Hal Canfield Memorial Milefest honors life of Knoxville Track Club founder

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – The fourth annual Hal Canfield Memorial Races will start at 8 a.m. on Sept. 5.

The races will take place on Cherokee Boulevard in Sequoyah Hills. The start line for the one-mile race will be close to the Indian Mound, near the parking lot close to the one mile greenway marker.

The course will go out on Cherokee Boulevard, make a wide turn around the fountain, and finish close to the start. The course is record eligible this year, so state records are sure to fall.

There will be seven separate heats, organizers ask participants to stick around and cheer on your fellow runners.

There will be separate races for Masters and Grandmasters males and females, open/elite males and females, 18 and under males and females, and a community mile where you can run or walk with dogs and strollers.

Awards will be given to the top 10 in each race except the community mile fun run. Masters and Grandmasters will be in the same race but will be competing for separate awards.

Canfield was one of the founding fathers of the Knoxville Track Club. In 1962, Hal and seven other track enthusiasts met at the home of B.E. Sharp to organize a team for track competition in AAU summer meets in the Southeast. The group became the Knoxville Track Club.

Canfield passed away in 2009. Upon his death, the KTC Board of Directors created the Harold W. Canfield Memorial Scholarship Fund with the help and generosity of his daughters, Barbara Karpay and June Fillingim.

The fund now qualifies as an endowment, thanks to the efforts of the East Tennessee Foundation. Earnings from this endowment will be used to fund and support an academic scholarship annually, starting this fall. With Hal Mile now on the event calendar, all proceeds of the event will be contributed to this endowment to help pay for future scholarships.

Organizers chose Cherokee Boulevard to stage this race primarily because of the history that Canfield had with the area.

In the early days, many of the KTC’s long distance running races were run on a five mile loop course on Cherokee Boulevard. This year-round program of road races was the only one of its kind between Washington, D.C and New Orleans and preceded other road race activities in the southeastern United States.

Founders and organizers of such clubs as Atlanta, Chattanooga, Huntsville, Birmingham and Nashville received their initiation into the sport from participation in Knoxville Track Club competitions.

Registration and entry fees:
• Through 9/2 and Mail In: $20
• Race Day 9/5: $25

ONLINE REGISTRATION: http://www.ktc.org/RaceCanfieldMile.html

Click here to see race day forecast.

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