Frequently we speak with clients about communities. We talk about school zones, proximity to shopping or healthcare, and special attributes that distinguish one area from another. All of these things are truly important to buyers especially those relocating from outside the area. There is another type of community though that many clients are very interested in but honestly, I gave very little consideration to discussing until recently….. those are certain types of fitness communities. In this blog I want to outline a very active community in Knoxville and that’s the running community.
Knoxville has a pretty temperate climate that allows for running outdoors almost year round. That makes it particularly attractive to people who dislike treadmills. Another asset for runners in Knoxville is the greenway system that makes convenient paths safe and easy to follow, marked or segmented into different lengths. To be completely honest, there are many allergens that accost Knoxville due to the convergence of several national forests all with different indigenous trees here in the valley, but people endure and overcome with otc allergy meds and or a visit to the allergist. The plus is you are very close to all of these great state and national parks in which to run when going outside of Knoxville. Suburbs, like Farragut, (Farragut TN Greenway Map) also have a great system of parks and greenways that people can use according their proximity. The website Outdoor Knoxville has great links to all of the regional greenways.
There are many organized running/walking clubs or groups to join and many people participate in more than one. It does seem that geographical convenience will affect in which group people are most actively involved. The Knoxville Track Club (KTC) is apparently one of the “largest running clubs in the country” according to their website. Membership is really inexpensive and members get discounts not only on organized races but also at many local businesses. Joining KTC also automatically enrolls you in RRCA (Road Runners Club of America) and subscribes you to an informational email. The educational opportunities are communicated through email. Another attractive reason to join is the ability to compete in Knoxville Grand Prix Series and you earn points throughout the year by combining all of your approved race results. There are also group runs which are unofficial supportive practice runs. In all this group will be the best place for someone to begin their networking within the running community.
Several of the local health and fitness oriented stores actively support the running community. Fleet Feet Knoxville is a great local resource and sponsors many programs and training systems for beginning runners as well as those who hope to move to the next level. The Runner’s Market specialty shoe store is also a great resource and active sponsor of Knoxville area races. Many runners find education and support at Eddie’s Health Shoppe as well. These are just a few of the “hubs” for Knoxville runners.
Knoxville hosts some great races through the year as well. The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon is a pivotal event in the Knoxville Race Calendar. It begins downtown and has six different eligible events. It finishes with runner crossing the 50 yard line at the University of Tennessee Neyland Stadium and being broadcast on the jumbo-tron. Pretty impressive and exciting! There are at least five Half Marathons in the greater Knoxville area annually including one at The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon and The 13.1 Knoxville Half Marathon, and The Farragut 13.1. There are many 10K events and even more 5K events supporting different causes and scheduled throughout the year. Another style of event which some find interesting are the “Mud Runs” or “Warrior Events” which throw obstacles into the mix of running. Though most of what I’ve mentioned are road races, there is an active trail running community as well.
I think that it really helps people decide where they want to live if they have been given the resources that connect them to the communities with which they share interest. Not only can introducing clients new to the area to an interest group make them acclimate faster to their new home, it will also make their entire experience better. If you know of someone who is moving to the Knoxville, TN area and has an interest in a certain community whether it’s running or some other interest, I’d love the opportunity to discuss being their realtor. Please share my information, Blake Rickels, The Blake Rickels Group, Keller-Williams, 865-966-5005.