Runners take part in the 34th annual Eastman Road Race 10K on Saturday in Kingsport. (Photo courtesy David Fox)
KINGSPORT — The 34th annual Eastman 10K Road Race made its way through the streets of Kingsport on Saturday morning and J Penny emerged as the first of 653 finishers.
The Johnson City runner crossed the finish line in a time of 33:31. He followed that up a short time later with a third-place showing (10:25) in the Day & Zimmerman 3K Run.
Jonesborough’s Emily Wood was the top female finisher in the 10K with a time of 40:02.
The win was the first Eastman victory for Penny. In the three previous races, he collected two second-place finishes and a third.
New to the 2013 race was the Tele-Optics 10K Handcycle race. Previous years have included handcyclists, but this was the first year that it was an official event. The race is one of the few opportunities in the region that allows physically challenged athletes to compete.
Five entries made their way into the inaugural event with Fain Grogg of Johnson City completing the course in a time of 25:29.
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