Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8s 8K Run

2010 Race Plans Unveiled - Defending Champ Cheprot, plus 3 Other Former Champs Return 

6-16-10
Kingsport, TN
 

On Saturday night July 17th at precisely 9:58 pm, when most people are turning down their covers and preparing for a good night’s sleep, the streets of Kingsport will once again awaken with runners for the 21st running of the of the Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8s 8K Run.  Crazy 8s, the World’s Fastest 8K, is a Kingsport sports tradition and one of the most popular events in Kingsport’s Fun Fest. 

In 2009, little known Simon Cheprot from Kenya ran away from the pre-race favorites down the stretch and broke the tape in J. Fred Johnson Stadium in 22:20.7.  That time, while still about 18 seconds slower than Peter Githuka’s 22:02.2 world mark established in Kingsport way back in 1996, was still the fastest 8 kilometer time in the world last year.  Crazy 8s officials announced today that Cheprot will return to Crazy 8s and defend his Crazy 8s crown. 

“We’re still the world’s fastest,” boasted co-event director Hank Brown.  “We had the fastest time in the world last year.  Simon came here and surprised everyone, including me.  We’re very happy to have him back.” 

Cheprot, however, will not be the only past champion checking their bags for Kingsport on July 17th.  A total of four past men’s champions will crowd the lead pack blazing through the world-famous candle-lit, figure-8 course.  Those four are Cheprot, 2007 champ Simon Ndirangu (Kenya), 2006 champ Julius Kiptoo (Kenya), and 2001 champ Alene Emera (Ethiopia).  These four kings will be gunning for the Gastroenterology Associates $5,000 Men’s Dash For The Gold, given to the first male to cross the finish line.  They will also be in hot pursuit of Githuka’s long-standing world record and the Regional Eye Center $10,008 payday for the first man to break the mark.  

“I can’t remember when we’ve had four past champions in one race,” said Brown.  “That’s pretty incredible.” 

Ndirangu came to town in 2007 and ran to an eye-popping 22:15.9 victory, a time which ranks 7th all-time at Crazy 8s.  Many still remember Emera’s stirring 22:03.4 performance in 2001 when he inexplicably let up in the final stages of the race, missing the world mark by just over 1 second.  Kiptoo, who has been a Crazy 8s favorite for years, has finished in the top 5 three times.    

Last year, Crazy 8s gave out unique “8-Man” medals to the first 2000 finishers in the 8K, courtesy of The Regional Eye Center.  

“The medals were extremely popular,” said John Williams from The Regional Eye Center.  “We were very pleased with the excitement it generated in the 8K.  This year we will give out medals to the first 2300 finishers.” 

The menu of Crazy 8s activities actually kicks off on Friday evening, July 16, with the Lively State Farm Crazy Mile in downtown Kingsport.  The K-8s Dog Walk, an untimed fun walk for dogs and their owners, will bring up the “tail” of the Crazy Mile.  The Crazy Mile will take place just prior to the Fun Fest Parade in downtown Kingsport. 

The McDonald’s of Greater Kingsport Little 8s Youth Field Day will kick things off on Saturday with fun field day activities for kids and families.  The age group runs will feature races for toddlers to 12-years old with distances from 100 yards to 600 yards.  Special 8s will return this year with races for individuals with special needs.     

Neil's Walk, presented by Cardiovascular Associates, Holston Medical Group, and Eastman Credit Union, is one of the largest walks in the area with over 800 participants.  Named for Neil Danehy, who died suddenly from a heart attack in 2005, the walk and the Neil Danehy Heart Foundation were created to raise awareness and help combat coronary heart disease.  This non-competitive 3k event will start on Ft. Henry Drive and return to finish inside the stadium.  Last year, Neil’s Walk raised $11,500 for the Foundation. 

The United Way of Greater Kingsport Healthy Lifestyles Expo will feature over 30 health and fitness related vendors and booths.  The expo will be in the Dobyns-Bennett parking lot outside the stadium, and will open to the public at 5:00 pm Saturday.  Those who stick around after the Awards Ceremony might be lucky enough to win the $1000 Midnight Mad Money given away by Bill Gatton Honda.  Winner must be at least 18 and must be present to win.   

For more information or to register for any Crazy 8s event, visit www.crazy8s.org    

Sponsors are Indian Path Medical Center, SunTrust Bank, The Regional Eye Center,  Cardiovascular Associates, Gastroenterology Associates, Holston Medical Group, Eastman Credit Union, McDonald’s of Greater Kingsport,  Performance Medicine, Lively State Farm, United Way of Greater Kingsport, Foot Rx of Johnson City, Bill Gatton Honda, Food City, Salsaritas, Culligan, Charter Communications, Oak Hill Cemetery, and Dashboard Audio. 

