Wears Valley 15K
Sunday, September 16, 2007

A cool and foggy September morning greeted the KTC faithful as they traveled to Townsend for the annual Wears Valley 15K road race.
Race director Pam Parkinson, with able help from Ed Leaver, was ready to lead the KTC volunteer crews in performing at their usual level of excellence.
A stalwart team of finish line experts stood ready to time runners and man the chute.
Bright assemblages of yellow and red dominated the front line at the start.
John Smyth encourages his top runner before the race begins.
KTC President Joe Jackson gave a stirring rendition of the National Anthem.
Hands over their hearts, the runners were alone with their thoughts as race time approached.


Ben Lukowski led the front pack early on.
At seven miles, Lukowski still led, paced by Chad Newton (left) and Stu Ellington (right).
But passing the final water stop, Sammy Nyamongo charged to the front, taking a lead he would not relinquish.
He claimed the crown with what was believed to be the second fastest finishing time in race history, behind only Marty Sonnenfeldt's astonishing 47:00 course record.  In all, five runners eclipsed the 48-minute barrier, making this bar far the fastest and most competitive race at Wears Valley ever.
Lukowski and Newton finished second and third to complete the EBS team sweep.
Taylor Poling continued her amazing string of finishes, taking the women's division with a sub-59 clocking.
Valerie Bachmann was second overall.
Jasmin Keller earned third place in the women's race.
Greg Johnson ran a strong 55:02 to take the male masters crown.
Jeff Colfer was top grandmasters male.
The ageless Bob Barber was easily the fastest in the men's veterans division.
Pregnant Kathy Wolski was the leading masters female in this year's race.
O.J. Striggles teamed up with Nyamongo, Lukowski, and Newton to lead EBS to a convincing team victory in the men's race.
Team Runners Market was second in the men's race and first in the women's race.
Matt Nolen's strong performance, along with Jason Altman's huge PR and Jeff Colfer's great time, accounted for Team Health Shoppe's third place standing.
With the mountains as a backdrop, Angie Manis and Bob McLean had a lovely spot to compute their usual accurate and timely results. 

The postrace festivities were sunny and delightful, lasting well into the morning. 

Please join us next year for the annual running of the Knoxville Track Club's Wears Valley 15K road race.

Photos by Pete Garza and Michael deLisle
Web layout by Michael deLisle