Walk, jog or run into the spring season when you join in on the Spring Sprint 5K that is the first event of the 2019 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running. This 3.1 mile road race actually occurs in Alcoa and a portion of its proceeds go to the Blount County Area 15 Special Olympics. It includes both the 5K and a one mile fun run (walk) for those who wish to participate. The date for the event is Saturday April 13, 2019 and it begins at the Springbrook Recreation Center.
The race follows Alcoa Rd. to Mill St. and then to Springbrook Rd on to East Edison St and then to Vose Rd and crosses the bridge as it loops back around to the Recreation Center as the Start/Finish Line.
The one-mile fun run goes around the full city block at Springbrook Park.
The 5K begins at 8:30 AM with the one-mile Fun Run starting around 45 minutes afterward, at 9:15 AM. It costs $25 to register in advance, and students 17 and under enjoy a $5 discount. Registering after 4/1 increases the cost, and race day registration is $35 for all. The one-mile fun run is $12 to register through 4/8, and $17 after. Register for all three before the Spring Sprint 5K and you can bump $5 off all of your fees.
If you intend to participate in the full 2019 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running, the other events slated include the Scholars Run on August 3, 2019 and the Reindeer Run booked for December 1, 2019.
If you register for all three and participate in the races you are eligible for the Triple Crown’s popular cash prizes, door prizes and other gives. Even if you are unable to participate in all three, you can win prizes by running the Reindeer Run and one of the other two events – and this is true for the 5K registrants as well as those who register in the one-mile fun runs.
Age divisions follow the traditional format, and include groupings of Male: 8 and under, 9-11, 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and over Female: 8 and under, 9-11, 12-15, 16-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75 and over Overall: Male and Female Masters: Male and Female (40 and older).
There will be post-race refreshments for all who participate. Unfortunately, there are no baby strollers, dogs, bicycles or rollerblades allowed at any level of participation. Headsets are not forbidden but are also not recommended as this is an in-town road race.
Sponsored by the Maryville Parks and Recreation Commission, more information regarding this race or the Triple Crown of Running, is available by phoning their office at (865) 983-9244.
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