New Year's Day 5K
Wednesday, January 1, 2003

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Folks arriving early for the New Year's Day 5K were greeted by a drizzly foggy morn, as the Gay Street Bridge is seen here fading off into the south.
Just minutes before the race commenced, another rain shower announced itself to the already damp crowd.
Race director Eddie Reymond (white T-shirt) talks over last minute details with KTC Executive Director Allan Morgan (yellow slicker).
The gun sounded and over seven hundred running shoes scrambled for traction on the slippery pavement.
Moments later, however, the benevolent race gods sent a lengthy blue hole over the waterfront, and changed the entire atmosphere.
Heartened by the change in the weather, the runners accelerated their pace.
Even the walkers showed a little extra spring in their steps.
Less than seventeen minutes later, Sam Krieg surprised more than a few spectators by blazing across the finish line to claim the victory.
Mister Seventeen Thirty did it again.  Ron Manis ran a strong race to finish third overall.
Former Iowa Hawkeyes defensive back Jay Bachmann was overall masters winner, and was fourth across the line.
Farragut alum Gina Recher was right behind Jay, and laid claim to the women's title, finishing fifth overall.
Terrific triathlete Patrice Carroll was sixth overall, and second woman.
Valerie Bachmann (262) was third overall female, running 19:16.  David Durbin is right behind Val.
A determined Glen Farr was top grandmasters road racer.

When all was said and done, nearly four hundred runners hung around outside in the mild temperatures and enjoyed some surprising January cheer.

It was an unusual morning in many respects, but rather normal in the sense that hundreds of Knoxville Track Club racing enthusiasts assembled once again on the banks of the Tennessee River to both test themselves and reacquaint themselves with the extended family of runners in East Tennessee.  See y'all soon, at the Calhouns ten-Miler on February 1st down at Calhouns in Lenoir City!


photos by Michael deLisle