Knoxville Marathon: 11th and Cumberland Part 1

My duties this past weekend as a course monitor for the Knoxville Marathon was fairly straight forward. I was at the 0.35 mi from finish mark for ALL the races (Kids, 5k, Half and Full). I got to see it all. I was also at a fairly busy intersection where I was to flag runners in the right direction. I also had three police officers there to help.

This post is a humorous, but sad (as a Christian) event that occurred this past Sunday morning.

The scene was this:

It was well into the race, the 5k runners didn’t affect traffic to much because of their route. The Halfers and Full runners had to bisect Cumberland (the main artery). So, most traffic was continuing Easy and West on Cumberland. However a few people came down 11th street and wanted to turn left on to Cumberland to travel East. However, this was illegal during the race as the police wouldn’t allow it.

A red sports car comes down the 11th street hill, drives around the parked police car in the left turn lane and has turn signal on to turn left. The police officer points for him to turn right, that going left is not an option. The driver isn’t happy by this turn of events…

“I’m trying to turn left, my church is right there.”

“I don’t care. No Left Turn,” and the police officer points up the West side of Cumberland (i.e. Turn Right).

“Asshole!” the driver shouts as he guns his car up Cumberland.

Yeah, nice.

We actually thought the exchange was rather humorous, especially some of the drivers who were waiting for breaks in the runners to continue through the intersection.

The police officer didn’t miss a beat.

“That’s okay, in a little while, I’ll go up to the church parking lot and find his car.”

And they’ll know we are Christians
By our love, by our love,
Yes they’ll know we are Christians by our love.

About planet3rry

I'm a husband, father and runner in the Knoxville area. I love the way that running makes me feel and how it has changed my thinking. I am always looking for the new PR whether in the 5k or the marathon