Hal Canfield Memorial Mile and Five Miler
The fourth annual Hal Canfield Memorial Race will be held at 8:30 am
on Monday, September 2, 2013. The race will take place on Cherokee Boulevard
in beautiful Sequoyah Hills. This promises to be the fastest one mile
race in the Knoxville area throughout the entire year. The start line
will be adjacent to the parking lot at the west end of Cherokee Boulevard.
The point to point course will finish near the middle parking lot on Cherokee,
just past the Indian Mound. With no turns and no turnarounds, this race
course is going to be fast! State records are sure to fall unless of course
there is a strong tailwind. (The tailwind must be within USATF guidelines
in order for the records to be eligible). How many races have you ever
been to with that stipulation? Pretty cool stuff!
For the first time, KTC will be proud to offer a five-mile race in addition
to the mile, in honor of the five-mile loop courses offered by Hal Canfield
in the early days of KTC racing. Details will be forthcoming but due to
staggered start times, it will be possible for runners to compete in both
races. It will be a wonderful way to kick off your Labor Day Holiday.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with Hal, he was one of the founding
fathers of the KTC. In 1962, Hal and seven other track enthusiasts met
at the home of B.E. Sharp to organize a team for track competition in
AAU summer meets in the Southeast. Little did that group know that what
they were forming would become the Knoxville Track Club as you know it
Unfortunately, Hal passed away in 2009. Upon his death, the KTC Board
of Directors created the Harold W. Canfield Memorial Scholarship Fund
with the help and generosity of his daughters, Barbara Karpay and June
Fillingim. The fund now qualifies as an endowment, thanks to the efforts
of the East Tennessee Foundation. Earnings from this endowment will be
used to fund and support an academic scholarship annually, starting this
fall. With Hals Mile now on the event calendar, all proceeds of
the event will be contributed to this endowment to help pay for future
I am honored to be co-directing this race. We chose Cherokee Boulevard
to stage this race primarily because of the history that Hal had with
the area. In the early days, many of the KTCs long distance running
races were run on a five mile loop course on Cherokee Boulevard. This
year-round program of road races was the only one of its kind between
Washington, D.C and New Orleans and preceded other road race activities
in the southeastern United States. Founders and organizers of such clubs
as Atlanta, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Birmingham and Nashville received
their initiation into the sport from participation in Knoxville Track
Club competitions. We feel that Hal will be smiling down on us as we stage
this grand event in his honor on Cherokee Boulevard.
--- Jason Altman, Co-Race Director
Averages: High 84 Low 62.
Early September in East Tennessee is still summer, but the short length
of this race, combined with the shady canopy of trees present along most
of the course and the early starting time, should protect runners from
any adverse effects of the heat.