Knoxville Marathon/Half Marathon/5K
Sunday March 20 2005

The first rays of the sun were just peeking over the low skyline of Knoxville as runners prepared to embark on the first Knoxville Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K and Kids Run, presented by Covenant Health.
As the gun sounded, thousands of runners from 44 states and 12 foreign countries exploded into motion.
Moments later, the gun retorted again, and a furious sprint began the McDonalds Kids' Run.
A third crack of the starter's pistol released nearly 600 5Kers to test themselves on the streets of UT.
The runners would explore the beautiful Hills of Sequoyah, as they traversed Cherokee Boulevard.
They would ascend the difficult two-part climb up Noelton Road leading to the Bluegrass Waterstop at Western Plaza.
Many hundreds of Knoxvillians rose early on Palm Sunday to cheer on the runners.
Next the long distance aces would test themselves on the bucolic splendor of the Third Creek Greenway.
They would climb the short hill at the end of Painter Avenue as they neared Tyson Park.
There were many musicians all over the course entertaining participants and spectators alike.
The marathoners continued on through North and East Knoxville, then across the South Knoxville Bridge, while the half marathoners returned to the stadium.
Charles Kibiwot built a big lead and sped away approaching the 24 mile mark to take the crown.
Michael Wardian of Arlington VA was second overall in the marathon.
Irina Bogacheva made a strong move just before 20, passing one of the elite men, and winning the women's division by ten minutes.
KTC's Eric Vandervort (right) was the top finisher from Tennessee, running 2:40:57 for 8th place overall.
When the day had ended, runners and race organizers alike could look back with pride.
Knoxville runners had a chance to show off the best of Knoxville running...
...the best of East Tennessee's scenic splendor...
...and the city we call home.
Plan on joining the Knoxville Track Club in spring 2006 for the second annual Knoxville Marathon.

photos and layout by Michael deLisle