TELLICO PLAINS-Organizers are preparing
for an annual event, which is a tribute to a late Tellico Plains High
The third annual Tim Kelley Memorial 5K
Run will be held on Friday, March 8 at 6 p.m. The five-kilometer (3.1
mile) out and back course starts at the Tellico Plains High School
Alumni Center and loops back, with the finish line at the baseball
"Tim Kelley was a strong supporter of
Tellico Plains High School athletics," said Organizer Sharon Stone. "I wanted to host a fun, different event for Tellico Plains and it
was only fitting that it be named after Tim. This event has a little
friendly competition and family fun."
The event is normally a "success," said Stone, the sister of Tellico Plains High School Athletic
Director Shawn Yates.
"Our first year, we had around 130
participants and last year we had about 85," she noted.
This year's event has been moved from
the normal Saturday-morning race to a night race.
"We thought moving it to a night race
would bring in more outside racers," said Stone.
Also new this year is the Kids Run,
which will be held at 5:30 p.m. before the main race. The Kids Run
will make one lap around the high school (0.41 miles) and is
non-competitive. All children who run in the Kids Run will receive a
finisher's award and T-shirt.
"Kids will get pizza and a movie in
the Alumni Center during the 5K if they want it," said Stone.
Stone said no one should be discouraged
from participating in the event.
"You don't have to be a runner; Walkers are also welcome!" she said.
There are five different categories for
the 5K: Ages 10-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, and 50 and over. Each of the
age groups are split between men and women. The top three men and
women finishers in all categories will receive a medal.
Pre-registration will continue until
Feb. 20 and is $15 for the Kids Run and $20 for the 5K. After the
pre-registration period ends, the cost will be $20 for the Kids Run
and $25 for the 5K. The entry fee is non-refundable unless the race
"T-shirts are guaranteed to early
registrants and after that, T-shirts are limited and will be given
until we are out," said Stone.
Stone urges all interested in racers to
pre-register by Feb. 20. All participants should arrive at the Alumni
Center between 4:30 and 5:45 p.m. on race day.
Registration forms are available online
or by contacting Tellico Plains High School at 423-253-2530 or Stone
at 423-253-5381. .
Proceeds from the annual event go to
the Tellico Plains High School Alumni Center, a state-of-the-art
weight room that allows present and future Tellico Plains Bears and
Lady Bears to train. The Alumni Center also houses a banquet hall
that showcases memorabilia and can be used for class reunions,
athletic banquets, etc.
For more information on the Tim Kelley
Memorial 5K Run, e-mail Stone at firstname.lastname@example.org.