This event consists of the Spring Sprint (April 8), the Scholars Run (August 5), and the Reindeer Run (December 3).  To be eligible for the Triple Crown cash awards and a special memento, participants must compete in all three races.  To be eligible to win door prizes valued at a minimum of $100, participation in two races is required. Both runners and walkers at each event are eligible for great door prizes.



This is the first event of the 2017 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running and is a 5K (3.1 miles) road race and 1-mile fun run/walk in Alcoa. A portion of the proceeds benefit Blount County‘s Area 15 Special Olympics.




Saturday, April 8

Springbrook Recreation Center

Check-in: 7:15-8:00 AM

5K Race: 8:30 AM

1-Mile Fun Run/Walk: 8:35 AM


Day of race registration held 7:15 - 8:00 AM



Individuals may register at Parks & Rec. at 316 S. Everett High Rd. in Maryville or online at https://runsignup.com/Race/TN/Alcoa/2017SpringSprint as follows:


Students (17 & under): $20.00 thru 4/3/17

4/4 thru day of race $25.00

Adults: $25.00 thru 3/27/17

3/28-4/3/17 $30.00

4/4 thru day of race $35.00


Fee includes a T-shirt, add $2.00 for XXL


Almost 300 participants came out to run or walk in the 40th annual Scholars Run 5K Run and 1-Mile Fun Walk sponsored by the Foothill Striders, Parks & Recreation and other area sponsors.  The race was held at Maryville College and throughout area streets.  The youngest participant was 2 years old in the 5K and the oldest was 78 years old in the race.  Caroline Haynes, who began the race 40 years ago, was a special guest at the event and was recognized for starting the race in 1976.


The Overall Male Winner in the 5K was Jason McLeod with a time of 16:37, and the Overall Female was Kathy Wolski with a time of 18:59.  The Masters Male Winner (age 40 & over) was Aaron Clark with a time of 19:11, and the Masters Female Winner was Marsha Morton with a time of 23:14.  Awards were given to the top 3 in each age division, as well. This race is the second race in the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running race series sponsored by Parks & Recreation, Brookfield, and Cherokee Millwright & Mechanical.  The final race in the series, which is the Reindeer Run, will be held December 4 in Maryville. For more information or results, call Parks & Rec at 983-9244.


This run, which is the final leg of the Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running, is a 5K (3.1 miles) and a 1-Mile Fun Run/Walk. A portion of the proceeds from this event will go to the Empty Pantry Fund. Awards will be given to the Overall and Masters winners and the top three finishers in each age division. Prizes will also be given to the best male and female Christmas costume. All Fun Run/Walk participants will receive a ribbon. The Triple Crown of Running award ceremony will take place at this event.


The Reindeer Run 5k and 1-Mile Run, sponsored by Parks & Recreation and area sponsors, had over 250 participants on-site who braved the wet conditions on Sunday, December 4 in downtown Maryville.  The rain subsided just in time for the start of the race.  A portion of the proceeds from this race benefit The Empty Pantry Fund.  Several participants dressed in Christmas attire, which added a fun component to the event.  Alan Horton was the Overall Male winner with a time of 16:48 and Kathy Wolski was the Overall Female winner with a time of 19:38.  This was the final event in the 2016 Healthy Blount Triple Crown of Running that is sponsored by Brookfield, Cherokee Millwright and Mechanical, and Parks & Recreation.  The Triple Crown series will begin again in April of 2017 with the Spring Sprint 5K in Alcoa.



For Ages 18 & up and youth Ages 9 & up are welcome as long as accompanied by a parent or guardian who is also enrolled in the course. Participants should dress weather appropriate and bring a water bottle. As always recommended, please consult with your physician before starting any exercise program.


Beginner Level: This 9-week training program is structured to help you cross the finish line of your first 5K at the Scholars Run on August 5th (which is totally optional). This program focuses on beginners, but all levels of walkers and runners are welcome. Along the way, we’ll provide you with motivation to keep you moving, guidance and advice, weekly group training runs or walks, and educational clinics on topics such as proper nutrition, choosing the right gear and avoiding injury. Plus, you’ll have the camaraderie of others just like you.


Intermediate/Advanced Level: This program is designed for graduates of our Beginner program or for those who are able to run 3 miles at a steady pace with limited walking breaks. This 9-week training program is designed to teach you more advanced running techniques and to help you continue on your running journey in a supportive environment. In No Boundaries II, we want to help you beat your previous personal records and set new goals for yourself, while providing guidance, motivation, weekly group training runs, and more advanced educational clinics. We’ll also cover topics designed to help you improve your 5K time such as proper pacing and good form, as well as building on previous topics like nutrition, choosing the right gear and injury prevention.


Mondays, June 5 – July 31


7:00-8:00 PM


Pearson Springs Park Pavilion and Maryville Greenway


$50.00 for the 9-week session

Each participant receives:

  • $5 Discount off entry fee for the Scholars Run 5K
  • Detailed weekly training schedule
  • Weekly email with a focus topic and handouts
  • Guidance and advice from an experienced coach
  • New Balance technical t-shirt
  • Great feeling of accomplishment and team spirit


Shahin & Cheryl Hadian


The Parks and Recreation Commission does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, genetic information or disabling condition in employment opportunities or in the provision of parks and recreation services.