New Year's Day 5K
Tuesday, January 1, 2008

A delightful January morning greeted runners for the annual Knoxville Track Club New Year's Day 5K.
Many of KTC's finest were on hand volunteering their time to help register all the runners.
A huge crowd turned out for this year's race, an all-time record for the event.
The Party Boys mobile DJ show was on hand to liven up the festivities.
Comfortable racetime temperatures allowed runners to prepare well for the upcoming competition.
The strains of the National Anthem rang loud and true along the riverside.
The lone wheelchair competitor was first out of the gate.
Then the gun sounded and more than 500 runners hit the streets with their pulses racing and their feet flying.
The front line of competitors included many of Knoxville's fastest runners.
Runners jockeyed for position in the early going.
It look a long time for the big throng to thunder past.
Soon all were on their way for the rendezvous with the five kilometer distance.
Olympic Marathon Trials competitor Alan Horton blazed across the finish line to claim the win.
Bearden standout Andrew Shankles was runner-up.
Allen Etheridge was third overall again this year.
Webb sophomore Amber Zimmerman finished second again, just seconds back of Patricia Smith, who ran so fast both photographers missed her.
Runners Market's Taylor Poling was third overall female.
Eric Vandevort was top male masters.
Jeff Colfer took first place among the grandmasters runners.
Bob Barber (far left) eked out another victory among the veterans division racers.
A few runners might've preferred to hop on the Three Rivers Rambler rather than amble the Three Point One afoot.

A lone Canada goose floats complacently in the chill waters of the Tennessee River as the running community heads home to watch the football Vols defeat Wisconsin.

Hope everyone comes back for next year's New Year's Day 5K! Happy 2008!


Photos by Michael deLisle and Pete Garza

Webpage layout by Michael deLisle