PIGEON FORGE, Tenn., Sept. 5, 2015—Runner Todd Caldwell of Sevierville, Tenn., won the third annual Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken 5KRun and 1 Mile Fun Walk on Saturday, finishing the course in first place as the male open winner in (18:06:06). Caldwell was the winner of the first-ever Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run in 2013 and came in second place at the event last year. Caldwell is a local favorite and fellow runners call him “the beast.” The overall second place winner was Zachary Collins of Rockwood, Tenn. (19:43:55), and the overall third place winner was Justin Kita of Erie, Penn., (20:10:92). This event is part of “The Run and See Tennessee Grand Prix Series” www.totalracesolutions.com.
Michelle Childs of Knoxville, Tenn., was the female open winner (20:39:38), Jeannie MacHon of Shawnee, Kan., was the female master winner (24:45:26), and Nathan Abercrombie of Gainesville, Ga., was the male master winner (21:03:69). Atress McBee of Oak Ridge, Tenn., was the female grandmaster winner (28:15:93) and Timothy Rutherford of Knoxville, Tenn., was the male grandmaster winner (21:34:64). Lynn Cartee of Gatlinburg, Tenn., was the female veteran winner (35:26:45) and James Brown of Maryville, Tenn., was the male veteran winner (22:24:52). A total of 226 people finished the race sponsored by The Comedy Barn Theater ® (172 of which were runners), to benefit Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center. Safe Harbor is a nonprofit corporation serving the 4th Judicial 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 third annual event, and have announced that the Comedy Barn Theater® Kickin’ Chicken 5K Run and 1 Mile Fun Walk will be held on Sept. 3 of 2016. Donna Koester, executive director of Safe Harbor Chlld Advocacy Center said, “Our main goal is to get kids on a path to recovery. I want to thank everyone at The Comedy Barn Theater from theater co-owners Jim Hedrick and David Fee to all of the staff and especially Comedy Barn performers Clyde Foley Cummins and Danny Devaney. I also want to thank everyone for all of the community support. We hope to see you next year.”
“We got serious to raise money for this charity,” said Danny Devaney. 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 almost $3,000 on 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.”
Other winners for the day’s events included Cecilia Perkins of Gadsden, Ala., in the female ages 1 t0 10 category (27:57:95), Jackson Machon of Shawnee, Kan., in the male ages 1 to 10 category (24:52:12), Maddie Hamor of Walhalla, S.C., in the female ages 11 to 14 category (39:03:15) and Kent Koester of Sevierville, Tenn., in the male ages 11 to 14 category (25:21:51), Katie McIntosh of Mount Holly, N.C., in the female 15 to 19 category (22:50:69) and Zachary Collins of Rockwood, Tenn., in the male 15 to 19 category (19:43:55). Haley Hatcher, a University of Tennessee student from Sevierville, was the female ages 20 to 24 winner (22:10:55) and Ethan Archer, a University of Tennessee student from Newport, Tenn., was the male ages 20 to 24 winner (23:31:43). Ashley Walsh of Winder, Ga., was the female ages 25 to 29 winner (21:12:25) and Robert Taylor of Sevierville was the male ages 25 to 29 winner (24:13:49).
Kristin Shick of Sevierville was the female ages 30 to 34 winner (25:42:13), Travis Reagan of Sevierville was the male ages 30 to 34 winner (24:25:38), Alicia Bentley of Thorn Hill, Tenn., was the female ages 35 to 39 winner (25:42:50), and Jesse Rollins of Sevierville was the male ages 35 to 39 winner (20:19:20). Stephanie Saylor of Knoxville was the female ages 40 to 44 winner (26:35:45), Jim David of Maryville was the male ages 40 to 44 winner (24:23:33), Carina Denney of Pigeon Forge was the female 45 to 49 winner (32:07:53), Byron Maddox of Knoxville was the male 45 to 49 winner (22:22:76), Imelda Wegworth of Sevierville was the female 50 to 54 winner (30:34:30), Brian Haskett of Sevierville was the male ages 50 to 54 winner (26:56:38), Teresa Cantrell of Gatlinburg was the female ages 55 to 59 winner (30:33:61), Frank Maynard of Racoon, Ky., was the male ages 55 to 59 winner (25:26:45), Mary Leitnaker of Knoxville, was the female 50 to 64 winner (39:05:35), Roger Ours of Cleveland, Tenn., was the male ages 65 to 69 winner (26:10:84), Jerry Tipton of Corryton, Tenn., was the male ages 70 to 74 winner (32:57:81), Larry Acuff of Knoxville was the male 75 to 79 winner (31:50:05) and Casina Huff was the female ages 80 and over winner (1:03:49:96).
The Comedy Barn Theater®, is an award winning clean family comedy variety show in the Smoky Mountains. The show features magicians, jugglers, ventriloquists, clean family comedians, live country and gospel music and fun barnyard animals. For more information call 1-800-29- LAUGH (52844) or see The Comedy Barn® or see The Comedy Barn® web site at http://www.comedybarn.com/.
The Comedy Barn® Show is part of the Fee/Hedrick Family Entertainment Group that also includes: the “Hatfield and McCoy Dinner Show;” “The Smoky Mountain Opry Variety Show;” “Magic Beyond Belief” starring Darren Romeo, “The Blackwoods Morning Variety Show ” starring The Blackwood’s; Happy Days Diner, Chef’s Catering and www.SeePigeonForge.com.