|Up and Down and Up and Down and Up and Down and Up and ......|
The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon was my 2013 spring race. The only objective was to finish and check off a new state. It was within 4 hours of the house and in a location, (downtown Knoxville - UT Campus - along the TN River), that I have never spent any time. In addition, the "coolness factor" was really high, as the race finished on the 50 yard line of Neyland Stadium. Back in January it all made perfect sense ........
|Sneak Peak at the Finish Line on the way over to the Start|
|Near the Starting Line|
|Maybe mile 7 or 8 (I'm still upright)|
As I ran down the tunnel and onto the field, the stadium announcer introduced me to the crowd and the jumbo screen focused on my run to the 50. I had originally thought I would run all the way to the end zone, but I was happy to cross midfield and take a knee on the 49! WOW! At 5:09:21 it took over a hour and half longer to finish than Chicago, just 6 months ago. (Now is when you remind me to repeat, "it's about the finish, not the fast, it's about the finish, not the fast, it's about the finish, not the fast")
So another state down and another completely unique adventure. The CHKM is a nice event and the post race food is some of the best. If you go, just know that it will be difficult, especially if hills aren't your thing. It will also provide for some of the more diverse track; major roads, overpasses, bridges, sidewalks, greenways, food courts, stadium turf - they had it all. And yes, of course, it is a scenic run, made more mystical with the dogwood blooms snowing down on you in various points. And if you do go, give me a shout out after it's over, I'd love to hear how it goes, (just don't tell me that I didn't warn you).
|The course for those familiar with Knoxville|