New Year's Day 5K
January 1, 2004

Nearly five hundred runners assembled on Neyland Drive for the fifth annual New Year's Day 5K on a gorgeous morning in Knoxville.
Race director Eddie Reymond gave some last minute instructions before the race began.
A wonderful rendition of the Star Spangled Banner preceded the beginning of the race.
At the sound of the starter's pistol, almost a thousand feet burst into motion.

A frosty morning gave way to a mild one as the day wore on, but many racers were seen dressed for cold temperatures.

A terrific group of volunteers, who helped race director Eddie Reymond put on a flawless event, pose for a quick photo op while the runners negotiate the flat fast course.

Nearly seventeen minutes later, eventual winner Eric Vandervort burst through a speed trap to take the victory.

Former Farragut High School star Matt Stalker outkicked Tomoaki Uchiki for second place.

Marsha Morton started the year off right by taking the overall female crown.

Kelley Bell Darnell leads Nathan Bright.  Kelley was second overall female, while Nathan was second in the 14-under group.

Greeneville's favorite son, Phil Roberts, took the masters title.

Race shirts from past New Year's Day runs were evident out on the course.

Nine-year old Skyler Winchester continued to impress the crowds with his racing, running a strong 21:15.

As always, we were fortunate to have the wholehearted cooperation of the Knoxville Police Department to stage our race.

Back at Calhouns, an impressive array of awards awaited the lucky 75.

A large crowd ate and drank everything in sight.

Wide smiles were worn throughout the building, but none quite as wide as by Richard and Shirley.

Indeed.  Calhouns has been a longtime generous supporter of many Knoxville Track Club events.  Speaking of which we'll see you at the next KTC race, the Calhouns Ten-Miler on January 31 at Calhouns in Lenoir City.

 

photos by Michael "Quick Draw" deLisle