KINGSPORT — Tonight’s 22nd running of the Indian Path Medical Center & SunTrust Bank Crazy 8s 8K may see some rain showers.
Though the streets may get wet it won’t dampen the spirits of the 2,000-plus runners who will line up to run the candle-lit streets of Kingsport.
The Crazy 8s 8K is set to begin at 9:58 p.m. in front of J. Fred Johnson Stadium on Fort Henry Drive. The runners return and finish the course on the football field inside the stadium.
Defending champion Shadrack Kosgei from Kenya returns to the field. He won last year’s event in a time of 22:26.5. And joining Kosgei in the chase for the Gastroenterology Associates $5,000 Men’s Dash For The Gold first prize is last year’s runner-up Ahmed Baday from Morocco.
Race director Hank Brown assembled a strong group of challengers for Kosgei and Baday.
Morocco’s Ridouane Harroufi, who recently won the prestigious Boilermaker 15K in Syracuse, N.Y., is taking part in tonight’s Crazy 8s. Harroufi is joined by other top finishers from the Boilermaker, including runner-up Peter Kamais of Kenya and fourth-place finisher Stephen Muange.
Kosgei finished third at the Boilermaker.
This international contingent will attempt to break Peter Githuka’s elusive world record of 22:03, set in 1996 at the Crazy 8s. If one of them manages the feat, he will earn the Regional Eye Center $10,008 bonus.
Kicking off the evening at 6 p.m. is the McDonald’s of Greater Kingsport Little 8s Youth Field Day , featuring age-group runs for toddlers to 12-year-olds. There also is a Special 8s for individuals with special needs.
Neil’s Walk, presented by Cardiovascular Associates, Holston Medical Group and Eastman Credit Union, gets under way at 8:58 p.m. Organizers hope to have more than 1,000 walkers in the non-competitive 3K event, which raises money to help combat coronary heart disease.
The Performance Medicine Healthy Lifestyles Expo, featuring more than 30 health and fitness related vendors and booths and which is open to the public, starts at 5 p.m. in the Dobyns-Bennett parking lot outside the stadium.