Greg Johnson

Hall of Fame • Class of 2014

Greg Johnson has represented the Knoxville Track Club with distinction both in his service to the Club and through exceptional running performances in local, regional and national races.

Johnson has volunteered his time and efforts to provide service to the Club in many ways: KTC Board member; race director; volunteer coach for the KTC youth athletics program; author of the Footnotes column "The Faster Master"; regular race volunteer; and currently the KTC liaison for identifying and submitting state road racing records. Johnson has been a leader of the KTC Tuesday night track group since its inception in 1990 and was also a founding member of the Runners Market Racing Team.

While his service to the Club has been exemplary, Johnson’s racing performance has been truly outstanding. Beginning with a 10k win in 1983, Johnson has won over 50 road races, most recently the Downtown Dash Mile in 2012. That’s a span of 29 years!

Johnson has been one of the most dominant Masters runners in East Tennessee, demonstrating a great range of winning times at distances from the mile run to the half-marathon. His personal bests reflect his ability and versatility:

• Mile: 4:22
• 2 mile: 9:32
• 5k: 15:24
• 4 mile: 20:25
• 8k: 25:05
• 10k: 32:22
• 15k: 49:58
• 10 miles: 52:44
• Half-marathon: 1:11:17

Throughout Johnson’s running career his race times are consistently above the 80th percentile. Anything above 80% is national class, and his recent July mile of 5:03 grades out to 87.59%, just under world class.

Truly, Johnson’s times and performances have propelled him to make his mark in Knoxville, throughout the state of Tennessee, and at the national level. In the 2009 National Senior Games in Palo Alto, California Greg finished 5th in the 5k road race final for his age group, in a time of 18:01, and 2nd in the final of the 10k road race with a time of 37:28.

Regionally, Johnson has competed and won at the Tennessee Senior Olympics, winning the 5k and 10k road races in 2008 and winning the 5k road race in 2011. Johnson currently holds ten Tennessee single-age state records in distances from the mile to the ten mile run. Of these state records, possibly the most impressive is his 10k time of 36:38 at the age of 52.

Johnson has finished in the top three of the Blount County Triple Crown Series every year since 2000. In 1990 and 1991 Johnson won the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) Running Journal Volunteer Tour State Racing Series.