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Guest post from Cortney Piper!

Glowrun 5k


Work: 30 minutes –
6 Heavy Turkish Get-ups
10 Heavy Suitcase Deadlifts
14 Lateral Box Jumps
400m Run
-Continuous movement, not fast

Be Strong, Stay Strong 5K run to benefit UT swimmers injured in Boston Marathon

April 15th I was too concerned about how much money I owed to the IRS to pay close attention to current events of the day. I heard about the Boston Marathon bombing on my twitter feed and read about it briefly in between calls to my accountant, financial planner and making a last minute run to the bank.

It wasn’t until I got home, turned on the TV and looked at my phone that the Boston bombing became personal. Texts, phone calls and Facebook messages from my teammates…did you hear about Nicole and Michael?

I swam with Nicole and Michael at the University of Tennessee. I swam with Nicole for three years and Michael for four years. The great thing about teammates is no matter how much time has passed or what corner of the world we live in, we are always there for each other.

Nicole remains in Boston getting treatment for injuries to her legs, ankle and Achilles. Michael was treated and released with burns and bruises. Nicole’s sister, Erika, lost her leg below the knee.

A relief fund for Nicole, Michael and Erika’s physical and emotional recovery was started days after the tragic event in Boston called, Be Strong Stay Strong.

The Knoxville community rallied to support their recovery with a 5K run, Friday, May 3 at World’s Fair Park. All proceeds will benefit Be Strong, Stay Strong.

I stuck with CrossFit Ktown more than a year and a half after my first Saturday class because the 6AM workouts, hard work, team atmosphere and camaraderie reminded me of my days as a UT swimmer.

So, I’m asking my CrossFit Ktown team if you’ll join me in supporting my UT teammates, Friday at 8:20 PM for a 5K Glow run down Neyland Drive. The cost is $40 and all proceeds go to Be Strong, Stay Strong. You can register here or get in touch with Diva, aka Rachael, at Visit Knoxville to volunteer at

Learn more about the 5K Glow run here:

Video: more about Be Strong, Stay Strong and my teammates:

Cortney Piper

By | 2017-04-25T14:38:19+00:00 April 30th, 2013|CrossFit Ktown Knoxville, Uncategorized|8 Comments


  1. G8rDave April 30, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    More degrees-of-separation from this story, plus some Did-You-Knows:

    Pilot Flying J has been a sponsor of Revolution 3 Triathlons in Knoxville, and many other places in the USA, for 3 years. The Knoxville race always kicks off the tri se3ason, and this is the first time Rev3 has added a 5K, allowing the community to participate in the event, even if they are not triathletes.

    Pilot Flying J is also sponsoring a pro triathlete this year, a young lady by the name of Bethany Handley. Like Kortney, she is a former UT swimmer who knows all of the people impacted by the Boston bombing. An off-season injury is limiting Bethany from running in the Knoxville event, but she will be there to encourage and cheer on all who come to race, whether on Friday at the 5K, Saturday at the Sprint Challenge (CFKT will have at least one team in that), or on Sunday at the tri itself.

    CFKT members James “Rise Up” , Andy Goode and David Dawson will be participating in the Rev3 this year so come down to the boathouse early Sunday morning to cheer them on.

    CFKT will have a booth at the Expo, which will be open Friday afternoon and all day Saturday. Contact Coach G or me if you want to assist at the booth, or get involved in the weekend in any other way.

  2. Miranda Huston April 30, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    Thank you so much for the amazing post about REV3GLOW, Courtney! Pilot Flying J has been VERY involved in REV3 for several years and believe that it’s a wonderful organization!

    PFJ is doing a ton with REV3 and all of its events this weekend, too! Did you know that Rise Up, Dawson, and Andy Goode are all racing in the Olympic Rev on Sunday morning? Come cheer them on!

    The Olympic Rev starts with the swimming leg in the Tennessee River! Come send them off between 8am and 830am on Sunday morning! Depending on how long it takes them to do the 0.7 mile swim, you can watch them transition to the bike by the Lady Vols Boat House shortly after they get out of the water! Once they jump on the bike, you can run over to World’s Fair Park to see the bike to run transition :)

    Please find the full schedule of events here:

    Holler at Dave or I if you have any questions or want to get in on any of the fabulous triathlon action!

  3. CBo April 30, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Great cause to support – you can count me in!

  4. Dani April 30, 2013 at 5:17 pm

    I will be there!

  5. Meghan April 30, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    Awesome post Courtney. And for those that don’t know Courtney was a bad a** college swimmer and I think it is amazing to see all the community around her and her teammate! Thank you for sharing!

  6. Cortney April 30, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Thanks, y’all!

  7. KB April 30, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    Awesome Post! I will be running the 5K Friday night! I am glad to be part of the REV3GLOW!

  8. Diva April 30, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    We are very grateful to have such a wonderful community which allows us to bring events like Rev3 into Knoxville (thank you Pilot Flying J). Please note that the client has paid volunteer opportunities as well so if you are interested please let me know so that I can guide you in the right direction. I look forward to seeing everyone on Fri, Sat and Sun. Thank you Courtney for writing a wonderful post!

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