Midsummer Night's 4-Mile Challenge
Saturday, July 20, 2002

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The evening was warm and colorful as KTC's finest met at the Mill House Restaurant in Walland, Tennessee for the Midsummer Night's Four-Mile Challenge.
The race is held at one of the most beautiful venues for road racing in East Tennessee, along the Little River just outside the Great Smoky Mountains.
The sounds of the Star Spangled Banner echoed through the trees and hilltops adjacent to the staging area.
Orange-clad Terry Hall burst from the pack and charged down the hill as the race began.
The crowd quickly streamed down River Road towards its rendezvous with the hills ahead.
Burke Pendleton ran strong throughout to claim his first victory in a KTC race.
Tie-Dye Warrior John Plummer was runner-up.
Melanie Cox was first female overall.
Ann Felknor had her best finish of the year as she was second overall woman.
Despite her reluctance to be photographed, race director Cindy Messler did a bang-up job.

As usual, we had terrific cooperation from the Blount County Sheriff's Department, who had some challenges controlling abundant vehicular traffic.

This fellow was friendly and cooperative, but not all Blount Countians were equally genial.
This blue-eyed beauty was the best looking girl at the race....
...while this old codger served up enough cold brews to ease the pains and travails of every racer and spectator.
There was food galore (although missing in action were the usual icy-cold soft drinks) and the folks at the Mill House did themselves proud as usual.
And, as the waxing moon rose languidly into the summer sky, the sun set on another successful season of Knoxville Track Club road racing.  See you next year -- actually in about seven weeks for the inaugural running of the September 11, 2001 Memorial 5K in Knoxville.

photos by Michael deLisle