Twilite Run for the Pumpkins 8K
October 28, 2001

[runners identified only by number will be named as soon as files are transmitted]

Witches, goblins and ghouls galore were soaking up the autumn sunshine as the Knoxville Track Club hosted its annual Twilite Run for the Pumpkins 8K race on October 28.
An extremely quiet starter's gun got hundreds of contestants off to a bit of a tentative start.
A large contingent of KTC volunteers assembled at the finish line to greet the 8K finishers.
Former Farragut High School star and current UT standout Eric Bell ran unchallenged and won easily in a speedy time of 25:30.
Halls grad David Smith cruised in as overall runner-up, his long ponytail flying in the breeze as he finished in a fine time of 28:23.
A strong kick earned third place honors for 21-year old Brandon Gibbs of Harrogate, who was clocked in 28:51, outrunning Eric Vandervort of Clinton by 3 seconds.
Jeff East edges Kevin Morton for fifth place overall.  Jeff was first in men 25-29 at 29:18, while Kevin took top honors in 30-34, running 29:21.
Perennial speedster Patrice Carroll was the overall female winner on this day with a fine time of 29:31.
Last year's winner Bobby Holcombe seemed like he'd had too much fun last night, and eased in ninth place, more than two minutes slower than last year.
Displaying good form, Michael Wortley, a member of the Runners Market racing team was next across the line.  He was tenth overall and 2nd in the male 20-24, clocked at 30:16.
Burke Pendleton rounded the last turn looking smooth as silk, on his way to a 31:00 time, good for 11th overall and 2nd in the men's 30-34 age group..
Grandmasters titlist Warren Heiser continued his recent winning ways, taking the crown with a 31:34 time.
Jay Bachman also ran well, his 31:48 good for first in the men's 40-44 category.
Lots of speedy youngsters made their way down Baum drive to the finish.
Number 210 had a good run on a beautiful day for a road race.
One of the leading female racers was Janet Beeler, who ran 34:31 to top the women's 35-39 age group.
Determination is written on the face of number 276 as he nears the final turn.
Joe Judkins of Oak Ridge was a leading runner in the men's 50-54 category.  He ran 35:14, second in his age group.
Lynnette Greene raced well and finished among the leaders for the women.  She was sixth overall female and tops in the 30-34 age gropu with a time of 35:18.
Top masters competitor Betty Schohl continued her comeback from injury, running a smooth 36:11 to win overall masters honors.
Neck and neck less than a tenth of a mile from the finish line, Kristi Burkhardt and Andy Kronzer prepare for the final challenge.  Both finished in 36:27, Kristi taking second in the women's 30-34 age group.
It might be said that these two competitors ran their tails off in the Pumpkins 8K, but from this angle, it's hard to tell.
It's hard to imagine racing five miles in this getup, but this man did quite well.
Apparently recovering well from his recent efforts at the Chicago Marathon, Al Gassel took it easy en route to a 37:29 8K time.
Looking pretty sprightly in the last quarter mile, Wendy Truesdel placed in her age group.
Looking like he too will soon overtake his dad's racing prowess, Barry Vukoder's son Tyler rounds the final bend toward the finish line and a 5th place finish in 14 and under.  Tyler's 15-year old brother Brett was 19th overall, running an outstanding 31:55 to claim top prize in the 15-19 age group.
Runners upon runner continued to pour through the finish chute in celebration of one of the most beautiful days for road racing in recent memory.
Where are the other 100 Dalmatians?  This youngster was the only one who finished the one mile run.
Tails in place, two female bunnies were among the best costumes of the day.
In keeping with the day's theme, "The Pumpkin" came decked out in Big Orange.
But the finest costume of all was worn by Jack the Dog, whose Hawaiian outfit was most festive.  Thanks to all who participated in the KTC's Twilite Run for the Pumpkins 8K.  Here's to the memories!

photos by Michael deLisle