Dogwood Classic 5K
Saturday, May 1, 2004

It's spring on the Dogwood Trails, and the most beautiful trail of them all, Cherokee Boulevard, played host to KTC's annual Dogwood Classic 5K on May 1.
More than 400 runners gathered in the cool early morning hours to participate in one of their favorite races.
The Knoxville Fire Department First Responders were on hand to lend assistance should it prove necessary.
An all-star finish line crew was prepared for anything.
Race directors Patrice and Paul Wolfensberger greeted the throng under the outstretched limbs of a grand oak tree.
Spirits were high as the runners welcomed each other at the starting line.
Powerful muscles were coiled in readiness, and the gun sounded.
Fifteen short minutes later, Scott Crouter charged across the finish line, winning a great duel with Bill Kabasenche.
Bill's 15:07 would've been good enough to win this race in most years.
Erstwhile Chattanoogan Joseph Goetz outkicked Carl Goins for third place overall.
Jasmin Keller claimed another KTC overall title, easily outdistancing her competition.
Marsha Morton was second overall woman.
Greg Johnson claimed overall masters honors again.
Bill Orr was the best veterans division runner on this day.
Betty Schohl was top female grandmaster.
Scott Crouter is interviewed for television after his exciting victory.
And, on the far off shore of Fort Loudoun Lake, a great blue heron takes off in apparent indifference to the grand struggles waged by the runners on Cherokee Boulevard on the first day of May.  See you next year at the Dogwood Classic 5K!


photos and layout by Michael deLisle