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Saturday, June 18, 2005

Elite athletes return to Fun Fest Crazy 8's Road Race - a true world class event!

This is a "must see" email. Be sure to scroll to the bottom to see the number of world records set right here in Kingsport! 2,055 people registered to run/walk last year! -- Jeff


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Hank Brown, Co-Event Director
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hankelope@hotmail.com
www.crazy8s.org

Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8’s 8K Run
2005 Road Race Plans Unveiled
Emere and Mitei Return To Scene of Thrilling 2001 Finish

6-16-05
Kingsport, TN

In 2001 Alene Emere from Ethiopia looked like he was on his way to breaking Peter Githuka's long-standing 8k world record of 22:02.2, set here in 1996. However, he inexplicably backed off the pace over the final kilometer, setting up the most thrilling, and the most agonizing finish in the celebrated history of the Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8's 8k Run. Sensing that Emere was slowing, Kenya's Enock Mitei seemingly came out of nowhere like a thief on the dark streets to almost steal the race away from Emere. They crossed the balloon arched finish line shoulder to shoulder with Emere breaking the tape just ahead of Mitei, but just 1 second behind Githuka's record. Race organizers announced today that both Emere and Mitei will return to run the candle-lit streets of Kingsport on Saturday night, July 16, and re-enact their battle from 2001.

"It was no doubt the most exciting race we've ever had," said Hank Brown, co-event director and recruiter of the elite athletes. "Alene apologized to me later for not breaking the record, but he got confused and didn't think he had a chance, so he backed off just a little near the end. When I found out that both Emere and Mitei were coming back this year, I was pretty excited."

Emere's miscalculation cost him the Regional Eye Center $10,008 world record bonus, on offer to anyone breaking Githuka's record, and it almost cost him the first place prize check. The Regional Eye Center will once again offer the bonus for any man or woman breaking their respective world records.

"This year I want to break 22 minutes," said Emere in a recent email. "I have been training for this race and feel good."

Emere will come into Crazy 8's in good shape. He finished 6th at the 2004 World Half Marathon Championships in New Delhi, India, leading his Ethiopian team to a silver medal. He recently ran 13:15 for 5000 meters. Mitei has covered 10,000 meters in a very swift 27:43, and the half marathon in 1:00:32. In 2002 he was 9th at the World Cross Country Championships.

Brown also announced the entry of two top American women to the elite field, Ann McGranahan and Nicole Hunt. McGranahan has run 15:45 for 5000m and 26:30 for 8k while Hunt has run 15:52 for 5000m and 33:24 for 10,000m.

The epic clash between Emere and Mitei in 2001 produced the 2nd and 3rd fastest 8k times in the world rankings. That same year, Shadrack Kosgei of Kenya finished just a few steps behind, notching the 5th fastest time ever. Of the top 5 8k times in the world, 4 have been run on the famed figure-8 Crazy 8's course. Of course, Crazy 8's also holds the women's world record, set in 2002 by Asmae Leghzaoui of Morocco with a blazing 24:27.8.

"Crazy 8’s has a reputation as the world’s fastest 8k…" said Brown," and Kingsport is proud of this. We'll continue to recruit the very best we can because the people of Kingsport have come to expect the best."

Even though the elite runners get most of the attention in the sports pages, Crazy 8’s is much more than just a bunch of fast men and women from faraway places. At 6:28pm over 700 kids will hustle around the Johnson Elementary School soccer fields in the HMG Little 8’s Youth Runs. The races range in distance from 100 yards to one mile, and ages from 2 years old to 14 years old. At 8:58pm nearly 500 walkers will set off in full motion in the Cardiovascular Associates 3k Heart Walk, a non-competitive event promoting heart healthy activities. In the evening's finale, over 1000 runners will blast off at 9:58 pm on Eastman Rd. for the Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8’s 8k Run . With 2100 participants, Crazy 8’s is the largest road race in Northeast Tennessee. It will once again take place during Kingsport’s Fun Fest, a weeklong festival of music, fun, and sports related events.

