Church Hill's Falcon 5K to raise funds for Volunteer track, cross country teams

Jeff Bobo • Sep 28, 2018 at 3:48 PM

CHURCH HILL — Organizers are hoping for a big turnout Saturday evening for the sixth annual Falcon 5K to raise money for the kind of unexpected expenses that track and cross country coaches love, such as sending athletes to the regional and state track meets.

The Falcon 5K Race/Walk will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Church Hill Public Library.

The course will be an “out and back” route along Main Boulevard. Volunteer High School “Superfan” Ronnie Housewright will be the honorary starter.

You can register at the library the day of the race from 5:30 to 7:15 p.m., or you can sign up online at runtricities.net/asp/racecal.asp.

All proceeds will benefit the Volunteer boys and girls track and field and cross country teams. 

“We should have a pretty good overall track team this spring,” said head coach Jim Ailshie. “Last year, we sent six track athletes to the TSSAA state track meet, broke several school records and had several all-state track performers. We hope to build on last year’s success, and we greatly appreciate the support from the Hawkins County community.”

Ailshie noted that despite the rainy week, the forecast for Saturday evening is sunny and cool — ideal for a competitive run or leisurely walk.

“It is the only 5K race Saturday evening in the surrounding area, so we are hoping for a good turnout,” Ailshie said. “The Tennessee football team is playing in Athens, Georgia, that day on CBS at 3:30 p.m., so no matter what the outcome of the game, people can drive to Church Hill and run or walk afterwards and participate in the race.”

Awards will be provided to the top overall, top masters, top grandmasters and senior grandmasters in female and male categories. Age group awards will also be presented.

Sponsors for the Falcon 5K are Hutchinson Sealing Systems, Cooper Standard, Champion Chevrolet & Cadillac, Custom Heating and Air Conditioning, Ware Manufacturing, Crystal Greene Realtor-Blue Ridge Properties, Domino’s Pizza, the Potter’s Shed, McMillan Insurance, Eastman Credit Union and Eddie’s Auto Sales.

Ailshie added, “I am very appreciative to all of our sponsors and their recognition to promoting health and wellness in our community.”

The Church Hill Public Library is located on Richmond Street across from the Church Hill Shopping Center. Although the library faces Highway 11-W, it shares the building with the Church Hill Senior Center, which faces Main Boulevard.