John Gilpin Repeats As Signal Mountain 10K Winner

Fromer UTC Runner Has Now Won Last Three CTC Races

Saturday, October 20, 2018 - by John Hunt

John Gilpin made it three in a row in the rain at Signal Mountain Saturday morning.

He had claimed victory in both the Raccoon Mountain and Moccasin Bend 10K races in recent weeks before adding his second straight triumph at the Signal Mountain Pie Run, a hilly 6.2-mile race that starts and finishes at the Signal Mountain Athletic Club on Ault Road.

Gilpin was all alone again as he won with a time of 34 minutes, one second while runner-up Joseph Wilson was a distant second in 37:33.  Paul Deaton was third in 38:05.

Jennifer Huwe was the female overall winner as she finished fifth overall in the field of 120 runners with a time of 41:49.  Kristen Bonsor was the second female and 14th overall in 45:41 while Janis Kelman was the third female in 47:11, which was 17th overall.

Jennifer Funk posted a time of 49:23 for 23rd overall, but she was the biggest winner as she came within eight seconds of her prediction and earned $50 for her accuracy.

Maria Vives claimed the $30 second place after missing by just 12 seconds while Sergio Bianchini had the third-best prediction, off by just 14 seconds.

Rain was falling pretty hard at daybreak when race officials first arrived, but it had slowed considerably for the 8 a.m. start.  It was foggy in places and the temperatures were cool, creating almost perfect running conditions for the annual race.

As has been the case in those last two races, Gilpin broke from the starting line and never looked back as he ran alone most of the distance.  The 26-year-old physical therapist is starting to wrap up his training for the Chickamauga Battlefield Half-Marathon on Nov. 10, but he was happy with his race on Saturday.

“I just wanted to start out at a comfortable pace and close well.  It was a good run as those last two miles are tough,” Gilpin said before anyone else had finished.

“Decent miles at the start helped, but I just had to hang in there at the end.  The most important thing is that I got a pie,” he laughed, knowing that virtually every runner received an apple pie from the Bread Basket.

“It’s a tough course with several nice climbs, but there are also some critical downhills.  I’ve been working on that aspect of my running as much as anything in recent weeks as that’s where I got killed at Missionary Ridge,” he added.

Wilson is a 22-year-old senior at Dalton State who also works as a kitchen manager for Chick-Fil-A.  He had run this race a year ago and suffered at the end after starting out too fast.  He wanted to make sure to avoid that mistake this time.

“I just wanted to start slow and work my way up.  That seemed to work well as mile five was one of my fastest.  The weather was nice and I really like this course as it’s challenging.  My goal was a 38:30 and I was somewhat faster than that, so I’m happy.

“I ran with Jeremy Miller for a couple of miles before pulling ahead and trying to imagine me catching John.  I’m happy with the results,” he said as rain began to fall a little bit harder.  Miller was fourth overall in 38:56.

Huwe is a petite 28-year-old quality control employee of McKee Food who “tastes Little Debbies for a living.”  There weren’t any other females where she was running, but that didn’t seem to matter.

“It started out a little fast, but you forget how hilly those next five miles are.  I was trying for a personal best, but I missed it by about a minute.  I was chasing guys the whole way and finally caught one on that last hill, but it’s nice to be rewarded with a nice apple pie after a good run,” she smiled.

Bonsor is the 25-year-old Director of Recreation and Events at the Terrace of Mountain Creek.  She had won the Raccoon Mountain 5K two weeks ago, but Saturday was her first 10K ever and she was thrilled with the experience.

“There were definitely some surprises along the way, but it was a challenging course.  The weather was great as the rain kept us cool, but that last hill was horrible,” she said shortly after topping it.

While 10Ks have been the order of business on the Chattanooga Track Club schedule for the past three races, the next one is a bit longer.  The Chickamauga Battlefield Marathon and Half-Marathon will be held on Saturday, Nov. 10.  There’s also a 5K that day.

(Email John Hunt at



PHOTOS: UTC Defeats Western Carolina 3-0

Lee Lacrosse Ends Season With Loss To Young Harris

(Changes, Corrections Or Additions: Please Notify Dennis Norwood at PREP BASEBALL THURSDAY, APRIL 18 Walker Valley at Central Sale Creek at ... (click for more)

UTC defeated Western Carolina 3-0 in the second game of a softball doubleheader Thursday at Frost Stadium. UTC won the first game 6-5. (click for more)

The Lee women's lacrosse team wrapped up the 2019 season with a 21-5 loss at Young Harris College on Wednesday evening. Freshman Shayna Ryan capped off her first year with the Lady Flames ... (click for more)



(Changes, Corrections Or Additions: Please Notify Dennis Norwood at PREP BASEBALL THURSDAY, APRIL 18 Walker Valley at Central Sale Creek at Bledsoe Co. McCallie at Rhea Co. Soddy Daisy Trojan Classic At Soddy Daisy 4:00 pm: Signal Mtn vs. White Co. 7:00 pm: Soddy Daisy vs. Signal Mtn At Ooltewah 4:00 pm: Ooltewah ... (click for more)

PHOTOS: UTC Defeats Western Carolina 3-0

UTC defeated Western Carolina 3-0 in the second game of a softball doubleheader Thursday at Frost Stadium. UTC won the first game 6-5. (click for more)

Breaking News

TDOT Plans To Add 1 Lane In Each Direction To I-24 From Georgia State Line To US 27; New Section Of Apison Pike To Be Widened

The state plans to add one lane in each direction to a seven-mile section of Interstate 24, which is one of the most congested freeways in the country. The purchase of right of way for the project is included in TDOT’s annual three year transportation program. Right of way is listed for 2022 in a section between the Georgia state line and Brown's Ferry Road and another ... (click for more)

Person Shot In Road Rage Incident On Bailey Avenue; Shooter Flees

A person was shot after a road rage incident on Bailey Avenue on Thursday afternoon. Police said the shooter fled. Police responded to 1050 Bailey Ave. at 3:16 p.m. The person was not seriously injured. Police blocked off Bailey Avenue from National Avenue to the overpass as the incident was being investigated. (click for more)


Save The Wildlife, Mr. Berke

Why in the world would there be any question regarding the wildlife at East Lake park, and the humane relocation of same? Why would anyone need to beg for the right thing to be done? Maybe if the ducks could ride scooters, there would be money for this. Or maybe if they had means to pay for one of the so-called affordable apartments we have in Chattanooga, they would rate the ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: What's 'Good' About It?

For the biggest part of my life (a real long time) I refused to acknowledge what is “good” about Good Friday. Today, in literally every country on earth, it is ‘Good Friday’ and, nope, nothing is “good” about killing my Jesus. Forget that it is the most singular display of His love for me, and I push all of the human race aside, to stand completely alone, and feel Jesus’ eyes on ... (click for more)