In Knoxville, Tennessee on Saturday, April 26, 2008, 200 half marathoners and nearly 75 50k runners lined up at the start line of the Sweet H2O 50k and Half Marathon. This course follows the beautiful rapids of Sweetwater Creek and past Civil War era textile mill ruins. Labeled one of the most challenging 50k races in the Southeast, this year was no exception. With an unforgiving 7:30am start time, temperatures reached the 80s as runners climbed what many of them lovingly refer to as ‘Top of the World,’ a rugged and technical hill that claims to be one of the biggest challenges in this race.
This years winners were Sheridan Ames, a 47 year old Signal Mountain, TN resident who finished in 5:01:44. Sally Brookings,51, from Marietta, GA was the first female at 5:26:23. An honorable mention goes out to Rob Apple from Murfreesborough, TN for completing his 519th ultramarathon that day in 7:06:25.
Lucky runners this year were able to enjoy the company of numerous box turtles along the course that had also appeared to enjoy what turned out to be an exceptional day.
article by: Summer Wesson