For more information or to register, visit www.crazy8s.org Registration is also available at the Fun Fest Store in the Ft. Henry Mall. Sponsors are Indian Path Medical Center, SunTrust Bank, Holston Medical Group, Cardiovascular Associates, Regional Eye Center, Citadel Broadcasting, YMCA, Culligan, Food City, Kingsport Rental, Domino's Pizza, and Charter Media. Fluid station/Invited Athlete Sponsors are Mather Dentist Office, Mountain Region Family Medicine, Fleming’s Tune-Up, Holston Medical Group, Martin Dentistry, Celebration Church, Dr. Rachel Monderer, and Tele-Optics. Crazy 8's is managed by We Run Events.

All-Time Performances- 8 kilometers Road
World Men
22:02.2 ( 1) Peter Githuka (KEN) 14 Feb 1969 20 Jul 1996 Kingsport TN USA
22:03.4 ( 1) Alene Emere (ETH) 25 Jun 1982 14 Jul 2001 Kingsport TN USA
22:03.9 ( 2) Enock Mitei (KEN) 26 Nov 1980 14 Jul 2001 Kingsport TN USA
22:04 ( 1) Alberto Salazar (OR/USA) 07 Aug 1958 04 Jan 1981 Los Altos CA USA
22:06.0 ( 3) Shadrack Kosgei (KEN) 1984 14 Jul 2001 Kingsport TN USA
22:08 ( 2) David Moorcroft (ENG) 10 Apr 1953 04 Jan 1981 Los Altos CA USA
22:08 ( 1) John Doherty (IRL) 22 Jul 1961 21 May 1989 Agawam MA USA
22:08 + ( 1) Ismael Kirui (KEN) 20 Feb 1975 02 May 1993 Dublin IRL
22:09 ( 1) Josephat Machuka (KEN) 12 Dec 1973 19 Mar 1994 Virginia Beach VA USA
22:10.7 ( 1) Linus Maiyo (KEN) 1982 19 Jul 2003 Kingsport TN USA
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22:14 ( 3) Nick Rose (ENG) 30 Dec 1951 04 Jan 1981 Los Altos CA USA
22:14 ( 4) Thom Hunt (CA/USA) 17 Mar 1958 04 Jan 1981 Los Altos CA USA
22:14.7 ( 4) David Makori (KEN) 06 Nov 1973 14 Jul 2001 Kingsport TN USA
22:15 ( 1) Simon Sawe (KEN) 23 Mar 1969 14 Jun 1997 San Jose CA USA
22:15.5 ( 1) Mebrahtom Keflezighi (CA/USA) 05 May 1975 27 Mar 2004 New York NY USA
22:16.0 ( 1) John Korir (KEN) 15 Dec 1975 18 Jul 2004 Kingsport TX USA
22:17 + ( 1) Simon Rono (KEN) 09 Apr 1972 03 Oct 1999 Attleboro MA USA
22:18 + ( 1) Bruce Bickford (MA/USA) 12 Mar 1957 26 May 1985 Agawam MA USA
22:18 ( 2) Lazarus Nyakeraka (KEN) 22 Nov 1975 14 Jun 1997 San Jose CA USA
22:18 + ( 2) Khalid Khannouchi (NY/MAR) 22 Dec 1971 03 Oct 1999 Attleboro MA USA
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22:19 + ( 1) Joseph Kamau (KEN) 21 Sep 1972 06 Oct 1996 Attleboro MA USA
22:19.0 ( 1) David Makori- 2 06 Nov 1973 17 Jul 1999 Kingsport TN USA

World Women
24:27.8 ( 1) Asmae Leghzaoui (MAR) 30 Aug 1976 13 Jul 2002 Kingsport TN USA
24:36 (1) Deena Kastor 32 years old 3 Apr 2005 Chicago, IL USA 24:38 ( 1) Paula Radcliffe (ENG) 17 Dec 1973 24 Apr 1999 Balmoral SCO

24:43 ( 1) Sonia O'Sullivan- 2 28 Nov 1969 22 Apr 2000 Balmoral SCO
24:45 ( 1) Paula Radcliffe- 2 17 Dec 1973 11 Apr 1998 Balmoral SCO
24:48 ( 1) Liz McColgan (SCO) 24 May 1964 10 May 1992 Washington DC USA

Crazy8s History
Indian Path Medical Center & Suntrust Bank 8K Run
Top All-Time Performances - thru 2004

