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Farragut 5k

Kayla Matrunick of Knoxville leads a field of about 200 runners north up Watt Road past Mayor Bob Leonard Park during the annual running of the Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Farragut 5k road race Saturday, Oct. 9.- Dan Barile/farragutpress
Among a field of 189 runners, walkers and pet parade participants last Saturday came the first female overall 5k champion in several years plus a pre-teen brothers combination finishing in the top five.

And a man in his 90s finishing.

Such was the setting for the Annual Farragut Fall 5k Run, Fun Walk and Pet Parade, sponsored each year by Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce and held annually in and around Mayor Bob Leonard Park.

The 2010 version took place Saturday morning, Oct. 9.

Though pointing out it was “a busy weekend” in the Farragut area, Chamber president/CEO Bettye Sisco, a Farragut 5k organizer, said the turnout “was great ... it was fun to watch the smiles on everybody’s face.”

“And we couldn’t have been blessed with a more beautiful day.”

Among the male and female age brackets in which 5k champs and top-three finishers were crowned — children to age 14, 15-19 and every decade thereafter — was overall champion Kayla Matrunick of Knoxville (18:03).

Matrunick is the first female overall champ in several years according to Sisco.

Twelve-year-old brothers Kyle and Connor Jacobs of Farragut finished top five in the overall 5k, with Kyle taking third (18:32) and Connor capturing fifth (19:13). “I think that’s absolutely fabulous,” Sisco said.

Senior participant, 91-year-old John Smartt of West Knox County, finished the 5k race.

“He was thrilled to be there,” Sisco said. “Just had a ball doing it.”

Among other top 5k finishers from Farragut was Eric Nicholls, 66, champ in Men’s 60-69.

Pet Parade champs were the McGills: Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill and wife, Marianne, with dog, Maxx.

The field included participants from North Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Alabama.

About 30 volunteers, most of whom are Chamber employees or members, organized and supervised the event.

Total Race Solutions, Knoxville, supervised the race and compiled results. “It went off without a hitch,” Sisco said. “They did a superb job. I thought it was unbelievable how quickly the [results] came in.”

One big change from past events, Sisco said, was switching from white promotional T-shirts to black T-shirts. “Everybody seemed to rave on them, they loved it,” she said. “It went over extremely well.”

More efficient race-day registration “made it easier for those attending, for on-site registration especially,” Sisco said.

On a note of gratitude, “Thanks to all the food businesses that contributed food for the runners,” Sisco said.

Proceeds benefit “Young-Williams Animal Center and continuing education grants, and for operation of our Chamber events,” Sisco said.


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