Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
Sunday, March 30, 2008

When the gun sounded to start the 2008 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, skies were still inky. But to the delight of all, no rain fell to dampen the spirits of 4800 runners.
Marathoners and half marathoners started together, readied for the long grueling challenge by months of assiduous training.
For minute after minute the huge crowd streamed past, decked out in all manner of apparel, each alone with their thoughts.
They slowly gathered speed and raced off into the darkness to meet their fates on the pathways and byways of Knoxville.
Some two hours later, Stewart Ellington of Runners Market Racing, after stalking the leaders the entire race, drew even, then passed 2007 winner Justin Gillette (left) and two-time runnerup Michael Wardian.
Within moments he pulled away from his stunned compatriots, striding away toward a decisive victory two miles distant. Gillette and Wardian eventually finished second and third overall.
Andee Cranford, who won the 2006 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, was second overall and first Tennessee finisher.
New mom Kathy Wolski continued her amazing comeback with a third place overall finish.

One of KTC's best cheerleaders won a medal of his own in the Cariten Kids Run.

The Soccer Moms look pretty well satisfied with their accomplishments, as well.


Congratulations to all who took part to make the 2008 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, and Cariten Kids Run the best ever. See you next year!!


photos by Michael deLisle
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