Stewart Ellington

Hall of Fame • Class of 2014

Stewart Ellington came to Knoxville to compete for the University of Tennessee track and field team, where he achieved All-American honors in cross-country and track. In 1994 he finished 18th at the NCAA Cross-Country Championships earning All-American honors. In 1995 he earned All-American honors in the 10k and 5k at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. In 1996 he was an NCAA Indoor Track All-American in the 5k with a time of 13:55, finishing 4th.

In 1995 Ellington was honored by UT teammates by being awarded the Jon Young Memorial Captain’s Award. He was also a four-time Academic All-American.

Ellington continued his post collegiate running career dominating KTC events locally, and competing in national competitions. Since graduation from UT Ellington has proved his running versatility by excelling in races of various distances, from the mile to the marathon. Ellington currently holds thirty-three Tennessee single-age state records in distances from the mile to the marathon, holding the second most records in the state.

Some of his accomplishments include:

• Second in his age-group and eighth overall in the prestigious 1998 Gate River Run 15k in Jacksonville, Florida in a time of 46:22.
• In 2007 Ellington recorded his personal best marathon time of 2:23:55 at the AT&T Austin Marathon.
• First in his age-group (30-34) and fifth overall in the 2007 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon in a time of 2:27.
• Winner of the KTC Grand Prix award in 2008 and 2010, and runner-up in 2009.
• In the 2009 and 2010 Chicago Marathons, Ellington finished 4th and 5th respectively in his age group (35-39), with outstanding times of 2:24 and 2:28.
• In 2009 at the Tom King half-marathon in Nashville, Ellington recorded his personal best time of 1:07:13.

Some of Ellington’s greatest accomplishments representing KTC were his strong legs in leading KTC to 3rd place in the nationally famous Hood to Coast Relay in Oregon, where only the Nike and Brooks team of professional runners beat KTC. In 2011 Ellington was an important part of the KTC team that won the 200 mile, two day, Hood to Coast Relay, upsetting the shoe company sponsored pros.

Ellington’s Hall of Fame legacy will be highlighted by his memorable back-to-back wins of the Knoxville Marathon in 2008 and 2009.The Ellington family includes wife Tammy and his two children, Grey and Reid, and Ellington has accomplished all of his disciplined training and national competition while employed as a Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetist (CRNA) with AMAET Anesthesia Group at Parkwest Hospital. He has been an active, contributing member of our Club, always cheering on other runners after he has crossed the finish line.