Knoxville Youth Athletics hosted the Chattanooga Region Elementary and Middle School State Qualifying Race at Jasper Highlands on October 10th, 2015. With record rainfall two weeks prior, and another couple inches of rain the day/night before, the event would prove to be exactly the sort of race that a true cross country aficionado lives for. Mud, wet grass, puddles, and incredible views made up the course.
An enormous crowd of 800+ descended upon the newest properties of the River Bluffs phase on the mountain top, bringing with them 188 runners from 3rd to 8th grade. The Elementary school boys and girls both completed races of one mile (one lap of the course), and the Middle school boys and girls completed races of 2 miles (two laps of the course). The spectator-friendly design of the course allowed for the friends and families of the racers to get to see their competitors at multiple locations throughout the race.
Following the races, everyone was treated to more breathtaking views of the Tennessee River Valley from high atop Pat’s Summit beneath the open air pavilion. Racers and spectators alike were fortunate that the weather cleared just minutes before the start of the first race, and they were graced with clear skies underneath some cloud cover opening up the views down in the valley for miles.
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