New Year's Day 5k
Friday, January 1, 2010

On a crisp and splendid first day of 2010, the Knoxville Track Club presented its annual New Year's Day 5k along the banks of the Tennessee River.
A record turnout was on hand to welcome in the new year.
KTC Managing Director Kristy Altman made sure last minute plans were on track.
Race Director Eddie Reymond greeted the huge throng and made a few prerace remarks.
The tension grew throughout the playing of the National Anthem.
With the explosion of the starter's pistol, more than six hundred runners leaped into action.
The big crowd streamed past.
It seemed to take forever for everyone to get past the camera position.
The frosty morning warmed almost as quickly as the runners themselves.
One man proudly showed off his new race shirt.
Some runners were overdressed, others got it just right.
The pace was quick right from the start.
Toward the back of the pack mixed runners and walkers both.
Trailing the pack but intent on a great workout, everyone was out for a good time.
Finally the back of the pack moved underneath the Henley Street Bridge and out onto the race course.
Less than 5k to go!

Unfortunately, at this point, the camera battery decided to give up the ghost, though it had been fully charged the night before. Time for a new battery!

Darn shame, too, cause to witness Anthony Famiglietti come barreling through the finish chute less than fifteen minutes later was a treat!

Best wishes to the entire running community for a wonderful, healthy, and prosperous 2010.


photos, webpage layout, and text by Michael deLisle