Triple Crown Rules

This event consists of the Spring Sprint (April 12), the Scholars Run (Aug. 9) and the Reindeer Run (Dec. 7). To be eligible for the Triple Crown cash awards and a special memento, participants must compete in all three races. To be eligible to win door prizes valued at a minimum of $100, participation in two races is required. Both runners and walkers at each event are eligible for great door prizes.

Spring Sprint 5K Road Race

The annual Spring Sprint 5K & 1-Mile Run in Alcoa sponsored by Parks & Recreation and local area sponsors took place on Saturday morning, April 12 in Alcoa with a crowd over 425 participants taking to the road for the race! This race kicked off the series for the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running. A portion of the proceeds benefited Blount County’s Special Olympics program. The Overall Male Winner was Andy Baksa with a time of 16:09, and the Overall Female Winner was Kathy Wolski with a time of 18:27. The Male Masters winner (Ages 40 & over) was Lee Franklin with a time of 17:30, and the Female Masters winner was Jasmine Keller with a time of 20:02. The next race in the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running is the Scholars Run scheduled for August 9 at Maryville College.

Spring Sprint 5K Road Race Overall Placements

2013 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running Results

Beginner & Intermediate/Advanced Running Program

For Ages 18 & up and youth Ages 10 & up are welcome as long as accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course. Participants should dress weather appropriate and bring a water bottle. As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.

Beginner Level: This 10-week training program is structured to help you cross the finish line of your first 5K in 10 weeks at the Scholars Run on August 9th (which is totally optional). This program focuses on beginners, but all levels of walkers and runners are welcome. Along the way, we’ll provide you with motivation to keep you moving, guidance and advice, weekly group training runs or walks, and educational clinics on topics such as proper nutrition, choosing the right gear and avoiding injury. Plus, you’ll have the camaraderie of others just like you.

Intermediate/Advanced Level: This program is designed for graduates of our Beginner program or for those who are able to run 3 miles at a steady pace with limited walking breaks. This 10-week training program is designed to teach you more advanced running techniques and to help you continue on you running journey in a supportive environment. In No Boundaries II, we want to help you beat your previous personal records and set new goals for yourself, while providing guidance, motivation, weekly group training runs, and more advanced educational clinics. We’ll also cover topics designed to help you improve your 5K time such as proper pacing and good form, as well as building on previous topics like nutrition, choosing the right gear and injury prevention.

Dates: Mondays, June 2 – August 4
Time: 7:00-8:00 PM
Location: Pearson Springs Park Pavilion and Maryville Greenway
Cost: $50 for the 10-week session
Each participant receives:
- $5 Discount off Scholars Run 5K entry fee
- Detailed weekly training schedule
- Weekly email with a focus topic and handouts
- Guidance and advice from an experienced coach
- New Balance technical t-shirt
Shahin Hadian, Fleet Feet Sports