Knoxville Marathon 2013

Knoxville Marathon Start, April 2013

Knoxville Marathon Start, April 2013

It’s hard to know at the end of this week whether I should continue recounting last weekend or move the focus to the upcoming weekend. I’ll go with last weekend, but I must mention that this weekend is likely the biggest of the Dogwood Arts Festival, with the Arts and Crafts Festival on Market Square and throughout Krutch Park. The artisan works are phenomenal and the food tent, in which chefs prepare dishes with wine pairings, is one of my favorite single events of the year.

Mayor Rogero, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Mayor Rogero, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

American Flag on Clinch Avenue, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

American Flag on Clinch Avenue, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Arm Cyclists, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Arm Cyclists, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Still, I must give a nod to last weekend’s Knoxville Marathon which drew several thousand people. The race has grown to include a 5K, Half-Marathon, Marathon and Marathon Relay. Urban Son-in-Law backed off to the half-marathon this year and many Urban Friends ran various other races. I think one reason for the massive crowds last weekend was the marathon, as a number of people came in from out of town or simply stayed downtown to enjoy the other events going on.

Health and Fitness Expo, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Health and Fitness Expo, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Health and Fitness Expo, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Health and Fitness Expo, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Arm Cyclists2, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Arm Cyclists, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Arm Cyclists3, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Arm Cyclists, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

I love the fact that a fitness-based event has become so big in the city. It also works beautifully to have so many great activities downtown to greet any out-of-town visitors. There is no way someone visited the city last weekend, encountered the beautiful weather, pianos on the square, Chalk Walk, First Friday, Rhythm and Blooms and came away with anything other than a very positive impression of what is happening here. They also spent time and money in the Health and Fitness Expo on Saturday.

Knoxville Marathon Start, April 2013

Knoxville Marathon Start, April 2013

Knoxville Marathon Start, April 2013

Knoxville Marathon Start, April 2013

Knoxville Marathon Runner, April 2013

Knoxville Marathon Runner, April 2013

Knoxville Marathon Start, April 2013

Knoxville Marathon Start, April 2013

The starting line and staging area always attract me. Nerves jangle about at every turn, runners giddy with excitement warm up maybe a bit too much. Proud families wish their loved ones well. The mayor spoke at this year’s opening and the national anthem makes any sporting fan’s blood reach a quick boil of anticipation. Some are there to win, others to have fun and others simply to finish. Music pounds from a PA system as it will throughout the race as live bands play for the runners.

Entertainment on Market Square, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Entertainment on Market Square, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

John D. Cable and the Empty Bottle Band, Clinch and Locust, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

John D. Cable and the Empty Bottle Band, Clinch and Locust, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

I photographed eventual winner Wojciech Kopec (2:22:15) as he left the start line (red jersey above, number 2), but missed him at the twenty-five mile mark. I did catch Edward Tabut passing the UT Conference Center, heading into the final stretch. He was about three minutes behind first place. He also nearly left the course by not turning onto Locust, but a policeman yelled, pointed and Edward corrected his course.

Second Place Runner (No. 4), Mile Tweny-five, Knoxville Marathon 2013

Second Place Runner (No. 4), Edward Tabut, Mile Tweny-five, Knoxville Marathon 2013

Third Place Runner, Mile Twenty-four, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Third Place Runner, Bryan Morseman, Mile Twenty-four, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Fourth Place Runner, Mile Twenty-Three, Knoxville Marathon 2013

Fourth Place Runner, Stewart Ellington, Mile Twenty-Three, Knoxville Marathon 2013

Fifth Place Runner, Mile Twenty-four, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Fifth Place Runner, Abraham Kogo, Mile Twenty-four, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

About four minutes behind him was Bryan Moresman in third and I really felt for the next two guys as I photographed them leaving Market Square. They ran within steps of each other around the twenty-four mile mark and clearly, they would battle to the finish line. In the end, while Stewart Ellington (No. 6) lead by a few yards at that point, Abraham Kogo (No. 3) would pass him in the end to win fourth place. Two seconds separated them at the finish line. You can find complete results here.

Half-Marathon Medal, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Half-Marathon Medal, Knoxville Marathon, April 2013

Others would pass through downtown on into the afternoon. In fact, Urban Son-in-Law spotted a couple going through around 4:00, well after the official times have stopped. It reminds me of Cake’s awesome song, “The Distance.” All that matters at that point is finishing. And whether anyone else knows or acknowledges the fact, you know. It has to feel good. I never made it to the complete marathon and I admire those who do.

City People Downtown Tour of Homes: Ryan’s Row and Sterchi Lofts

Ryan’s Row, W. Vine Avenue, Knoxville

Ryan’s Row sits atop the bluff on the north end of the center city. Construction started in anticipation of the potential windfall of the World’s Fair in 1982. The developer was unable to finish the project and the site languished until 1987 when Kristopher Kendrick purchased the property and finished the units.

Ryan’s Row, Downtown Knoxville

 

Ryan’s Row, Downtown Knoxville

 

View from the back of Ryan’s Row, W. Vine, Knoxville



Two car garages on the backside of Ryan’s Row, Knoxville

They are unique for downtown in several respects. Because of the drop-off behind the units, they are much bigger than is obvious from the front. The front does, however, offer direct entry into each unit, something that isn’t common in the center city. They also have a rarity for downtown: two car garages hidden on the backside of the building. The bluff also offers a long-view toward Sharp’s Ridge and a shorter-range view of the rail yards.


Kitchen in Ryan’s Row, W. Vine Avenue, Knoxville

 

View from the kitchen, Ryan’s Row, Knoxville

 

Living Room, Ryan’s Row, W. Vine, Knoxville


The finish on the inside doesn’t seem that different from a building of their age (about twenty-five years) in any other part of town. After so many years, the units are likely significantly different from each other in updating and quality of finishes. The unit made available to the City People Tour was updated throughout. What they give up in personality to the older buildings downtown, they counter with a crisper, newer appearance. Another bonus is the large size. This unit had to be at least 2000 square foot, which is very large for downtown

Dining Room/Living Space, Sterchi Lofts, 100 Block, Knoxville



View to the north from Sterchi Lofts, 100 Block, Knoxville

Another stop on the tour was the Sterchi Lofts. I don’t believe I’d ever toured them, though I had seen one unit thanks to a friendly guy who was moving in while I dined at the old location of Nama several years ago. They are much more industrial in appearance, with exposed pipes and wiring and sliding metal doors. The view from the unit I toured was mostly of the rail yard and a sliver of the 100 block.

Utilitarian bathroom, Sterchi Lofts, 100 Block, Knoxville

 

Bedroom, Sterchi Lofts, 100 Block of Gay Street, Knoxville

The units are available for lease and are not sold, if I understand correctly. Prices are not that far above rent in other parts of the city, with a studio apartment going for $750 per month on up to a four bedroom unit available for $1600 to $2000. I’m told it is heavily occupied by students, but surely not completely. For someone looking to rent downtown and comfortable with industrial type finishes, it is probably the best option.

Hallway with sliding metal doors, Sterchi Building, Knoxville