Autumnfest 8K
Thursday, November 23, 2006

What better way to start your Turkey Day than  by running along with seven hundred of your closest friends in the annual Autumnfest 8K?
It was a bright sunny day as the golden orb lit up the eastern sky over the Tennessee River.
The adjacent greenway provided a great place to warm up.
Lame duck race director Lea Ann Pool had some last minute instructions for the police department representatives.
Chief Walter Collins was on hand with a new headdress.
A marvelous assemblage of KTC volunteers were on hand to ensure a terrific race.
All was still in the last moments during the National Anthem.
Soon the huge crowd erupted into furious movement as the race began.
With so many runners moving down a narrow lane, it took a while for everyone to stream past.
It was a terrific turnout,the biggest in at least ten years for Autumnfest.
Finally all the runners and walkers were on their way.
The only one who could keep up with Speedy Stu Ellington was his shadow.
He went on to a dominating victory.
Patrick Joyce took second place.
Leah Moore powered home to her fifth Autumnfest victory
Kathy Wolski almost overtook Leah, but had to settle for runner-up.
Distance ace Gennie Barrett rumbled home third.
Lanky Greg Johnson was top masters male.
Marsha Morton, here warming up, went on to take the masters female win.
Sally Evenden claimed first place in the grandmasters female division.
Larry Brede notched a bigtime PR and a huge margin of victory among Clydesdales.
Front packers and back packers alike were all glad to emerge at the far end of the chute.
Unlike some past years, the weather was delightful, suitable for a bit of settin' and waitin'.
Hundreds of runners found themselves wandering around chatting in the bright November sunshine.
The sunny deck outside Riverside Tavern provided a splendid place to relax after the grand event.
The festivities last well into the morning, and all who participated were likely candidates for a return appearance at next year's Autumnfest 8K.

photos by Michael deLisle and Pete Garza
webpage by Michael deLisle