Corryton Possum Chase is Oct. 29

Sandra ClarkGibbs/Corryton, Our Town Neighbors

A fundraiser for the Corryton Hospitality Food Pantry will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, from 7-10:45 a.m. at the Corryton Community Center, 9331 Davis Drive, Corryton.

The Possum Chase is unusual in several respects, but one is this. You can run in person, or you can run anywhere (a virtual event) between Oct. 1 and 29 and submit your results. Folks in Corryton are trusting souls.

Oh yeah, the race is both 8 miles and 2 miles. It’s sanctioned by the Knoxville Track Club and the race director is Frank Bushakra, 541-786-5924.

The out-and-back course on Corryton-Luttrell Road is marked on the race website. Registration and packet pickup from 7-8 a.m. The 8-mile race starts at 8:30 a.m. and the course closes at 10:45. The 2-mile race starts at 8:40. Two-mile walkers are welcomed.

Those who signed up by Oct. 1 will get a T-shirt with logo designed by Todd Temple of T2 Design.

We heard through the possum express that breakfast of country gravy and various fixings will be served.

Now, for the good part: Here are the state records to beat:

2021 – 2 Mile State Records:

  • Age 3 male – Connor Morrell – 33:54.0
  • Age 4 female – Mia Rice – 29:09.0
  • Age 6 male – Bear Areheart – 15:28.0
  • Age 7 male – Ashton Van Pelt – 15:03.0
  • Age 11 male – Isaac Socha – 11:54.0
  • Age 12 male – Cade Duncanson – 11:24.0
  • Age 44 female – Andee Swann – 12:08.0
  • Age 67 male – Ernie Brooks – 14:51.0
  • Age 74 female – Cassandra Bainbridge – 20:50.0
  • Age 82 male – Bud Hamilton – 42:41.0
  • Age 83 male – Larry Acuff – 29:13.0

2021 – 8 Mile State Records:

  • Age 27 male – Dan Sonnenfeldt – 44:20.0
  • Age 42 male – Jason Altman – 48:01.0
  • Age 54 male – Jeff King – 48:47.0
  • Age 65 female – Doris Windsand – 1:08:36.0
  • Age 66 female – Marian Schmidt – 1:18:25.0
  • Age 76 male – Chuck Anderton – 1:11:58.0

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