VIP Sponsors are Jon Mather Dentist, Mountain Region Family Medicine, UBS Financial Services, Hope Haven, and First Bank and Trust. 

Crazy 8s is managed by We Run Events.  

 

All-Time Performances- 8 kilometers Road

World Men

World Men

  All-Time Performances- 8 kilometers Road

World Men

  22:02.2   ( 1)  Peter Githuka (KEN)              14 Feb 1969   20 Jul 1996  Kingsport TN USA                       

  22:03.4   ( 1)  Alene Emera (ETH)                 25 Jun 1982   14 Jul 2001  Kingsport TN USA                       

  22:03.9   ( 2)  Enock Mitei (KEN)                26 Nov 1980   14 Jul 2001  Kingsport TN USA                       

  22:04     ( 1)  Alberto Salazar (OR/USA)         07 Aug 1958   04 Jan 1981  Los Altos CA USA                       

  22:06.0   ( 3)  Shadrack Kosgei (KEN)            24 Nov 1984   14 Jul 2001  Kingsport TN USA                       

  22:08     ( 2)  David Moorcroft (ENG)            10 Apr 1953   04 Jan 1981  Los Altos CA USA                       

  22:08     ( 1)  John Doherty (IRL)               22 Jul 1961   21 May 1989  Agawam MA USA                          

  22:08  +  ( 1)  Ismael Kirui (KEN)               20 Feb 1975   02 May 1993  Dublin IRL                             

  22:09     ( 1)  Josephat Machuka (KEN)           12 Dec 1973   19 Mar 1994  Virginia Beach VA USA                  

  22:10.7   ( 1)  Linus Maiyo (KEN)                       1982   19 Jul 2003  Kingsport TN USA        

  22:12     ( 1)  Sammy Kipketer (KEN)             29 Sep 1981   25 Mar 2006  Dallas TX USA                          

  22:13     ( 1)  Alberto Salazar- 2               07 Aug 1958   31 Dec 1978  Los Altos CA USA                       

  22:13     ( 2)  Craig Virgin (IL/USA)            02 Aug 1955   31 Dec 1978  Los Altos CA USA                       

  22:14     ( 3)  Nick Rose (ENG)                  30 Dec 1951   04 Jan 1981  Los Altos CA USA                       

  22:14     ( 4)  Thom Hunt (CA/USA)               17 Mar 1958   04 Jan 1981  Los Altos CA USA                       

  22:14.7   ( 4)  David Makori (KEN)               06 Nov 1973   14 Jul 2001  Kingsport TN USA                       

  22:15     ( 1)  Simon Sawe (NM/USA)              23 Mar 1969   14 Jun 1997  San Jose CA USA                        

  22:15.5   ( 1)  Mebrahtom Keflezighi (CA/USA)    05 May 1975   27 Mar 2004  New York NY USA                        

  22:15.9   ( 1)  Simon Ndirangu (KEN)             01 Nov 1985   14 Jul 2007  Kingsport TN USA                       

  22:16.0   ( 1)  John Korir (KEN)                 15 Dec 1975   18 Jul 2004  Kingsport TX USA                       

  22:17  +  ( 1)  Simon Rono (KEN)                 09 Apr 1972   03 Oct 1999  Attleboro MA USA                       

  22:18  +  ( 1)  Bruce Bickford (MA/USA)          12 Mar 1957   26 May 1985  Agawam MA USA                          

  22:18  +  ( 1)  Salvatore Antibo (ITA)           07 Feb 1962   24 Feb 1990  Cento ITA                              

  22:18     ( 2)  Lazarus Nyakeraka (KEN)          22 Nov 1975   14 Jun 1997  San Jose CA USA                        

  22:18  +  ( 2)  Khalid Khannouchi (NY/USA)       22 Dec 1971   03 Oct 1999  Attleboro MA USA                       

  22:18  +  ( 2)  Khalid Khannouchi (NY/USA)       22 Dec 1971   03 Oct 1999  Attleboro MA USA                       

  22:18     ( 2)  Abraham Chebii (KEN)             23 Dec 1979   25 Mar 2006  Dallas TX USA                          

  22:18     ( 1)  Wilson Kebenei (KEN)             20 Jul 1980   22 Mar 2008  Dallas TX USA                          