Males
Year Name Citizen Time
1 1996 Peter Githuka Kenya 22:02.21 World Record
2 2001 Alene Emere Ethiopia 22:03.4
3 2001 Enock Mitei Kenya 22:03.9
4 2001 Shadrack Kosgei Kenya 22:06.0
5 2003 Linus Maiyo Kenya 22:10.6
6 2001 David Makori Kenya 22:14.7
7 2004 John Korir Kenya 22:15.95
8 1999 David Makori Kenya 22:19.0
9 2001 Sammy Ng'eno Kenya 22:22.2
10 2000 Reuben Cheruiyot Kenya 22:24.5
11 1997 Peter Githuka Kenya 22:25.7
12 1999 Joseph Kimani Kenya 22:29.5
13 1999 Philip Kurui Kenya 22:30.7
14 2004 Linus Maiyo Kenya 22:30.45
15 2000 Lazarus Nyakeraka Kenya 22:32.3


Females
Year Name Citizen Time
1 2002 Asmae Leghzaoui Morocco 24:27.81 World Record
2 1999 Margaret Okayo Kenya 25:40.0
3 1999 Jane Omoro Kenya 25:40.6
4 1999 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 25:41.3
5 2001 Irene Kwambai Kenya 25:46.4
6 1999 Teresa Wanjiku Kenya 25:47.6
7 1994 Laura Mykytok Hersey, PA 25:49.4
8 1997 Elana Meyer South Africa 25:51.9
9 1999 Derartu Tulu Ethiopia 26:01.8
10 1998 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 26:01.9
11 2001 Grace Momanyi Kenya 26:02.2
12 2003 Silvia Skvortsova Russia 26:03.1
13 1998 Teresa Wanjiku Kenya 26:03.9
14 2001 Martha Komu Kenya 26:05.8
15 1995 Maria Louisa Servin Mexico 26:05.9


Past 5 Years Winners
Males
2004 John Korir Kenya 22:15.95
2003 Linus Maiyo Kenya 22:10.6
2002 Patrick Nthiwa Kenya 22:37.9
2001 Alene Emere Ethiopia 22:03.4
2000 Reuben Cheruiyot Kenya 22:24.5

Females
2004 Silvia Skvortsova Russia 26:12
2003 Silvia Skvortsova Russia 26:03.1
2002 Asmae Leghzaoui Morocco 24:27.8
2001 Irene Kwambai 25:46.4
2000 Naomi Wangui Kenya 26:21.8


Cardiovascular Associates 3K Heart Walk
Top All-Time Performances - thru 2004
Males
Year Name Citizen Time
1 1996 Ethiel Soto Mexico 13:08.0
2 2004 Ian Whatley Greenville, SC 13:47
3 1998 Tom Flora Kingsport, TN 14:10.0
4 1997 Tom Flora Kingsport, TN 14:15.0
5 1996 Tom Flora Kingsport, TN 14:54.0

Females
Year Name Citizen Time
1 1996 Sally Evenden Knoxville, TN 16:26.0
2 1997 Sally Evenden Knoxville, TN 17:26.0
3 1996 Sami Bailey Indianapolis, IN 18:19.0
4 2002 Rebecca Miller Gray, TN 18:19.0
5 2002 Rosemary Sexton Kingsport, TN 18:22.0

Crazy8s - 3K Walk
Past 5 Years Winners
Males
2004 Ian Whatley Greenville, SC 13:47
2003 Doug Johnson Moganfield, WV 15:34.0
2002 Larry Windes Kingsport, TN 16:46
2001 Larry Windes Kingsport, TN 16:47.0
2000 Bruce Booth Salem, VA 15:08.0

Females
2004 Donna Cope Canton, TN 18:51
2003 Mitzi Everett Kingsport, TN 18:32.0
2002 Rebecca Miller Gray, TN 18:19.0
2001 Rosemary Sexton Kingsport, TN 19:03.0
2000 Rosemary Sexton Kingsport, TN 18:24.0

Participation 8K Run Walk Kids Total
1990 Finishers 624 279 903
1991 Registered 607 332 939
1992 Registered 662 435 1097
1993 Registered 773 391 150 1314
1994 Registered 759 418 279 1456
1995 Registered 826 367 327 1520
1996 Registered 813 397 555 1765
1997 Registered 827 353 533 1713
1998 Registered 928 402 540 1870
1999 Registered 886 404 619 1909
2000 Registered 915 423 670 2008
2001 Registered 946 383 714 2043
2002 Registered 962 476 644 2082
2003 Registered 1048 422 622 2092
2004 Registered 987 460 608 2055
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