Pilot Fireball Classic 5K
Sunday, July 3, 2005

The Agriculture Campus of the University of Tennessee was a gracious host to the Knoxville Track Club family as we came together for the annual running of the Pilo Fireball Classic.
Hundreds of people milled about in front of the vet school, preparing for the great race.
The ace registration team signed up a plethora of day of race registrants.
Six shooter totin' Felon Wilson was the new sheriff in town, and made sure no cussed varmints got out of hand.
It was a warm evening, but not as hot and humid as some Fireballs have turned out.
Diane Scarbrough (white visor) and Becca Fuller attend the KTC apparel stand.
Gail Anderson (ducking) and Donna Murphy have a huge quantity of bagels ready for the hungry runners postrace treats.
The chips
Old Glory hung high in the sky over the starting line.
A wonderful fireworks show punctuated the National Anthem.
As the starters pistol bursts into the night, Knoxville's fastest lead the charge.
The huge crowd ambulated forward.
A number of people walked the course.
Less than fifteen minutes later, the two Kenyan runners, Sammy Nyamongo and Silah Misoi blasted across the red finish line as the top two runners.
Runners Market's Alan Horton was third overall doing his Richard Nixon impression.  
Bill Orr was veterans champion.
Andy "Bo" Baksa, last year's winner, actually ran 18 seconds faster this year, but was relegated to an age group award while finishing fourth overall.
Lots of folks came decked out in red, white and blue regalia and finished in red, white, blue and sweat.
But the good part was that everybody was a winner, some just finishing sooner than others.
And, as the big crowd cooled off with the help of a myriad of refreshments, everyone agreed that rookie race director Felon Wilson and his able assistants had put together an outstanding race, one that will be again contested on a warm humid night next year.  Come join us!


photos by Pete Garza and Michael deLisle (Pete got most of the good ones)