New Year's Day 5k
Thursday, January 1, 2009

An exceptionally strong field turned out for the annual Knoxville Track Club's New Year's Day 5k race.
A nippy breeze prior to the race had a few runners overdressed; experienced racers knew better and doffed the pants and heavy layers.
The flat, fast Neyland Drive course always lends itself to fast times and 2009's inaugural 5k was no exception.
It took well under fifteen minutes for Olympian Anthony Famiglietti to scorch the five kilometers, running a blistering 14:38, nearly breaking his own course record.
Former UT distance ace Jeff Day would have won most 5k's with his 15:05.

Stew Ellington's 15:17 wasn't too shabby, either, good enough for third place overall.

Katie Flautie claimed second place overall female with 18:12, fourteen seconds behind Kelsey Armstrong's excellent 17:58.
Grandmasters competitor Jeff Colfer notched a masters win with his 17:32.
Not to be outdone, veterans star Bob Barber topped the grandmasters competition by running 19:19.
New Runners Market team member Doris Windsand-Dausman clocked 21:20 to win female grandmasters honors.
One of the cool things about holiday races is the influx of competitors from out of town, like 38-year old Glen Mays of Little Rock, whose 16:06 probably wins races elsewhere, but here was good for only eighth place overall, due to the depth of talent training and racing in Knoxville these days.

As always, the fine folks at Calhouns offered us a bright, warm staging area for postrace festivities. Hundreds of runners and their families gathered for the ceremony, and a splendid time was had by all.

See you at the next KTC race, the Calhouns (yep, same excellent sponsor) Ten-Miler on January 24, the first race in the 2009 Winter Long Distance Series leading up to the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, Half Marathon, 5k, and Kids Run, held this year during the last weekend of March.


photos, webpage layout, and text by Michael deLisle