Ginny Canfield

Hall of Fame • Class of 2009

Working alongside her husband to promote and organize KTC events, it would be easy to induct Ginny and Hal together into the Hall of Fame. However, when we think of the people who have served the local running community and chosen to remain behind the scenes, Ginny Canfield was the epitome of the tireless and dedicated volunteer and deserves her own place in the KTC Hall of Fame.

Moving to Tennessee with Hal from her native state of New York, Ginny worked on the Manhattan Project during World War II. With two daughters, Ginny was already actively involved with the Girl Scouts prior to the formation of the KTC, but still found the time to work registration tables, water stops and practically every other task including timer for innumerable road races and track events. She was also instrumental in founding and directing the KTC running program, which included high school cross-country meets throughout East Tennessee. With all that, she never wavered from her commitment to the Girl Scouts and was subsequently elected as President of the Tanasi Girl Scout Council's Board of Directors.

After a long battle with cancer, Ginny passed away on May 27, 1985. In appreciation for her many years of service, the Knoxville Track Club created the Ginny W. Canfield Memorial Award which is presented annually to the "individual who best represents the club's volunteer spirit by going above and beyond the call of duty". Since its inception, the Ginny Canfield Award has become one of the most coveted awards given by the KTC.

While Ginny is the first female member of the KTC Hall of Fame, she certainly will not be the last. Her legacy of working with young people and giving back to the community inspires new generations of volunteers who are dedicated to healthy living and healthy communities.