In 1986 Allan Morgan became the first paid Executive Director of the
Knoxville Track Club, and over the next eighteen years stewarded the club
to levels never previously conceived of.
His first main accomplishment set the stage for all that was to come
when he created the concept of and implemented the idea of a full time,
paid ED to manage the club and incorporate a sense of professionalism
into all aspects of the KTC.
In the first ten years of Allans tenure, 1986-1996, KTC grew from
700 to 2000 members. This phenomenal growth was accompanied by a whole
new range of benefits for club members. KTC took its place as one of the
largest and most active clubs, not only in the Southeast but in the entire
country at large. Also KTC realized itself as a professional business
by receiving 501-3C non-profit status and by hiring a CPA to make certain
we were acting responsibly.
Allan oversaw an entire new schedule of races, many developed in his
first five years on the job, including many that exist today: Fireball,
Autumnfest, Dogwood, Straw Plains, Calhouns, New Years Day, Summer Solstice
and Carter Mill. These new KTC events demonstrated a whole new level of
excellence with shirts, greatly expanded awards, a professional sound
system, a wide range of KTC apparel on display and for sale, implementation
of RunScore and computerized registration for timing and results, increased
signage, enhanced refreshments, and indoor venues for cold weather races.
One of Allans most important contributions was developing a new
system to locate, nurture, train, recognize and reward an enlarged body
of volunteers. "Volunteer Spirit at it Finest" was born and
grew incrementally from 1988-95.
He took our club newsletter from two-three sheets stapled together in
1987 to setting the stage for the award winning publication we all now
take for granted. By 1992 Footnotes began to win regional and national
honors and still continues today.
His involvement with the Road Runners Clubs of America culminated in
National recognition with the staging of the 1996 RRCA National Convention,
a wonderful three day festival impossible without Allans energetic
During his tenure, the club began to provide technical assistance and
personnel to make it possible for scores of East Tennessee non-profit
organizations to stage their own events. Such assistance not only promoted
KTC in the community at large but also greatly increased the variety of
offerings for road racing opportunities for all. Between 1986 and 2000,
the number of assisted organizations increased from two to more than twenty-five.
His stalwart leadership helped develop the framework and funding for
tremendous growth in our youth athletics program.
In 1990 KTC, at Allans urging, created our Adopt a Highway Program
and a few years later, our Adopt a Creek Program.
His retirement in 2004 left a legacy of accomplishment and achievement,
the breadth and duration of which will not likely be replicated.