John Young came to Knoxville to go to the Universtity of Tennessee out of Manchester, TN in 1981. While in High School, John was a Tennessee State Cross Country Champion in 1980 and the 3200 Meter State Champion in a state record 9:17 time in 1981. He began running in the 6th grade.
John attended the University of Tennessee during glorious years. While running at UT from 1981 to 1986, UT won 15 straight SEC Championships (Cross Country, Indoor, and Outdoor). John was a 6 year letterman at UT (might be only one ever). In 1985, UT finished 3rd at the NCAA Cross Country Championships. In 1986 John was the first to be honored as the SEC Scholar Athlete of the Year.
During the late 1980’s and 1990’s there was no one who dominated the state racing scene like John Young. John began to run and win a few area road races while in college and then took a job and has lived in Knoxville since. It’s hard to count the number of road races that John won during the 80’s and 90’s. During a six year span between 1990 and 1996, John won 82 of the 101 road races he entered. He was in the top 3 in all but three of those races. During his career, he won well over 150 road races and countless track and cross country races while in high school and college.
John won more than 50 KTC races, as well the Grand Prix points championship at least five times. He set numerous state age records while competing. He still holds seven of those records twenty years later, including the course records at Strawberry Plains Half (1:08:34) and Big South Fork (1:50:40). He won Expo, he won Fireball, he won them all.
John's personal bests include:
• 1500M - 3:56
• 5k - 14:18
• 8k - 23:38
• 10k - 29:39
• 15k - 48:11
• Half Marathon - 1:08:34
John stopped running competitively around the year 2000 but still runs for health reasons. He ran to and from work (5 miles each way) for about 6 years at one point. He kept detailed records and has run 86,353 miles (including a peak year of 3501!) through 2015 despite battles with hamstring issues.