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Meet the 2014 Team

Perry Pruitt Named BIGGEST WINNER for 2014!

Karns firefighter Perry Pruitt won the title of Biggest Winner in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon Team fitness challenge. Pruitt lost more than 80 pounds during a five-month training period.

“Perry lost more than any team member ever had during the course of the program,” Coach Missy Kane says. “In five months his total cholesterol went from 211 to 161, his triglycerides went from 263 to 45, and his blood pressure dropped from 138/90 to 114/70."

Pruitt says the improvements didn't stop there, and some are not measured in health screenings and assessments. “I feel better in everything I can do,” he says. “No more heartburn, I don’t snore anymore, I sleep better. I can do what I am supposed to do at work, and not get tired.” Kane says the Biggest Winner challenge measures improvements in health and fitness, and efforts to "pay it forward," helping others achieve a better quality of life through health and fitness. Perry went the extra distance as an ambassador when he decided to take on sponsors for each mile to raise money for the Knoxville Area Coalition on Childhood Obesity.


 Perry Pruitt

Perry Pruitt

(See more team photos by clicking here.) 

The 2014 team lost a combined total of more than 300 pounds during training for events in the Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon. Each experienced improvements in overall health and fitness. News Sentinel sports editor Phil Kaplan participated on the team as an assistant coach with help from Jennifer Meckles, WBIR-TV, and Josh Ward, WNML-Sports Animal Radio. Rounding out the 2014 team were Pat Godfrey, 50, Townsend. Teresa Walker, 51, of Powell. Joy Gornto, 42, Knoxville; Mark Jones, 43, Knoxville; Debi Haney, 42, Knoxville; Jack Harvey, 31, Kingston; Susan Merrell, 52, Knoxville; Evangeline Smith, 39, Knoxville; and Cynthia Tipton, 45, Knoxville.

The Covenant Health Knoxville Marathon features a full marathon, half marathon, team relays, and 5K, with a one-mile Covenant Kids Run the prior evening. All races finish on the fifty yard line. For information about the marathon, visit

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