Michael deLisle

Hall of Fame • Class of 2014

Michael deLisle ran in high school but very little after that until 1990, when at age 40 he resumed running and soon joined the Knoxville Track Club. His first road race was the 1990 EXPO 10k followed by frequent racing for many years thereafter. As a Masters competitor deLisle held state single-age records for 8k (27:23), 10k (35:52), and 15k (53:57), and finished 2nd in the 1993 KTC Grand Prix. He reached his peak performances at age 43, but injuries slowed him soon thereafter.

Michael became a member of the KTC Board of Directors in 1991 and served for 16 years. He was KTC Vice President under four different presidents.

He served on Mayor Victor Ashe’s first Greenways Commission that constructed the initial plan ultimately resulting in the development of the extensive greenway system enjoyed today by the entire Knoxville community.

Michael was appointed Tennessee State Representative to the Road Runners Club of America in 1991 and served until 1996. As State Rep, deLisle attended RRCA national conventions in Portland, Washington DC, Allentown and Knoxville, and was a guest speaker at races and club meetings throughout the region. He also addressed the RRCA at six different National Conventions.

From 1991-1996, deLisle directed the RRCA Volunteer Tour, a series of road races held throughout Tennessee. He served on the KTC Long Distance Committee from 1991-1998, as well as the KTC Vision Committee and Strategic Planning Committee.

In 1995, deLisle helped KTC Executive Director Allan Morgan formulate the successful bid for KTC to host the 1996 RRCA National Convention, still thought of by many as the best convention ever.

In 2004, deLisle and Marty Sonnenfeldt founded the inaugural KTC trail running series, the Mayors Cup, and he now serves as director of the Treadin’ Trodden Trails Offroad Running Series, offering an auspicious annual slate of trail races of varying lengths at city, county, and state parks throughout East Tennessee.

Michael became editor of the Club newsletter, Footnotes, in 1992, a position he still holds today. As editor, he has received seven regional and five national awards for best club newsletter, as well as multiple regional and national individual awards for best club writer. All the awards represent the KTC as a Club of excellence.

In 1997, deLisle and his wife at the time, Kris Corbitt, began building the first KTC website. deLisle took over sole operation in 2000, becoming KTC webmaster, a position he holds to this day. Under his direction, the website has twice been named a Top Site by the RRCA.

Since 2000, deLisle has also served as Club race photographer, taking and publishing thousands of KTC race photos online. deLisle was an important contributor to the 2009 and 2011 KTC Hall of Fame, producing the entire written program, the HOF website, and sharing ideas for the dinners.

In 1995 deLisle helped owner Kevin Pack open Runners Market, Knoxville’s only running specialty store, and has served as manager since then.

Michael is the proud father of 17-year old son, Jesse, a familiar fixture at KTC races, whose boisterous cheering and clapping have encouraged many a weary runner.