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Rev 3 Race Recap and Running Photo Tour of Knoxville – Weekend part 2

on May 11, 2012

Saturday morning, I woke up and decided to take advantage of the weather by running outside.  I didn’t go out with any goals, just to run and explore Knoxville.  Here are some campus pics I took along the way:

I started in Market Square, in downtown Knoxville.  The square hosted a Farmer’s Market in the morning, filled with vendors selling farm fresh and local produce, meats, cheeses, and baked goods, along with clothing, soaps and art.  I definitely had to come back after the run to really check it out!

There were some really neat sculptures around, as well as stunning sidewalk art.

Women’s Suffrage sculpture

View of Gay Street, one of the main streets filled with restaurants and a theater.

View of the infamous Neyland Stadium from across the river.  University of Tennessee Football is very serious business around here, with 100,000+ people  at every game and fans parking their boats along the river behind the stadium to watch the game on the jumbo tron.

Picture of the Lady Vol’s Boat House (also the start of the Swim for the Rev 3 triathlon)

Random pic along the bridge, you can see another bridge through the hole in the fence, looking through some abandoned metal piping.

Neyland Stadium, from the Front and Side

A statue on campus of the “Volunteer Creed,”  a man holding an eternal flame in one hand, and justice in another

Random chalk, and proof I’m actually the one taking the pics!  See my Kinvaras? 🙂

Laporte Stadium, the track and field

Pretty successful team!  Remember Justin Gatlin?  He ran for Tennessee in the early 2000s before competing in the Olympics, and later attempting to overcome allegations of steroid use.  Anyhoo, more recently it looks like the Women’s Team has been pretty successful!

Hills.  The whole campus is full of them…made for an exhausting but fun run!

World’s Fair Park (Knoxville Hosted the fair in 1982)

 

Fresh Limeade!

Cinco de Mayo begins at Soccer Taco in Market Square, voted Knoxville’s Best Mexican.  And for $6.95 for a vegetable fajita, I was sold on it! Plus, a giant margarita…hey I wasn’t racing the next day!

“Mariache” band – I use the term loosely…

Tennessee Pride.  Even in Walgreens

Triathlon recap!

Now time for details about the Rev 3 Triathlon.  First, I’d have to say this is probably one of the most well-run sporting events I’ve been to.  The expo was easily accessible and well organized, the location was lovely, and it was just a fun atmosphere.  One really neat thing about this race is that there were some pretty big named professionals there.  Now, we’re literally talking world class triathletes, and they were just haaaaanging out like the rest of us!

Professional Triathlete siting:  Matty Ryan, in his role as dad 🙂

Transiti0n area for the professionals, super hardcore pictures!  Men and the Ladies:

  

 Male professional top 2: Greg Bennett and Cameron Dye

Female professional top 2: Kelly Williamson and Lauren Goss

And some local bloggers, meeting for the first time at the finishline:  Check out their race recaps here and here 🙂

Wonderful trip 🙂


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