Calhouns Ten-Miler
Saturday, January 27, 2007

As the first rays of the January sun broke over the banks of the Tennessee River, the Knoxville Track Club was ready to stage its 16th annual Calhouns Ten-Miler.
The huge crowd erupted at the sound of the starter's pistol, and the leaders broke away at a lightning pace.
Less than a half mile in, the leaders began to separate themselves from the chase packs.
Approaching the one-mile mark, the chase pack were falling further behind the blistering pace of the leaders.
Stewart Ellington still held the lead at the seven mile marker, but Alan Horton was closing the gap, with 2003 winner Keith Kimmons still in contact.
Late in the race, Horton made a move for which Ellington had no answer.  Alan went on to claim both the victory and a new course record of 52:11.
It took an Olympic Trials qualifer to break the course record set by another Olympic Trials qualifer, as Alan took down Bill Kabasenche's mark.
Ellington didn't give up, and earned second place, finishing in 52:23.
Kimmons, who won the 2003 race, ran two full minutes faster in this year's competition, yet fell victim to the record shattering performance and finished third overall.
Masters sensation Allen Etheridge ran a superb sub-55 time to earn overall Masters honors.
Jeff Colfer (red cap, right) was the top grandmasters male.
Marsha Morton was third overall female in this year's race.  Marsha has won this race at least four times in past years, with several other top three finishes.
It truly is a long and winding road that leads from start to finish...
At last the grateful runner sees those yellow digits beckoning, urging, calling, as the race finally draws to a close.
Please join the KTC next year at Calhouns at the Marina in Lenoir City for another edition of the Calhouns Ten-Miler, first race of the Winter Long Distance Series.

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