Hundreds of runners and walkers participated in Sunday’s Rocky Top Run in Sweetwater on a
perfect autumn day. The event raised money for the Greg Collette Scholarship in honor of the
Sweetwater resident who died in a car crash in February.
|Published: 9:44 AM, 10/24/2013
||Last updated: 10:06 AM, 10/24/2013
Author: Tommy Millsaps
Source: The Monroe County Advocate
SWEETWATER-When members of the
late Greg Collette's family looked around Sunday, they saw hundreds of friends and community
members coming out to support them and the first Rocky Top Run in downtown Sweetwater.
"It was wonderful," Collette's mother Pidge Collette said. "The
community pulled together."
Greg Collette was killed in a car
wreck in Loudon County earlier this year. His family wanted the memory of his many kind deeds to
live on, so they established the Greg Collette Scholarship to go to a Sweetwater High School
student each year.
Sunday's Rocky Top Run raised money for that
scholarship. The event consisted of a 5K road race and one-mile fun run that drew nearly 350
runners and walkers, organizers said. Runners and walkers went past the high school, where Collette
graduated from in 1991 and the house where he lived and supported the University of Tennessee.
Hundreds of other people came out to support the runners. Event
organizers said they want to grow the scholarship fund to increase the number of students
The top 10 runners in Sunday's race were:
1. Andy Boyd, Sweetwater;
2. Emily Roy,
3. Jamey Richeson;
4. Paul Dacus;
5. Joe Bedford,
6. Adam Foxx, Philadelphia;
7. Valerie Jordan, Sweetwater;
9. Louis Bryan, Athens;
and 10. Kris King, Sweetwater.
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