Carter Mill Splash 10K
July 14, 2001

Sunny green countryside, crystal blue skies and cool temperatures greeted all the participants at the annual Carter Mill Splash 10K race in East Knox County. 
The crowd milled around before the race, although there was little of the prerace tension that can often characterize a KTC competition.
As the race start approached, participants toed the line and made last minute mental preparation for one of the toughest, yet most beautiful KTC race courses.
As co-race director Ron Fuller fired the starter's pistol, the small but enthusiastic crowd burst into action, a hundred chronometers clicking simultaneously.
The hard charging field takes off up the first of many challenging hills on the 6.2 mile course.  Trailing the field is a swarthy bandit in yellow shorts.  
Just over thirty six minutes later, Chattanoogan Mitch Keebler sailed across the finish line to claim the overall win.  It was another victory for a masters runner, something seen with increasing frequency these days.
Mitch's margin of victory was such that he had time to catch his breath and pose for a photo before runnerup Dennis Miller crossed the line.
Third place overall went to Knoxville's Patrice Carroll, who claimed the women's title, running a fast 37:50.
Alvaro Ayo took 4th overall male, running 38:48, easily winning the 30-34 men's age group.
The female runner-up was LaFollette's Marsha Morton, who covered the 10K course in 39:08.
Right behind Marsha was 21-year old Ashley Tarr, former  high school standout in Knoxville, who went on to run for Wheaton College in Illinois.  She was timed at 39:35.
Webb School coach Warren Heiser continued his comeback by clocking a 40:54, second in the men's 50-54 group.
Coming in at 41:48 and taking 3rd place in the 45-49 group was Jerry Schohl, running his first race in a while.
Grandmasters competition was stiff, as Jim Carter ran a creditable 42:00, but finished 3rd in the 50-54 division.
Theresa Eilermann was sixth overall female, and took top honors in her age group, running 43:22.
Adventure runner Lynn Sims took the masters crown, running a 44:21, and finishing in front of her cheering family, including husband Jeff, who went on to soundly thrash our KTC photographer in a postrace 10K for "fun".
Second place male winner Dennis Miller poses with his awards before rushing off for a taping of Monday Night Football.  Oh wait.. not that Dennis Miller?  Okay, never mind.
A tireless KTC volunteer, Gary Hancock uses his radio skills to great advantage for the club, as well as helping out at many other races.
The splendid waters of Carter Community Pool welcomed runners and volunteers alike after the race.  Other participants munched and milled around before, during and after the awards ceremony, including Terry Stephens (red shirt).
Speaks for itself, doesn't it?
Race directors Ron Fuller (red shorts), and Richard Dodson (KTC t-shirt) compare notes with Steve Redwine after the highly successful event.
And, as the third quarter moon sailed high in the sky over the beautiful East Knox County countryside, everyone headed home to enjoy another delightful summer afternoon in East Tennessee.  See you next year!


photos by Michael deLisle (with the old blurry camera)