Tennessee Sports Medicine EXPO 10,000 / 5K
Saturday, May 27, 2006

The site was downtown Knoxville.  The race was the 29th annual Tennessee Sports Medicine EXPO 10,000 and 5K.  The weather, as usual for EXPO, was hot and humid.
Co-race director Lea Ann Pool was her usual ball of fire scurrying around the pre-race site making sure all the ducks were in a row.
Betty Schohl, KTC Executive Director and the other co-director, greeted over a thousand participants at the start of this year's race.
The strains of the national anthem rang proudly through the air...
...sung by KTC President Joe Jackson.
Two staunch wheelchair competitors readied for the start of their race.
The wheelmen reached high speeds on the downhill start.
Then the runners tensed for the gun.
And, in a mad rush, they were off!!!
A fast field was on hand for this year's race.
The big crowd streamed past.
Two Kenyans had the lead at milepost three.
Their speed on the long grade was impressive.
The overall winner was Stephen Kibet, a Kenyan running out of Atlanta.
But Patrick Gildea chased down Jared Segera, who had previously finished 2nd and 3rd in this race, and rolled him out to finish second overall.
Tim "The Bull" Ensign was the second fastest masters competitor, but was unable to lead his CTC team to victory over the Knoxville Track Club's best masters runners.
Jim Loar was the fastest veterans male runner.
Heather Lee (red singlet) was the overall female champion of this year's EXPO.
Patty Pitcher, former UT star, was second overall female.
Former Oak Ridger Leah Moore Thomas was third.
Gennie Barrett was overall masters female titlist.
Mary Preisel was top veterans female.
Three speedy former Lady Vols share a moment after the race.
EXPO is always about families and this year was no exception.
Glad nobody ended up here, victim of EXPO's tenacious heat and humidity.  See you next year at the 30th Anniversary running of the EXPO 10,000!

Photos by Pete Garza and Michael deLisle

Belated webpage by Michael deLisle