Runners have two opportunities to race for charities this fall: the Veteran Salute 5K/10K road races Saturday, Nov. 12, and Hot to Trot 5K/10: & Fun Run Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 24.
Farragut Board of Mayor and Aldermen unanimously voted to approve the races at its Thursday, Oct. 27, meeting.
“Part of the proceeds from the (Veterans Salute) run will benefit the United Veterans Council of East Tennessee in support of Wreaths Across America,” Town Tourism manager Karen Tindal said, adding the races are open to the public.
The Veterans Salute races, starting and finishing at Farragut Community Center, 239 Jamestowne Blvd., will begin 7:30 a.m. with the 10K race and continue at 8:15 a.m. with the Fun Run and a 5K, the latter of which has a 9 a.m. start.
“This event will include temporary one-lane closure of Jamestowne Blvd, Kingston Pike, Campbell Station Road and the streets through Village Green subdivision,” Tindal said. “With the exception of the Fun Run, the other two races are a loop; and once runners have passed that area, the road will be re-opened.
“The lane closure on Kingston Pike is for a very short distance — from Russgate to Boring Road,” she said. “The lane closure on Campbell Station Road is from Old Colony Parkway to Jamestowne.
“We hope to encourage the local community to gather at Founders Park and cheer on our runners from the Veteran’s Salute Corridor,” Tindal added, noting awards will be presented to winners in various categories.
For more information, contact Shahin Hadlan of Fleet Feet Knoxville Track Club, 865-850-5022, 865-675-3338 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Cost is $25 per person for the 5K, $25 for the 10K, $35 to sign up for both 5K and 10K and $15 for the 1-Mile Fun Run, Participants can sign up online on Town of Farragut’s website at townoffarragut.org or at https//runsignup.com/Race/Register/?raceld=80658
Fleet Feet Knoxville Running Club will sponsor the annual Hot to Trot 5K/10K and Fun Run, also is open to the public, Thanksgiving Day along portions of Parkside Drive.
“Proceeds from the events will help raise money for A Hand Up For Women and a food drive for Shepard of Hope Food Pantry,” Tindal said.
“There will be some short-term road/lane closures within the affected portion of Parkside Drive,” she added.
“Set up time will begin at 6:30 a.m. and all clean-up will be complete by 10 a.m..”
Hot to Trot “is anticipated to have as many as 1,500 participants. Traffic control from parking areas and along the route itself will be addressed with Knox County (Sheriff’s Office) and City of Knoxville Police staff. EMS personnel from Rural Metro also will be on hand,” Tindal said.
Cost for the 5K/10K is $30 per person now through Sunday, Nov. 20, and $35 per person from Monday, Nov. 21, through Wednesday, Nov. 23.
Registration for the 1-Mile Fun Run is $15 per person through Monday, Nov. 21, and $20 from Tuesday, Nov. 22 to race day.
There will be no race-day registration for either event. To register for Hot to Trot races, visit fleetfeet.com