Archive for January, 2006

Intramural basketball begins

Competition in an intramural basketball league for Pellissippi State students, faculty and staff will begin February 7.

Games in the coed league will be played Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning at 6 p.m. in the Student Recreation Center. Participation is free, although faculty and staff members must have paid Recreation Center fees.

For additional information, contact Dan Jones or David Pratt, or call 694-6576.

Sunday, January 29th, 2006

Local qualifying possible for Boston Marathon

PSTCC students could have an opportunity to participate in the Boston Marathon by qualifying in Knoxville.

The 2006 Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon course has again been certified as a qualifier for the 110th Boston Marathon by USA Track and Field (USATF), the authority on track and field events within the United States, according to Kevin Skurski, director of Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon.

In Knoxville’s inaugural 26.2-mile race last year, 95 athletes qualified for the Boston Marathon with their performances. The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is set for March 26.

“It was great to have such a large number of runners qualify for the Boston Marathon last year,” said Skurski. “Because this Knoxville event has garnered so much enthusiasm, we expect to have even more qualifiers this year.”

By meeting the designated time standard corresponding to the age group, athletes qualify to run in either the 2006 or 2007 Boston Marathon, which are set for April 17 and April 16, respectively.

Qualifying times for men and women are as follows:

18-34 3 hrs. 10 min. 3 hrs. 40 min.
35-39 3 hrs. 15 min. 3 hrs. 45 min.
40-44 3 hrs. 20 min. 3 hrs. 50 min.
45-49 3 hrs. 30 min. 4 hrs. 00 min.
50-54 3 hrs. 35 min. 4 hrs. 05 min.
55-59 3 hrs. 45 min. 4 hrs. 15 min.
60-64 4 hrs. 00 min. 4 hrs. 30 min.
65-69 4 hrs. 15 min. 4 hrs. 45 min.
70-74 4 hrs. 30 min. 5 hrs. 00 min.
75-79 4 hrs. 45 min. 5 hrs. 15 min.
80 and over 5 hrs. 00 min. 5 hrs. 30 min.

To gain USATF certification, a road race course must have its distance certified for accuracy.

“Running a race on a certified course allows runners to accurately compare times for performances because they can be sure the distances are the same,” Skurski said. “It is impossible to truly establish a personal best if the course distance is not accurate.”
In addition to certifying the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon, the USATF certified the half marathon (13.1 miles) and 5K (3.1 miles) courses also set for March 26. All races finish on the 50-yard line in Neyland Stadium.

Registration for all Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon race-day events can be completed online at or by picking up a registration form at the front desk of the Fort Sanders Health and Fitness Center located at 270 Fort Sanders West Blvd. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by March 9, but online registration is available through March 22. Limited registration may be available at the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Expo at the Knoxville Convention and Exhibition Center on Saturday, March 25.

Skurski said all registered participants will receive a T-shirt and goody bag.

“Marathon and half marathon finishers will receive a unique medal, and many awards and prizes will be up for grabs in all the events,” he said.

Friday, January 20th, 2006