On Wednesday July 3 at 9 p.m., the Knoxville Track Club will host their 15th annual Fireball Classic 5K.
The race is sponsored by Pilot, Shoe Carnival, Dicks Sporting Goods and others.
The race will begin in front of the University of Tennessee Veterinary School on Neyland Drive with the turnaround adjacent to the Vols Football Stadium.
The run goes around the UT campus near the Tennessee River. The Fireball Classic is a unique run that will appeal to casual runners as well as competitive runners. The course will be flat, fast and well-lit.
Knoxville Track Club is a good way to get on your feet for those who like to run.
“My friend Becca runs with them and does stuff like half marathons with them,” said Taylor West, a junior who has run several half marathons.
Knoxville Track Club holds a number of runs and marathons throughout the year.
“I was looking up some shorter races to run before I ran my half marathon in May, and I stumbled upon their website,” said Lindsey McGirl, a senior in psychology who ran a half marathon last year. “They have a whole page devoted to upcoming races in the surrounding areas with their distance and contact information to sign up."
The Fireball Classic 5K, unlike most marathons, is at night.
“I think night races are more fun,” said McGirl, who unfortunately will not be able to make the race this year. “Especially when it is so hot during the day.”
If past races are any indication of what this year’s race will be like, according to Knoxville Track Clubs website, the night will be steamy because of late afternoon thunderstorms with a high of 87 degrees and a low of 66 degrees.
According to their website, Knoxville Track Club began in1962 when eight track enthusiasts met at the home of B.E Sharp, who was the track coach at Fulton High School at the time. KTC celebrated its 50th anniversary back in the spring of 2012.
The club is responsible for a number of marathons in the area, such as the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon held every spring.
The mission of KTC is to encourage lifelong physical well-being through walking and running. With more than 2,100 members, Knoxville Track Club is one of the largest clubs of its kind in the country. KTC is a part of Road Runners Club of America, Knoxville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Knox Area Greenway Coalition.
Knoxville Track Club raises money at their own races and assists a number of local causes, such Knoxville Greenway Coalition, Tennessee School for the Deaf and a year-round Youth Athletics program for East Tennessee children.
The club also trains athletes for regional and national completions.