Tennessee Sports Medicine  
EXPO 10,000 / 5K
Saturday, May 24, 2003

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It was time to break out the racing flats in Knoxville for the 26th annual Tennessee Sports Medicine EXPO 10,000 / 5K, contested on an absolutely perfect May morning.
Leah Moore and Amanda Tate, two speedy out of towners, were on hand, gunning for the top prize in this year's race.  They ended up second and third, respectively, in the 10,000.
Key race sponsor John Kruzenklaus (center) of Tennessee Sports Medicine rides to the top of the crane with a BOPP photographer and EXPO race director Allan Morgan (right).
Quite a few unfamiliar faces punctuated the front of the starting line.  It was a frighteningly fast field.
Tension mounts as a wheelchair competitor awaits the start.
The huge crowd bursts into motion.

Nearly 1200 runners begin the adventure.

THE 5K

Scott Shoemaker was again the winner of the 5K, this time by a decisive margin of over a minute.
The pride of Lynchburg VA, Greg Johnson, was second overall in the 5K.
David Ingram was second masters finisher.
Paul Bishop of Virginia was fifth overall in the 5K.

The 5K award winners pose for a picture after their triumphant efforts.

The 10,000

The 10,000 was determined in the final half mile, as Sammy Nyamongo pulled away from countryman Daniel Mugo.
James Mutuse was third overall (30:41), holding off a ferocious kick by Knoxvillian Bill Kabasenche, seen here in fifth place.
As Kabasenche rounded the corner, a spectator shouted "Home turf!" and Bill responded with a furious burst, passing Chattanooga speedster Curtis Gadula and nearly catching Mutuse.
Agnes Ngujiri romped to a minute and half victory in the women's race, running 35:39.
Former Oak Ridge resident Leah Moore was second overall, clocking a swift 37:05.
Jeff Christian made his annual pilgrimage from Lenoir City to win the men's grandmasters category in a time of 40:23.
Long time rival Glen Farr was just back a few yards, claiming second grandmasters (40:32).
Ann Felknor celebrated her first EXPO as a masters runner by winning the women's masters championship (42:59).
Tony Borghetti, wearing a vintage singlet from the 1995 Volunteer Tour, took veterans honors (45:08).
Not to be outdone, Royce Sayer proudly wore his 1996 KTC Boston Marathon shirt en route to a runner up finish in the veterans division, running 46:40.
Valerie Bachmann was fourth overall woman.

Mayoral candidate and avid runner Bill Haslam greeted folks at his water stop and after the race.
Team Runners Market was the champion team, barely edging a tough team from Nashville Runner.com by less than a minute.
Bonnie Hinds was decked out in her clown outfit once again to entertain children of all ages, as the 26th EXPO race drew to a close.  KTC cordially invites all to return next year for another terrific race.

photos by Michael deLisle