March 31, 2001

A cadre of KTC's best volunteers await the onslaught of runners at the River Run 5K held March 31 down on the Tennessee River on a cloudy cool morning.
Though not a fireman by trade, race director Bo Saulsbury put out a few blazes on race day to ensure a quality event for all participants.
Masters speedster Greg Johnson outraced all comers to win another overall victory.  Greg sprinted the last straightaway to claim the title in a time of 15:59.
Runner-up Robby Holcombe dueled with Johnson for most of the race, then had to fight off a late challenge from Patrick Materna to take second place.  Both he and Materna were timed in 16:08.
Fourth place overall was Tri-Cities runner Jim Ailshie, rumored to be a cousin of former KTC man-about-town Jeff "Swoosh" Ailshie.  Jim ran 16:56, a bit faster than Wildman's best times.
Twenty-year old Brandon Gibbs was fifth.  He even manages a smile as he finishes in 17:02.
Knoxville's Jasmin Keller was the top overall female competitor, outrunning all but five of the men.  Here she edges KTC's Tim McCay by a scant one second, running 17:19.
Making a cameo appearance was California Dreamer John Plummer, whose 17:27 was good enough to outrun Javier Gomez (green shorts) and female runner-up Amanda Lynch.
Teen sensation Michael Bennett of Maryville easily won his age group, finishing 13th overall in 17:33.
Another stellar performance from a teenaged competitor was turned in by Connor Covington, 13, who ran 18:20.
The pride of LaFollette, Marsha Morton, blazed six-minute pace the whole way to take 3rd overall female at 18:37.
Female runner-up was Amanda Lynch, who made Jasmin push the whole race.  Amanda, a recent graduate of UTC who now lives in Kingsport, ran a very strong 17:29.
Three fleet fit fifty-plus guys relax together after the race.  They finished almost this close together -- 39, 40, 41.  Jim Carter (right) took overall grandmasters at 19:38, followed by Mike Marchant (106) at 19:41 and Warren Heiser (227) at 19:47.
Three first time road racers had a blast!  From left, Chris Duncan and Hayley Athan, who both run for Karns Middle School, and Kyle Warwick, a ten-year old who competes for Hardin Valley, all set PR's in their race day efforts.
Once again Calhouns proved a gracious host, offering their delightful outside patio for pre-race and post-race festivities.
Three wily veterans pose together after finishing one-two-three in the 70-79 age group.  Not only that, they each finished in the top half of the race.  From left: Chuck Boston (23:29), Bill Kleber (25:37) and Chuck Kern (24:26).
And, as three runners meander eastward along the waterfront, KTCers head home, having enjoyed the River Run 5K once again.  We hope y'all come back next time, y'hear?


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photos by Michael deLisle -- thanks to Angie Manis for use of her FD-73