Community Notes for Jan. 1, 2009

SMRC adds rowing coach to crew

Sarah Arms recently joined Smoky Mountain Rowing Club (SMRC) as assistant coach. Sara also acts as assistant coach for SMRC’s junior program and Maryville Crew, the only female high school crew in Blount County.

Arms has extensive rowing experience at both the high school level and Division I collegiate. In 2003, Sarah was recruited to row for the Lady Volunteers at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and participated in the NCAA Championships from 2003-2007.

During the championships, she rowed in the winning varsity boat that earned two out of the three top-10 finishes in Lady Vol history. Sarah began rowing for the Orlando Area Rowing Society in Florida, where she earned three letters in rowing and served as team captain her senior year.

SMRC, a member of US Rowing, was founded by Roger Hubbard in 2004 to offer a unique rowing experience to individuals and the community on Ft. Loudoun Lake.

The club offers recreational and competitive adult crews for members of all ages with a focus on developing good rowing technique in conjunction with general fitness, strength and fun. In August 2006, SMRC started a juniors program and continues to expand its rowing programs for adults and youth.

For more information about SMRC, visit ,or contact coach Adam Stoermer via phone at 865-256-CREW (2739) or e-mail at

Camille Crumpton and Rett Coode receive Foothills Striders’ Scholarship Awards

Two local high school graduates are enrolled in college this year with the help of scholarship awards from the Foothill Striders club. Camille Crumpton and Rett Coode were selected from a highly qualified pool of applicants for the awards. Each received a $2,000 scholarship from the club to assist with their higher education expenses.

Crumpton is a graduate of Maryville High School and is a freshman at the University of Tennessee Knoxville. She was a “straight-A” student in high school and played the harp in the orchestra. Crumpton began running in order to get in shape for soccer, but wound up competing in track, cross-country and local road races. She was also a member of the student council throughout her high school career, and has been active in various church and community activities.

Coode is also a graduate of Maryville High School and attends UT. He graduated in the top 25 percentile of his class. Coode has competed in events ranging from 800 meters to half-marathons. He qualified for the state 5 kilometer championships in 2006 and 2007, and was the 2007 Blount County cross-country champion. He has been described as a “well-rounded individual,” and a “good role model for other students.”

Since 1987, the Foothill Striders club has awarded nearly $40,000 in scholarships to high school runners residing in Blount County. Application forms are available each February through the local high schools. The club raises the money for the awards through its annual “Scholars Run” road race, held each August at the Maryville College campus.

For more information please contact John Jagger, Foothill Striders Scholarship Chairman, 865-654-9882.

Two locals pedal from Maryville to South Carolina coast

Local bicycle enthusiasts, Greg Rowe and Mark Kenner, recently completed a bicycle ride that began in Maryville, Tennessee and ended in Isle of Palms, South Carolina. The journey, which covered 440 miles, began on Monday, Sept. 8, 2008 and completed on Friday, Sept. 12, 2008. Pedaling an average of 88 miles per day, the duo completed the trek in five days.

“The first day of our ride took us through the “Tail of the Dragon” on Highway 129 to Franklin, North Carolina. The second day, we crossed the Chattooga River and stopped in Anderson, South Carolina. The third day, we made it to Newberry, South Carolina. The fourth day of our ride took us to Orangeburg, South Carolina. On the fifth day, we rode 100 miles to our final destination of Isle of Palms, South Carolina,” recounted Kenner.

“The most unexpected thing we encountered was how curious people were about our journey. Along the way, people looked at us like we were from another planet. They had never thought of bicycling such a long distance,” said Greg Rowe, co-owner of Cycology Bicycles and Little River Trading Company in Maryville.

“Besides the physical exertion of pedaling 90 miles per day, a lot of planning is involved. If we ever do it again, we’ll be more diligent in scouting our stops. We had our families looking up motels online for us as we rode to our next destination. It was both unnerving and exciting changing our course midway through the ride to reach our lodgings.”

When asked what the greatest reward from the journey was, Rowe said, “The last day was the best. We had this boost of energy when we saw the end in sight. It’s just so empowering knowing you can do it. Having done this, it makes daily challenges small in comparison.”

For more information, please contact Greg Rowe, 865-681-4141.

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