Race #289 – Knoxville Half Marathon – Knoxville, TN – 03/29/15

0330_KCLO_marathonThis was the 5th year in a row of running with my now 27-year-old grandson Ryan at the Knoxville Half Marathon! Each year it gives us a chance to spend a little time together in something we can both do. I’m not sure how long we can keep going but the more years we can string together, the better I’ll like it. I told him that 25 sounded like a good number (I’d be around 85 then), but only time will tell if that will be a possibility.

Me and Ryan after the race…


This is a big event with more than 8,000 participants combined in the full marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, and 5k (although I’m just including stats for the half marathon since that’s the race I ran). Knoxville is a hilly town and the race seems to include most of those hills so it’s a challenge. Every year so far has been cold, and this one was colder than most. Getting to the start was easy since I was able to park nearby, but after the race I thought I’d freeze to death walking about a mile back to the car from where the race ended in Neyland Stadium.

Hundreds of Hi-Res photos are freely available for download on the Knoxville Track Club Flickr page (see link below).


I was happy to finish the tough course at just over an hour and forty minutes and I decided to go back to the hotel and pick up Linda and check out and then return to the awards ceremony at 11 o’clock in hopes that I placed in the top 3 in my age group. Getting out of the parking lot was easy but every way I turned the roads were blocked because of the race, so after 20 minutes or so of driving around in circles I decided to just return to the race site. It worked out fine because I was able to park right next to the gate where the awards were held and I was able to find Ryan and his friend Laura and we stayed in the warm car until it was time for the awards.


It was a pleasant surprise to learn that not only had I won the 60-64 age group but I also won the Senior Grand Masters award (all runners 60 and over) for the third year in a row!



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My Stats:

Time:  1:40:44 (chip)
Pace:  7:37
Age Group:  1 of  79  (of Senior Grand Masters)
Overall:  123 of  2219
Average Heart Rate: 163
Maximum Heart Race: 172
Age Graded Equivalent Time:  1:19:12  (74.76%)




3 – Chip Timing: (3 points if yes)
2 – Starting Mat: (2 points if yes)
5 – Water Stops: (0)none (2)normal (5)extras [Gu, sports drink, etc.]
1 – Course Marking: (0)bad (1)good
4 – Course Scenery: (0-5) 1=bad and 5=fantastic
1 – Mile Markers: (0)poor or none (1)normal (2)with clocks or time called out
2 – Volunteers: (0)too few (2)good
9 – Finish line: (0-9) 0=bad and 9=spectacular!
2 – Certified Course: (0)no (2) yes
2 – Correct Distance: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Partly or fully on unpaved roads: (0)yes (1)no

2 – Cost: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
0 – Race Day Registration: (0)no (3)yes

2 – Posted promptly online: (0)no (2)yes
1 – Clear link on website: (0)no (1)yes

2 – 3 deep awards: (2)yes (0 for anything less)
5 – 5-year age groups (5 points) (0 for anything less)
1 – 14 and under group (1)
1 – 65+ group (1)
1 – 70+ group (1)
2 – Top Overall M/F: (0)none or first only (2)top 3 or better
2 – Masters Category(40+): (0)no (2)yes
3 – Grand Masters Category (50+): (0)no (3)yes
5 – Senior Grand Masters Category: (0)no (5)yes

2 – Overall Winner Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
2 – Age Group Awards: (0)none (2)yes (5)excellent
0 – Door Prizes or Drawing: (0)no (2)yes (5-9)fabulous door prizes!
5 – Finisher Medals for All Finishers: (0)no (3)yes (5)really cool medals

8 – Food for Race Participants: (0-10 with 5 being average)
8 – Entertainment: (0)no (1-9)yes  (20+ bands along route)
2 – Finisher times posted after race: (0)no (2)yes (*eventually)

2 – Porta Potties: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful
2 – Indoor Restrooms: (0)no (1)limited, long lines (2)plentiful

2 – T-Shirts: (0)no (2)yes
2 – Design: (0)not good (1)not bad (2)nice (5)beautiful!
2 – Material: (0)cotton (2)technical fabric
0 – Discount for no-shirt option: (0)no (2)yes

5 – Professional Photography: (0)no (5)yes
5 – Prices: (0)expensive (2)reasonable (5)cheap!
5 – Free Photographs (newspaper, etc.): (0)no (2)yes (5)lots of free pics!

2 – Close to Start: (2)yes (0)no
0 – Close to Finish: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Plenty of spaces: (2)yes (0)no
2 – Free Parking: (2)yes (0)no

2 – Shelter from Inclement Weather (needed or not): (0)no (2)yes
0 – Swag (free socks, water bottles, etc.): (0)no (2)yes, some (5)excellent
0 – Part of race series or Grand Prix: (0)no (2)yes
2 – Kids Fun Run: (0)no (2)yes
x – Miscellaneous not covered above: (-10 to +10)

TOTAL:  121

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2 Replies to “Race #289 – Knoxville Half Marathon – Knoxville, TN – 03/29/15”

    1. Thanks Ron… So how did your ultra go?? I’ve got a couple more half marathons over the next 3 weeks scheduled, so that’ll be 5 in 7 weeks. Not positive I’ll get that last one in… gotta see how I feel.

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