Tennessee Sports Medicine EXPO 10,000 / 5K
Saturday, May 29, 2004

The clouds still hung low in the sky as over a thousand runners assembled on Church Street for the annual running of the Knoxville Track Club's most illustrious race, the EXPO 10,000 / 5K.
The color guard presented the American Flag for the national anthem.
Tension ran high as the bark of the starter's gun drew nigh.
The wheelchair competitors started moments before the runners.
Their quick pace on the downhill led them swiftly away.
The large throng burst into furious motion upon the report of the pistol.
A very fast field took off on the long downhill start.  Both the 5K and 10K started concurrently.
The Knoxville skyline was in the background, beckoning runners to come explore downtown.
Most ran, some walked.

The long downhill start allowed runners to lengthen their strides early.
Soon the sounds of the pounding feet were lost in the distance.
Awaiting the return of the 5Kers, retiring Executive Director of the KTC and longtime director of EXPO Allan Morgan is alone with his thoughts for a brief moment.


ACTION FROM THE 5K

 

University of Tennessee runner Scott Shoemaker approached the finish line first.
He claimed his third straight EXPO 5K victory.
Ed Wright of Oak Ridge was second.
J Penny of the running Penny family of Telford TN was third.
Tori Jones of Marshall was the fastest female in the 5K race.
Ernie Brooks ran a strong 17:47 to take the masters title.


THE 10K

53-year old Marshall Edwards came down from Kentucky to take the wheelchair crown.
Matthew Porterfield, who has won EXPO several times, was runner-up.
Kenyan Sammy Nyamongo was the repeat winner in the 10,000.
His official time of 30:33 was exactly the same as his winning time last year.
Jared Segera was the second place finisher, 11 seconds back.  Jared won EXPO in 1998 and was 2nd in 2000.
For the fifth time in the last six years, Jasmin Keller was the most fleet of the females.
Johanna Siemon came all the way down from Philadelphia PA to take home the second place money.
Perennial power Marsha Morton was third place woman competitor.
Canadian Karen Beaulieu was the second place masters female.
Betty Schohl was grandmasters female champion.
Oak Ridge's Royce Sayer was the second place veteran runner.

As the finish line comes into view, we're reminded that everyone wins; some just sooner than others...
Thanks, Allan, for your amazingly tireless contributions to this race and all that is the Knoxville Track Club.  Maybe next year you'll don some flats and race EXPO with the rest of us!

 

photos by Gary Sperl