Calhouns Ten-Miler
Saturday, January 28 2006

A strikingly beautiful day greeted the participants in the Knoxville Track Club's annual Calhouns Ten-Miler.
The marina abutting Lenoir City Park was adjacent to Calhouns Restaurant, our generous sponsor once again for this year's event.
In the very early going, Eric Vandervort, as he always does, sprinted to the front, along with EBS teammate Orinthal Striggles.
But this Saturday found a huge contingent of very fast runners lurking just behind the frontrunners.
By the time the racers climbed the first major hill and approached the one-mile mark, Bill Kabasenche was beginning to put a gap on his pursuers.
Immediately behind were Bill's Runners Market teammates Alan Horton and Eric Bell, along with Vandervort and Keith Kimmons (blue shirt).  Both Horton and Kimmons are past winners of this race.
It was an exciting race as viewed through my windshield, the top four blasting off down the rural roads.
Kabasenche continued to pour it on, building a large lead.
By the time he finished, he'd broken his own state record for ten miles, running a very swift 52:19.
Keith Kimmons ran strong to finish second in 53:06, the fourth fastest time in Calhouns history, and faster than his winning time from 2003.
Alan Horton also bettered his time from the year he won this race, clocking a fine 53:30.
Allen Etheridge was the fastest masters runner, turning in a time of 56:08.
Health Shoppe racer Bob Barber (#10) was the best grandmaster, covering the ten miles in a fine 1:07:48.
New Runners Market racer Tere Stouffer continued her winning ways, in the process also breaking the state record for ten miles.  She outdistanced her competition by over seven minutes.
Melissa Dock of Nashville was women's runner-up.
Larry Brede (#24) was far and away the best Clydesdale racer, finishing 26th overall with a time that would have placed him 5th in 2004.
Angie Manis and Bob McLean teamed up for another outstanding effort, compiling the results rapidly and accurately.
As the participants headed back to their homes, two geese were heard to remark, "Did you get a gander at that Kabasenche fella?  He can flat out fly!"

See you next year at Calhouns!

photos and layout by Michael deLisle