Volunteer Spirit: A passion for running is what started the big race in Knoxville

Sunday, March 30th, more than 8,000 runners will hit the streets in the 5k, 1/2 or full Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

It hits a milestone of ten years, since the race started back in 2005.

Eddie Reymond watched as the runners crossed the finish line that first year, "With tears in my eyes that year. It was very emotional. Yes, I was at the finish and I was crying."

He didn't run that year, he "ran" it. You see, Eddie actually started the marathon in Knoxville.

"About 12 years ago, I was all pumped up about running marathons. I was really passionate about them. I was in Cincinnati running the Flying Pig Marathon and thought why can't Knoxville have something this big," says Reymond.

The owner of the Health Shoppe, known as the nutrition guru of Knoxville, took his idea to a few others and together they made it happen.

"Some of the Knoxville Track Club leadership said it was crazy. And then another crazy guy Zane Hagy said, I think we can do this! Next thing we know, we have committees and other people excited about it and we got the event started, " adds Reymond.

Their idea took off ten years ago with less than 2000 runners.
Now, the Knoxville Marathon attracts more than 8-thousand!

"Seeing all these people, smiles on their faces coming through the (finish) line excited," makes Eddie happy.

It's a scene he captures every year as one of the hundreds of volunteers that make the Knoxville marathon possible.

"Whenever you have a passion and a vision and you see it happen, you really get excited."

Marathon time is 7:30 am Sunday, March 30th.
Come out to run, volunteer or spectate.

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