BlueCross Dogwood Classic 5K
Saturday, April 27, 2007

The Knoxville Track Club was extremely pleased to team up with BlueCross in presenting the Dogwood Classic 5K on April 27th.
Before the sun rose, Jerry Schohl was hard at work entering data into the registration database.
Cheerful Liza Graves and Kristy Altman were on hand to lend assistance.
Veteran finish line director Ron Fuller was in charge of a stalwart crew of volunteers.
Ron's team was as good as they come.
As the first rays of spring sunshine broke through, runners were already warming up on the gravel median that snakes along Cherokee Boulevard.
Soon over five hundred participants were gathered in the eastbound lane of the boulevard awaiting the starter's instructions.
Hands covered hearts as the National Anthem resounded through the morning air.
Then the gun sounded and everyone burst into action.
Tremendous speed was evident as the frontrunners exploded out ahead.
As always at Dogwood, there was outstanding participation in the team competition.
EBS, Health Shoppe and Runners Market all brought talented teams.
The huge throng continued to steam past for quite some time.
The runners were there to test themselves against the hills and flats of the boulevard on a perfect spring morning.
Out on the course, two Olympic Marathon Trials qualifiers covered a lot of ground fast, as Bill Kabasenche's progress was captured on digital camera by Alan Horton on the bicycle.
A few minutes later, Kabasenche bulleted across the finish line to win the race for the fifth time.
Nate Jansen followed Bill about fifteen seconds later to claim second place.
Tim Kelly fought hard to finish third.
Amber Moran of North Carolina raced across the line to outpace all the females in this year's race.
Tere Stouffer battled to a second place overall finish.
Kathy Wolski took third.
Eric Vandervort was the first place masters runner.
Jeff Colfer took grandmasters honors.
The ageless Bob Barber was the fastest veterans division road racer.
Marsha Morton took the masters crown for the females.
Sally Evenden ran the best time among grandmasters women.
Team captain Bobby Holcombe led the Runners Market team to the team title.
Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon race director Jason Altman led Health Shoppe to an upset of EBS, as the Red and Black finished second in the team race.
Proud papa Matt Lawhern was the top finisher for Runners Market Red, who finished third.
Ed Wright ran a strong race, passing Elijah Shekinah at the very end, finishing sixth overall and first finisher for the EBS team, who claimed fourth.
Sarah Kenehan ran 19:14, fourth female, to anchor the winning Runners Market Ladies team.
Malinda Honkus ran well for the third place EBS women's team.
As usual, Tracy Rafferty lent her assistance and support in a big way.
The long and winding road finally led to the finish chute for all the competitors.
Back along the lakeside, a big tent full of food and drinks awaited all participants.
Everyone relaxed and took advantage of the opportunity for fellowship and a few photos.
As always, KTC owes a big thanks to the First Responders from the Knoxville Fire Department.
A surviving azalea bloom salutes the survivors of the annual Dogwood Classic, one of the flagship races on the Knoxville Track Club's annual race calendar.

photos by Pete Garza, Michael deLisle, and Dani Huff

webpage layout and text by Michael deLisle