September 11th Memorial 5K
Sunday, September 14, 2003

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As always, the men of the Knoxville Police Department were ready and able to assist the Knoxville Track Club, this time for the annual September 11th Memorial 5K.
Race director Ed Leaver (kneeling lower right) assembled an outstanding group of volunteers to stage this important race.
Stalwart KTC volunteers Greer and Bruce Fox gave more of their time to help sell KTC apparel.
Hundreds of runners milled about awaiting the start of the race.
The Star Spangled Banner rang out clear and strong, sung by a golden-throated representative of the Knoxville Fire Department.
The runners toed their marks.
They burst into furious motion upon the sound of the starter's pistol.
It took quite some time for all the runners to pass the starting line.
The finish line was less than 5K away!
Eric Vandervort was first male finisher.
He was followed by Ed Wright of Oak Ridge, wearing a pair of vintage EXPO shorts from 1993.
Brightly-hued John Plummer, defending champ at this race, was third overall.
Valerie Bachmann was top woman runner.
Kelley Bell Darnell was runner-up.
Sally Evenden was female masters winner.
Bob Cunningham was the fastest male in the veterans division.
Becca Fuller was the leading woman masters competitor.
Scott Adcox was top Clydesdale runner.

For some people, it was the first race.

Other were working their way back from injury.

And for some, it was just a fine day to be out there.  We hope to see everyone out there at the next KTC race, the Wears Valley 15K on Sunday, September 21 in Townsend TN.

 

photos by Michael deLisle