COVENANT HEALTH KNOXVILLE MARATHON ANNOUNCES RACE WINNERS, KNOXVILLIAN CLAIMS MEN’S TITLE

March 29, 2015

March 29, 2015

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Jason Altman
Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon
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More than 7,750 runners participated in the race events at the 2015 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, which took place March 28-29 in Knoxville, Tennessee. In its 11th year, the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is the largest competitive road race in East Tennessee.

This year, a Knoxville resident reclaimed the top spot in the men’s full marathon with Ethan Coffey finishing the race in just under 2 hours and 23 minutes. Camille Herron of Oklahoma claimed the women’s title for the second year in a row, with Knoxvillians taking the second- and third-place spots.

“On behalf of Covenant Health, I want to congratulate the winners and all participants for their efforts today,” said Tony Spezia, president and CEO of Covenant Health. “Whether you ran a 5K or walked a half-marathon, completed your first marathon or your 10th, the most important step you took today was one toward a healthier you and therefore a healthier community.”

Knoxville resident Ethan Coffey crosses the finish at the 50-yard line in the University of Tennessee's Neyland Stadium, claiming the top spot in his hometown race and winning the men's full marathon with a time of 2:22:58 in the 2015 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

Knoxville resident Ethan Coffey crosses the finish at the 50-yard line in the University of Tennessee’s Neyland Stadium, claiming the top spot in his hometown race and winning the men’s full marathon with a time of 2:22:58 in the 2015 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

Race officials have verified the results in various categories, and the winners are as follows:

Men’s full marathon:

  1. Ethan Coffey of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:22:58
  2. Joseph Amenya of Grand Prairie, Texas, at 2:26:54
  3. Stewart Ellington of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:41:02

Coffey placed second in the 2014 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon with a time of 2:27:55. Farragut-resident Ellington placed third in the 2014 men’s half-marathon race, won the full marathon in 2008 and 2009 and placed second in the full marathon in 2012.

Women’s full marathon:

  1. Camille Herron of Warr Acres, Oklahoma, at 2:51:28
  2. Rebecca McDowell of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:57:52
  3. Carolina Grunenwald of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 3:01:57

Herron has won the title of the women’s full marathon race for two years in row, finishing the 2014 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon with a time of 2:44:27. In 2012, McDowell earned third place in the women’s full with a time of 3:10:02.

Men’s half marathon:

  1. Patrick Cheptoek of Bowling Green, Kentucky, at 1:10:45
  2. Gavin Coombs of Raleigh, North Carolina, at 1:12:22
  3. Alan Horton of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 1:12:28

Cheptoek won the men’s half marathon in 2014 with a time of 1:09:12 and in 2013 with a time of 1:06:44. Horton placed second in the men’s half marathon in 2011.

Women’s half marathon:

  1. Natasha Yaremczuk of Montverde, Florida, at 1:22:38
  2. Jessica Marlier of Chattanooga, Tennessee, at 1:23:12
  3. Mario Kandie of Bowling Green, Kentucky, at 1:25:30

In the 2014 women’s half-marathon, Kandie took the top spot with a time of 1:19:09, and Marlier finished second at 1:20:50.

Originally from Canada, Yaremczuk placed second in the women’s half marathon at the 2011 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon with a time of 1:23:27 and placed third in the same race in 2009 with a time of 1:25:47.

Men’s 5K:

  1. Zachary Sakacsi of Kodak, Tennessee, at 17:30
  2. Nathan Sia of Morristown, Tennessee, at 19:28
  3. Bill Beecher of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 19:34

Women’s 5K:

  1. Barbara Powers of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 18:59
  2. Emily Jones of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 20:45
  3. Melissa Bennett of Piney Flats, Tennessee, at 21:21

 

Leading the start of the 2015 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, eight handcyclists take off from the start line in the early morning of March 29 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Leading the start of the 2015 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, eight handcyclists take off from the start line in the early morning of March 29 in Knoxville, Tennessee.

The race also included eight handcycle competitors. Winners in the handcyclist category for the full marathon are as follows:

Men’s Handcycle Marathon:

  1. Dan Pilon of Weaverville, North Carolina, at 1:31:17
  2. David Neumer of Kingston, Tennessee, at 1:51:04
  3. Thomas Kahler of Clinton, Tennessee, at 2:29:18

In 2014, Neumer finished first in this category with a time of 1:57:12. Kahler finished the race in 2013 with a time of 2:22:49 and in 2012 with a time of 2:12:00.

Women’s Handcycle Marathon:

  1. Carly Pearson of Knoxville, Tennessee, at 2:37:38
  2. Tammy Landeen of Milton, Florida, at 2:37:38

Pearson competed in 2013 and finished with a time of 2:19:51.

In addition to individual participants, the race also included a two- and four-person marathon relay, as well as the one-mile Covenant Kids Run.

“As the largest health system in East Tennessee, Covenant Health is committed to improving the quality of life in our region through better health, and that’s why we’ve sponsored and supported this event for 11 years and counting,” Spezia added. “I would also like to express my appreciation to the City of Knoxville and to the hundreds of volunteers who worked to make this entire weekend a resounding success.”

For more information, visit www.knoxvillemarathon.com or call 865-684-4294.

About Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a premier event organized by the Knoxville Track Club, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to the encouragement of physical well being through running, jogging, competitive road racing, race-walking, fun runs, cross-country and track and field.

 

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