Wears Valley 15k
Sunday, September 13, 2009

A foggy and resplendent morning greeted the faithful as the Knoxville Track Club presented the 33rd annual Wears Valley 15k road race.
Shortly after the pistol shot rang out through the Little River Valley, Team Runners Market's Alan Horton and Bobby Holcombe burst out of the fog into the lead.
Many of the area's best road racers followed in pursuit.
Strong competition was on hand for both the men and the women.
By the top of the first major hill, Alan Horton had gapped everyone. Horton went on to take the crown, his first victory at Wears Valley.
Holcombe held off a strong challenge from collegian Paul Thames to earn second place overall.
Thames, running a strong race throughout, was third.
Emily Mack outran all the female runners to claim the top spot.
Another wonderful morning along Carr Creek Road and the winding hills of Blount County. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it such a terrific race. See y'all next year at Wears Valley!


photos, webpage layout, and text by Michael deLisle