Scores of runners turned out on August 16 for the 31st-annual Foothill Striders Scholars Run, a 5k run and 1 mile fun run/walk that is the second leg of the Ruby Tuesday Triple Crown of Running. The proceeds from the event, which is held on the Maryville College campus and the surrounding College Hill area, fund two annual scholarships sponsored by the Foothill Striders, Inc.
The run began at 8 a.m. at the Maryville College Physical Plant, and followed a course that took participants once around the campus loop, out onto Court Street, and up and down residential streets including Stanley and Indiana before returning to campus for another pass around the loop.
Athletes competed in 14 age divisions, including an 11 and under group and a 70 and over group. Stewart Ellington took the prize in the Men’s Overall division, Kathy Wolski ranked first in the Women’s Overall division, and Lindsay Holliday was the top-finishing child.
Corporate and school groups were also able to compete, among them the John Sevier Elementary Running Club, led by Becky Prugh and Karen Hibbard.
An awards ceremony was held immediately following the race, with special awards for the top three finishers in each age group and the male and female Overall and Masters (40 and over) groups. All participants received a ribbon, and plaques were awarded to the top corporate and school groups.
In addition to the Foothills Striders and Ruby Tuesday, other sponsors include First Tennessee Bank, CBBC, Maryville-Alcoa-Blount County Parks and Rec, the Blount Memorial Wellness Center at Springbrook, and East Tennessee Heart Consultants, P.C.