Well, not actually running, but boy can we put on a show for the real runners! Last year, our neighborhood won the favorite neighborhood award supporting the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and spent the $300 award (plus another $300 from the Marathon itself) on putting together another great welcome for the runners making their way through our streets. Paula Herston again spearheaded the effort and worked closely with Blaik Ogle and the Rocky Top Multisport Club as well as Provision Health and Performance. Kevin Sprouse hosted a sign making party at PHP, where lots of RTMC members came together to work on the signs.
Paula organized the neighborhood into zones, and lots of folks took up the challenge of coming up with fun themes and activities to distract the runners from laboring up and down our hills. Saxon McDonald, Joanie Stewart and Heather Perry helped distribute 300 flyers through the neighborhood to let folks know of the road closure and events to come. Steve and Chris Thompson, K.O. Herston, Christine Seaworth and Jackson Stoess came out to help with set up on Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning. Casual Pint - Downtown took over set up for the Southgate to Scenic stretch of Cherokee Boulevard, and Knox Brew Tours provided a free DJ. Two members of the Farragut drumline welcomed the runners at the entrance on the boulevard. All this work paid off, not just for the runners but for our neighborhood. It was just announced that Sequoyah Hills again won the “Favorite Neighborhood” contest and the $250 award! Congratulations to Paula Herston and everyone who helped out!
Here are some great photos of all of these efforts.