  22:19  +  ( 1)  Joseph Kamau (KEN)               21 Sep 1972   06 Oct 1996  Attleboro MA USA                       

  22:19.0   ( 1)  David Makori- 2                  06 Nov 1973   17 Jul 1999  Kingsport TN USA                       

  22:20 +  ( 1)  Simon Rono- 2                    09 Apr 1972   04 Oct 1998  Attleboro MA USA                       

  22:20  +  ( 3)  Patrick Ivuti (KEN)              30 Jun 1978   03 Oct 1999  Attleboro MA USA                       

  22:20  a  ( 1)  Samuel Ndereba (KEN)             02 Feb 1977   11 Nov 2006  Richmond VA USA                        

  22:20.7   ( 1)  Simon Cheprot (CO/KEN)                  1990   11 Jul 2009  Kingsport TN USA   

World Women 

24:27.8   ( 1)  Asmae Leghzaoui (MAR)            30 Aug 1976   13 Jul 2002  Kingsport TN USA                       

  24:35.6   ( 1)  Deena Kastor (CA/USA)            14 Feb 1973   03 Apr 2005  Chicago IL USA                         

  24:38     ( 1)  Paula Radcliffe (ENG)            17 Dec 1973   24 Apr 1999  Balmoral SCO                           

  24:43     ( 1)  Sonia O'Sullivan- 2              28 Nov 1969   22 Apr 2000  Balmoral SCO                           

  24:45     ( 1)  Paula Radcliffe- 2               17 Dec 1973   11 Apr 1998  Balmoral SCO                           

  24:48     ( 1)  Liz McColgan (SCO)               24 May 1964   10 May 1992  Washington DC USA                      

  25:02     ( 1)  Lynn Jennings (NH/USA)           01 Jul 1960   12 May 1991  Washington DC USA                      

  25:03     ( 1)  Grete Waitz (NOR)                01 Oct 1953   15 Mar 1986  Virginia Beach VA USA                  

  25:03     ( 1)  Birhane Adere (ETH)              21 Jul 1973   10 May 2003  Balmoral SCO                           

  25:04  +  ( 1)  Paula Radcliffe- 3               17 Dec 1973   15 Oct 2000  Laughrea IRL                           

  25:04     ( 1)  Marina Bastos (POR)              07 Jul 1971   24 Apr 2001  Cartaxo POR                            

  25:04.5   ( 1)  Deena Kastor- 2                  14 Feb 1973   26 Mar 2005  New York NY USA                        

  25:05     ( 2)  Benita Willis (AUS)              06 May 1979   10 May 2003  Balmoral SCO                           

  25:07     ( 1)  Lynn Jennings- 2                 01 Jul 1960   14 May 1989  Washington DC USA                      

  25:07     ( 1)  Getenesh Wami (ETH)              26 May 1974   14 Apr 2001  Balmoral SCO                           

  25:07     ( 1)  Sonia O'Sullivan- 3              28 Nov 1969   30 Mar 2002  Balmoral SCO                           

  25:08     ( 2)  Lynn Jennings- 3                 01 Jul 1960   10 May 1992  Washington DC USA                      

  25:09     ( 1)  Shelly Steely (NM/USA)           23 Oct 1962   28 Apr 1991  Portland OR USA                        

  25:09     ( 3)  Judi St Hilaire (MA/USA)         05 Sep 1959   10 May 1992  Washington DC USA                      

  25:09     ( 1)  Lornah Kiplagat (NED)            01 May 1974   01 Jun 1997  Tilburg NED                            

  25:09     ( 2)  Paula Radcliffe- 4               17 Dec 1973   14 Apr 2001  Balmoral SCO                           

  25:10     ( 1)  Judi St Hilaire- 2               05 Sep 1959   13 May 1990  Washington DC USA                      

  25:12     ( 2)  Judi St Hilaire- 3               05 Sep 1959   14 May 1989  Washington DC USA                      

  25:13     ( 2)  Tegla Loroupe- 2                 09 May 1973   22 Apr 2000  Balmoral SCO                           

  25:14     ( 3)  Brenda Webb (TX/USA)             30 Jun 1954   14 May 1989  Washington DC USA                      

  25:14     ( 2)  Susan Sirma (KEN)                26 May 1966   12 May 1991  Washington DC USA                      

  25:15     ( 1)  Leann Warren (OR/USA)            02 Mar 1961   28 Oct 1989  Alhambra CA USA                        

  25:15  +  ( 1)  Tegla Loroupe (KEN)              09 May 1973   02 Jun 1996  Tilburg NED                            

