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Town 5K for ’06 has 210-plus

More than 210 runners and walkers, including 75 Farragut residents, competed in the 10th annual Farragut 5K Run, Fun Walk and Pet Parade Saturday, Sept. 23. Runners and walkers met in the rain at Mayor Bob Leonard Park at 8 a.m.

Many Farragut area residents participated in the event, while others had to travel to get to the race. Runners from Georgia, Ohio, Texas and Alabama came to the local run and walk.

“I think it went really well,” Jonathan Patrick, chairman of the committee, said. “It’s a little rainy on us, which makes it a little difficult, but we had a good turnout. We actually had more than last year in perfect weather.”

Knox County resident Stewart Ellington took first-place in the male overall category with a time of 15:21. Tom Dever claimed second with 17:30 and third went to Ron Manis with 17:56. Dever and Manis are also Knox County residents.

Ellington, who has been racing since 1989, will be participating in the Twin Cities Marathon.

“I’m getting ready to run a marathon next week and I wanted to come out here and try to get a good workout,” he said.

Jasmin Keller took top honors in the female overall category with a time of 18:48. Catherine Wike took second with a time of 21:53 and Elizabeth Corbett took third with 22:37. Keller and Wike are Knox County residents, while Corbett is from Lenoir City.

The rest of the categories were broken down in age from 1-99, with 10 years in between each category.

Farragut’s Faye Eisenacher, 80, participates in the run every year. “I love it. I love the people and Bettye Sisco is great.” said Eisenacher, who has been running for 30 years.

Eisenacher was not the oldest person participating in the run. John Smartt, who finished in 39:55, is 87.

For the first time a group walk was offered where five people could walk for the price of four. Also PetSafe Village was on hand with a dog agility course.

“The pets seemed to love it because they had PetSafe Village there and we handed out a lot of doggie treats for them,” said Bettye Sisco, executive director of Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce.

Volunteer Chiropractic was also on hand to give massages to those feeling a little tense after their run.

Next year the committee will be promoting the group walk — and also a new idea of a team tug of war, while family and friends wait for the runners and walkers to finish.

Not only did the runners and walkers benefit from the run, so did Young Williams Animal Shelter, which received a dollar for every ticket sold as donated from the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce. A total of $210 was donated to the shelter.

“I think it went great,” Sisco said. “We had more than we expected. We had a record number this year, over two hundred. In spite of the weather we did it.

“The mayor [Farragut Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III] was there to start us off, which was great, and Knoxville Track Club did a great job, which they always do.”


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