KNOXVILLE (WATE) – More than 7000 runners, ranging from elite athletes to new runners trekked through the streets of Knoxville for the 11th annual Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.
Despite the cold temperatures, with lows in the 20’s, the marathon, half marathon, 5k and relays started Sunday morning, with a kids run Saturday night.
This year’s male marathon winner is from Oak Ridge. Ethan Coffey finished second in 2014, but came back with a vengeance to take first in this year’s race.
“The last time a local won I think it was 2009 when Stuart Ellington won,” said Coffey. “It’s great to have a local win again.” The Oak Ridge runner said he ran 110 to 120 miles a week to train for the marathon. In May he plans to run a 100 mile race in the Florida Keys.
Camille Herron came in first place for female competitors for the second year in a row. Her dream is to become the first woman to win a marathon in every state. So far she’s won 17 marathons in 11 states. “I’ve got 39 more to go, I got a ways to go, but that’s okay,” said Herron.
Roxanna Reiber traveled to Knoxville from Dayton, Ohio. She has a prosthetic leg, but that didn’t stop her from running the 5k with the help of her sister. “This is my second 5K in five months and I finished it,” said Reiber. “I couldn’t of done this two years ago, it’s a pretty good feeling.”
Fans lined the finish line cheering for runners. Runner Zachary Sale said the crowd helped him push through to the finish line.
“It was people pretty much cheering the whole time, people were outside their houses cheering, people dressed up for us. It was really fun and supportive environment, Knoxville really does it well,” said Sale.