  25:16     ( 1)  Alevtina Ivanova (RUS)           22 May 1975   25 Mar 2006  Dallas TX USA             

Crazy8s History

Indian Path Medical Center & Suntrust Bank 8K Run

Top All-Time Performances - thru 2009  

Males    

      Year Name Citizen Time

1 1996 Peter Githuka Kenya 22:02.21

2 2001 Alene Emere Ethiopia 22:03.4

3 2001 Enock Mitei Kenya 22:03.9

4 2001 Shadrack Kosgei Kenya 22:06.0

5 2003 Linus Maiyo Kenya 22:10.6

6 2001 David Makori Kenya 22:14.7

7 2007 Simon Ndirangu Kenya 22:15.9

8 2004 John Korir  Kenya 22:16.0

9 1999 David Makori Kenya 22:19.0

10 2009 Simon Cheprot Kenya 22:20.6

11 2001 Sammy N'geno Kenya 22:22.2

12 2000 Reuben Cheriuyot Kenya 22:24.5

13 1997 Peter Githuka Kenya 22:25.7

14 2007 Karim ElMabchour Morocco 22:25.7

15 2007 Linus Maiyo Kenya 22:27.3 

Females    

      Year Name Citizen Time

1 2002 Asmae Leghzaoui Morocco 24:27.8 1

2 1999 Margaret Okayo Kenya 25:40.0

3 1999 Jane Omoro Kenya 25:40.6

4 1999 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 25:41.2

5 2001 Irene Kwambai Kenya 25:46.4

6 1999 Teresa Wanjiku Kenya 25:47.6

7 1994 Laura Mykytok  Pa 25:49.4

8 2007 Ogla Kimaiyo Kenya 25:51.6

9 1997 Elana Meyer South Africa 25:51.9

10 2008 Ogla Kimaiyo Kenya 25:53.1

11 2006 Luminita Talpos Romania 25:56.5

12 1999 Derartu Tulu Ethiopia 26:01.8

13 1998 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 26:01.9

14 2001 Grace Momanyi Kenya 26:02.0

15 2003 Silvia Skvortsova Russia 26:03.1 

 

Past Winners - Men    

2009 Simon Cheprot Kenya 22:20.6

2008 Demssew Tsega Ethiopia 22:40.9

2007 Simon Ndirangu Kenya 22:15.9

2006 Julius Kiptoo Kenya 22:59.3

2005 Tibebu Yineu Ethiopia 23:06.0

2004 John Korir  Kenya 22:16.0

2003 Linus Maiyo Kenya 22:10.6

2002 Patrick Nthiwa Kenya 22:37.9

2001 Alene Emere Ethiopia 22:03.4

2000 Reuben Cheriuyot Kenya 22:24.5

1999 David Makori Kenya 22:19.0

1998 John Kariuki Kenya 22:39.7

1997 Peter Githuka Kenya 22:25.7

1996 Peter Githuka Kenya 22:02.21

1995 Gideon Mutisya Kenya 23:08.0

1994 Keith Brantly Florida 23:28.0

1993 Eric Lorenz  NC 23:35.6

1992 Jacques Van Rensburg South Africa  22:59.8

1991 Jim Kaiser   KY 23:41.5

1990 Thomas O'Gara Ireland 24:36.7 

Past Winners - Women

2009 Meseret Mengsitu Ethiopia 26:19.1

2008 Ogla Kimaiyo Kenya 25:53.1

2007 Ogla Kimaiyo Kenya 25:51.6

2006 Luminita Talpos Romania 25:56.5

2005 Victoria Klimina Russia 26:15.0

2004 Silvia Skvortsova Russia 26:12.0

2003 Silvia Skvortsova Russia 26:03.1

2002 Asmae Leghzaoui Morocco 24:27.8 1

2001 Irene Kwambai Kenya 25:46.4

2000 Naomi Wangui Kenya 26:21.8

1999 Margaret Okayo Kenya 25:40.0

1998 Catherine Ndereba Kenya 26:01.9

1997 Elana Meyer South Africa  25:51.9

1996 Libbie Johnson Colorado 26:44.0

1995 Maria Louisa Servin Mexico 26:05.9

1994 Laura Mykytok Penn 25:49.4

1993 Monica O'Reilly Ireland 27:01.5

1992 Joan Nesbit NC 26:31.3

1991 Stephanie Orman Georgia 28:02.9

1990 Cheryl Boessow Alabama 29:18.5 

 

 

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