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|Calhoun's at the Marina in Lenoir City was the site for the annual Calhoun's Ten-Miler, staged by the Knoxville Track Club.|
|Ron McElhaney was the astute detail man directing the race again this year.|
|Nearby, two ducks were staging a race of their own. Here Mike Mallard has the lead.|
|Framed under the bridge, two hundred runners mill about just before the start.|
|Recently returned to East Tennessee is the Allan family of Kingsport. Mom Molly was about to toe the line to test herself against the best of Knoxville's road racers.|
|A quarter mile into the race, a group of seven runners had quickly separated themselves from the chase pack.|
|Nearing the one-mile mark, Keith Kimmons has taken a lead he would not relinquish.|
|Chasing the lead car toward the crest of a difficult quad-busting downhill were the top four runners in the early going.|
|Kimmons went on to win by three and a half minutes over the challenging ten mile course.|
|Eric VanderVort pulled away in the second half of the race to chase Kimmons toward the finish.|
|His 58:18 earned him second place honors.|
|Masters runner extraordinaire Greg Johnson raced hard and well over the rural back country race course.|
|Nearing the finish, Greg claimed third place overall with a clocking of 59:12.|
|Jerry Dwyer (blue shirt) was overall masters winner, running 1:00:49.|
|Hard charging Garl Sperl was grandmasters champion for the first time at this venue.|
|Lawrence Brede was an easy winner in the Clydesdale category, cruising to a 1:04:14 clocking.|
|A quarter of the way into the race, the top three women were within a stride of one another, as Molly Allen paced just ahead of Marsha Morton and Melanie Cox. Cox would eventually pass and defeat Morton, but neither could catch Allen.|
|Molly Allen went on a thirty two second victory.|
|Morton raced well early, but fell off the pace a bit and finished third, two minutes behind Melanie Cox.|
All morning long the racers battled hills, hogs and hay bale bearing pickup trucks with nary a mishap.
One of the last snowbanks of the season was seen melting in a quiet shady corner of Knox County.
From the top of that mean ol' hill, the view led northeast toward Knoxville and points further on down the road. We'll see y'all on another wonderfully scenic and challenging country road at the Strawberry Plains Half Marathon, the next stop on the KTC Grand Prix.
photos by Michael deLisle