April 22, 2013
KNOXVILLE -- All proceeds from Revolution3's night race next month will benefit former UT swimmers Michael and Nicole Gross who were injured in the Boston Marathon explosions, the national triathlon organization announced Monday.
The Glow Run 5K and 1 mile Family Fun Run will be held May 3 at 8:20 p.m., starting at the World's Fair Park in downtown Knoxville. The run kicks off Rev3's annual tour stop in Knoxville, which culminates in a professional triathlon on Sunday.
Online registration is available at rev3tri.com and on-site registration will be open until 6 p.m. The cost is $40 for the 5K ($35 with early registration until March 31) and $20 for the 1 mile Fun Run.
As of Monday, approximately 700 people had signed up for the inaugural glow run. Eric Bell, a former UT track lettermen (2002-03) and one of the local Rev3 organizers, said the goal is about 4,000 runners.
"It's going to be a fun family environment with glow sticks and is going to be a fun event for all of Knoxville to be a part of," Bell said. "Now with this cause, this is just an even better reason for people to come out that night."
Michael and Nicole Gross, who both finished their careers at Tennessee in 2003, now live in Charlotte, N.C., and were attending the Boston Marathon to cheer on Nicole's mother. They were both injured in the first blast, as was Nicole's sister, Erika Brannock.
Michael has been cleared from the hospital, while Nicole has already undergone seven surgeries.
Tennessee assistant coach Lance Asti was Michael's teammate during his swimming career at Tennessee and has been in contact with the family during the last week.
"Michael has been overwhelmed with support and Nicole is as well," Asti said. "I know they're thrilled about the race and the more the merrier. We'd love to see a lot of people come out and support these guys."