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Karla Gander, Co-President


Karla began running in college as a cheap activity after someone stole her bike, and she could not afford to replace it.  After a move from Wisconsin to Tennessee, Karla continued running as a way to stay active and explore her new city.  She enjoys Knoxville's many greenways and trails.  Karla's favorite running partner is her big dog, Lucy, who often joins in on group and training runs.

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Current Shoes: Brooks Ghost 11

Alli Baker, Co-President

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Current Shoes: Brooks 

Kelly Novarro


Kelly discovered her passion for running 7 years ago when she traded her couch for a treadmill, LITERALLY. She gave her couch to her cousin in exchange for his treadmill and it escalated from there. ​Kelly has participated in numerous half-marathons and completed her first full marathon in November 2019. Kelly likes to think of BOTPE as one big running family who will give you the shirt off their back and in some cases even their pants (long story). 

Favorite Race: Rock n' Roll Savannah Marathon

Current Shoes: Nike Zoom Pegasus

Bobby West, Founder


Bobby envisioned a world where all runners could do so without feeling 'out of place'.  His vision has materialized in our support group - Back of the Pack Elite. Bobby started running in 2014 training for his first 5k after seeing several of his friends having fun and getting medals. That next year he decided to conquer a half marathon. Running races every month for the past 3 years, Bobby has decided to take on the Marine Corp Marathon in 2019. His running adventure has led to several close friendships that have supported and encouraged him to never give up.


Favorite Race: Erlanger Chattanooga 1/2 or Cherokee Harvest 1/2

Current Shoes: Asics Kayano-25

Amanda Carver Maynard, Founder


Amanda began running 3 years ago after her extreme weight loss of over 130 lbs. Wanting to try something new to upkeep her healthy life style, she started running. She was instantly addicted to the way running made her feel. Her new found obsession has led to several successes in her life, as well as several new friendships. Wanting to continue her journey, she and Bobby decided to grow from everything they gained from running and created Back of the Pack Elite so others could share in the joy of running for all speeds and distances.

Favorite race: Rock n' Roll Savannah 1/2

Current Shoes: New Balance 860

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