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Scott Trama wins 6th annual Comedy Barn Theater Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run
By Michael Williams

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Comedy Barn 5K run; image by Michael Williams

Scott Trama of Knoxville, Tenn., won the sixth annual Comedy Barn Theater Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday, finishing the course in first place as the male open winner in (16:42.28). The overall second place winner was Andrew Ledwith of Knoxville (17:13.18), who was the first-place winner last year, and the overall third place winner was Brent Bueche of Maryville (17:48.42). This event results are posted on www.totalracesolutions.com.

Jaimie Hatcher Horner of Sevierville, Tenn., was the female open winner (23:03.81), Monica Couch of Buckhorn, Ky., was the female master winner (27:11.15), and Brent Bueche of Maryville was the male master winner (17:48.42). Teresa Cantrell of Gatlinburg, Tenn., was the female grandmaster winner (28:18.99), Tim Horvath of Huntsville, Ala., was the male grandmaster winner (19:51.68), Pat Fulton of Harrogate, Tenn., was the female veteran winner (35:51.60), and Ray Hardee of Gaston, S.C., was the male veteran winner (21:31.33) as he was last year, beating his last years’ time by .14. A total of 236 runners and walkers finished the race sponsored by The Comedy Barn Theater to benefit Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center. Safe Harbor is a nonprofit corporation serving the 4thJudicial District, consisting of Cocke, Grainger, Jefferson and Sevier Counties. The corporation is dedicated to serving children who are victims of severe neglect, and physical and sexual abuse through prevention, education and intervention.

Officials of The Comedy Barn Theater were very pleased with the sixth annual event, and have announced that the Comedy Barn Theater Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk will be held next year on Labor Day weekend.

“We are so proud of our Comedy Barn family,” said David Fee, president and chief executive office of Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment and co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater. “Over the years, the race has raised over $31,000 for children’s charities and that does not include this year’s total. This was our most successful race to date.”

Jim Hedrick, co-owner of The Comedy Barn Theater said, “Thank you to all of the participants for helping to support the annual Comedy Barn Theater Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run and Fun Walk. We are blessed to be able to give back to the community of Pigeon Forge and all of Sevier County. Once again our charity of choice is Safe Harbor and all of the proceeds from the race will go to support them.”

“We got serious to raise money for this charity,” said Danny Devaney, performer at the Comedy Barn Theater®. “Safe Harbor helps kids who need it more than anything. They are in dire need of funding. I don’t know how they do it. This run exceeded our expectations. We raised a lot of money in the silent auction on top of what we raised in the race, which will be tallied by the middle of the week. We are happy that so many people participated in The Comedy Barn Kickin’ Chicken event and that we are able to help Safe Harbor. We look forward to doing it again next year.”

Clyde Foley Cummins race director and Comedy Barn Theater performer said, “This was a great event. This year’s run was better than ever!” We do it to represent a wonderful charity in East Tennessee – Safe Harbor. They are completely funded by donations. We love to give back to the community and we are proud to be associated with them. We wish we didn’t need a Safe Harbor, but we do need them and we are glad they are there. They have helped more than 3,000 children in East Tennessee.”

Other winners for the day’s events included Ava Schmutzer of Franklin, Tenn., in the female 1 to 10 category (34:26.74), Owen Lewis of Sevierville in the male 1 to 10 category (27:50.89), Ryla Bryant of Lakeland, Fla., in the female ages 11 to 14 category (24:16.00), Matthew Sinclair of Carthage, Tenn., in the male ages 11 to 14 category, (18:53.86), as he did last year, beating his last years’ time by 1.77 and Serena Bailey of Cramerton, N.C., in the female 15 to 19 category (24:38.64). Haley Hatcher Archer of Sevierville was the female ages 20 to 24 winner (25:05.16), Justin Bishop of Fairview, N.C., was the male 20 to 24 winner (21:51.70) and Brenda Bonilla of Pigeon Forge was the female ages 25 to 29 winner (33:26.42). Ethan Medley of Kingsport, Tenn., was the male ages 25 to 29 winner (29:18.44) and Lauren Levko of Knoxville was the female 30 to 34 winner (26:57.52). Andrew Ledwith of Knoxville was the male ages 30 to 34 winner (17:13.18), Pam Howerton of Knoxville was the female ages 35 to 39 winner (27:24.69), and Ryan Dabbs of Knoxville was the male ages 35 to 39 winner (19:15,77). Audrea Capps of New Tazewell was the female ages 40 to 44 winner (28:15.84), Benn Lipps of Belfry, Ky., was the male ages 40 to 44 winner (19:56.79), Carina Denney of Pigeon Forge was the female 45 to 49 winner (34:00.17), Todd Caldwell of Sevierville, Tenn., was the male 45 to 49 winner (19:23.21), Imelda Wegwerth of Sevierville was the female 50 to 54 winner (31:44.44), Eric Pacie of Morristown was the male ages 50 to 54 winner (23:51.90), Atress McBee of Clinton, Tenn., was the female ages 55 to 59 winner as she was last year (31:51.17), Timothy Rutherford of Knoxville was the male ages 55 to 59 winner (20:31.89), Beth Griffin of Cleves, Ohio, was the female 60 to 64 winner (36:13.20), James Brown of Maryville was the male 60 to 64 winner, as he was last year (22:53.56), Linda Bozeman of Sevierville was the female 65 to 69 winner, as she was last year (50:16.90), Frank Bushakra of Knoxville was the male ages 65 to 69 winner (30:24.37), Lynn Cartee of Gatlinburg was the female 70 to 74 winner, as she was last year (47:48.70), Roger Ours of Cleveland was the male ages 70 to 74 winner (24:50.80), and Larry Acuff of Knoxville was the oldest participant and was the male 80 and over winner (38:18.13).

“The Bean Team” from Bush’s Beans won the sacred golden chicken award trophy for having 19 members (the most team members) on their team. Randy Wengwerth of Sevierville was the 100thplace winner and won $100 in cash, a local hotel stay and tickets to all of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment shows in Pigeon Forge.

Published September 7, 2018








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