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What Should You Do When it’s Hotter ‘n Hell? Run or Walk…for a Good Cause!

August 16, 2010

If anyone had told me 15 months ago that I, Michael Holtz, would be the director of a 5K race in Knoxville I would have laughed.

Yet here we are, five short days from firing the starting gun on the second Hotter ‘n Hell 5K to benefit the American Cancer Society and I’m over-the-moon ecstatic with our second outing.

We have a brand new course this year, one that has never been run in another 5K. The course is mercifully shaded, which is crucial in this head, even at 8 a.m. The HNH starts and finishes near the skateboard park at Tyson Park near the UT campus. Runners will head west out of the park and across Concord Street to the Third Creek Greenway. They will follow the Greenway nearly all the way to Tobler Lane before turning around and heading back to Tyson Park.

The response from the community has been fabulous. We’ve already vaulted over the  number of participants we had last year. If you are interested in signing up, you can still join us at the early registration rate of $18 if you call the American Cancer Society office today (Monday, August 16) during business hours and pay by credit card. That number is 584-1669. On Saturday, day-of registration is $20 and begins at 6:30 a.m. near the starting line.

A number of runners and walkers are participating in honor or memory of someone they know who has had cancer, or are cancer survivors themselves. We will have special recognition for all of these wonderful folks on race day.

Special thanks to Purdue, USEC  and Cool Sports. Our in-kind sponsors are Einstein Bros. Bagels, BKW Seasonings, Buffalo Wild Wings on Cumberland Avenue, the Health Shoppe, Breadbox stores and CHOTA Outfitters. Our media sponsor is radio station HOT 104.5. Thanks also to the Knoxville Track Club, Knoxville Office of Special Events, Knoxville Parks and Recreation, Knoxville Police Department and the Knoxville Fire Department for their assistance and guidance.

And, of course, this race wouldn’t be possible without the dozens of volunteers who will make the HNH an awesome experience on Saturday.

The Hotter ‘n Hell 5K benefits the American Cancer Society, which is working to create a world with more birthdays by helping people stay well with early detection and prevention education, helping people get well through patient support programs, finding cures by funding research, and fighting back by pushing for laws that reduce the cancer burden in our country.

Saturday morning is going to be awesome! I hope you’ll join us.

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