Strawberry Plains
Half Marathon/10K
Saturday, February 17, 2007

Gray skies and blowing snow greeted runners for the annual sojourn at Strawberry Plains.
A blazing fast start had the runners almost overtake the lead police car.
Fast 10K runners mingled with the elite half marathoners, making it difficult to determine who was actually leading which race.
But when the dust (and the snowflakes) had settled, it was 39-year old James Beyer from Dayton OH who took the half marathon crown.
Another out-of-state competitor, Brandon Kibert from Barbourville KY, was runnerup.
Eric Vandervort battled his way to a third place overall finish.
Amanda Tate cruised in from Bristol to claim the women's title.
Kathy Wolski made a  late charge to overtake a competitor and take second place.
Emily Schmitt from Milligan College was third female.
Jeff Armstrong from Talbott eased his way through the snow to gain first place Grandmasters.
One of KTC's leading cheerleaders, Jesse deLisle, was on hand to lend encouragement to all the runners.
And a bold and stalwart team of finish line volunteers were ready willing and able to ensure a terrific conclusion to an outstanding KTC event.
Yet, after all was said and done, the horses alongside the race course appeared oblivious to the great efforts of all the runners and volunteers.  In spite of that, we'll all return next year and test ourselves on the grand roads adjacent to the Holston River, as we celebrate the 20th anniversary running of the Strawberry Plains Half Marathon.

photos and webpage layout by Michael deLisle