Shirt
Curry Copy Center
Threds

2009 NOMINATING COMMITTEE
Dave Alderman, Paul Barrette, Laurie Gregory, Mike Marchant, Marge McLean, Bob McLean, Allan Morgan, Stanley Underwood

2009 HALL OF FAME INDUCTION DINNER CHAIRMAN
Bob Barber

2009 INDUCTION DINNER PROGRAM AND WEBSITE
Michael deLisle