Autumnfest 8K
Thursday, November 25, 2004

More than 600 runners assembled at Riverside Tavern on a cold overcast morning for the 19th annual running of the Autumnfest 8K.
The Knoxville Police Department was ready and able to lead the runners on the newest version of the Autumnfest course.
With the sounding of the gun, an excited crowd sprinted toward Neyland Drive.
The speedsters headed to the front of the pack.
It took awhile for the large throng to move through the narrow lane.
Some were dressed perfectly for the weather, while many, not accustomed to cold weather racing, were overdressed, like the bearded man in black.
A mere 25:09 elapsed before Dwight Thomas of the Atlanta Track Club emerged victorious.
Alan Horton was thwarted in his bid to claim a third straight Autumnfest title, finishing second.
The swift Elijah Shekinah was third overall, running yet another PR.
Carrie Greenway of Nashville was sixth overall, and first female, running an outstanding 29:24. 
Three-time winner Leah Moore Thomas was runner up this year.
La Follette's Marsha Morton was third.
Grandpa Glen Farr was top grandmasters racer once again.
Glen's granddaughter was on hand cheering loudly.
As always, the First Responders of the Knoxville Fire Department were ready to lend a hand if needed.

Everyone ran well and earned their annual trip to the world of gastric gluttony.
Scores of runners continued to file through the finish chute for a long time after the leaders.
And, as Chief Walter Collins wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving, KTC also hopes everyone has a happy and healthy holiday season.


Photos and layout by Michael "Gimpy" deLisle