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
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.