Autumnfest 8K
Thursday, November 28, 2002

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Tennessee Sport Medicine and the Knoxville Track Club presented the annual Autumnfest 8K on Thanksgiving morning on the campus of the University of Tennessee.

Over two hundred people registered on the morning of the race, in spite of the cloudy cold conditions.
The KTC sound system was handled spiffily by the French Connection, Richard and Michael.
Before, during and after the race, KTC apparel was available for purchase.  Here stalwart KTC volunteer Marge McLean staffs the table.
Over six hundred runners milled about just before the start of the great race.
Two former Oak Ridge stars, Kim Roush, who now runs for Western State (Division II national champ in cross country) and Leah Moore, eventual winner of today's race, who now runs for the Atlanta Track Club.
John Krusenklaus of Tennessee Sports Medicine was presenting sponsor.  John has probably treated half the runners in Knoxville at one time or another.
The sound of the gun sent over twelve hundred racing shoes flying into motion.
The narrow road prevented competitors from getting a fast start unless they were at the front of the pack.
But soon everyone was under a full head of steam, with less than five miles to go.
Less than twenty-five minutes later, Alan Horton came steaming back uphill toward the finish line with a good lead.
As he rounded the final turn, he knew the victory was his.
Stewart Ellington finished a strong second.
Third was Kenneth Martin from Georgia.
First place female was Leah Moore, who just happens to keep company with Kenneth Martin.  Here she outkicks Larry Fehnestock from Pennsylvania.
Mary Jo Schmalz (green cap), former Knoxvillian and former winner of this race, was second overall female.
Third place woman was former Farragut runner Maureen McGranaghan.
58-year old Chuck Barton continued his recent string of success with a grandmasters victory.
The ageless Mary Preisel was best female masters.
Larry Brede was tops in the Clydesdale division.  Speculation had it that 15% of today's runners would be Clydesdales before the night was through.
Scott Shoemaker was fourth overall today, running a swift 26:30.
Tomoaki Uchiki was fifth overall.
After the race, many tasty treats were in evidence for the thirsty throng and hungry hordes.
First time race director Lee Ann Pool did a fantastic job.  Now her biggest challenge is living up to it next year!

Though it was cold today, the KTC flowered once again and staged a wonderful race, part of an annual tradition loved by runners throughout East Tennessee.  Please join us next Thanksgiving for Autumnfest!

photos by Michael "Frozen Fingers" deLisle