Race for Excellence 5K
and Kids Road Mile
October 12, 2002

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Smoky was on hand at Toyota of Knoxville as they and Lexus presented the annual Race for Excellence 5K on a very foggy morning in West Knoxville on October 12.
As usual, our trusted friends from the Knoxville Fire Department were on hand to offer any needed medical assistance.
The Knoxville Police Department was also in readiness, as the lead car for the race idles in anticipation.
The looming fog can be seen hovering in the backdrop, as the crowd waits for the gun.
And they're off!
The large crowd begins the fade into the fog, with two octogenarians, John Smartt (long pants) and Walter Collins (red shorts) bringing up the rear echelon.
Eventually the headlights of the lead car, gleaming in the mist like the hungry eyes of a malevolent predator, reappeared in the distance, pursued by several fast young men.
Former Farragut standout Matt Stalker held the early led, and went on to take the title.
Jasmin Keller dominated the women's race, easily outdistancing Maureen Mewitt, another former Lady Vol.  Here Jasmin relaxes with husband Andy, whose 19:13 placed him 2nd in the men's 30-34 age group.

Kids Road Mile

Thanks for participating in this wonderful fund-raiser for KTC Youth Athletics.  Thanks also to Toyota/Lexus and the other fine dealers on Parkside Drive for sponsoring this year's event.  See you next year!


photos by Michael deLisle