Wiedmer: 90-year-old Lillian Atchley steals the show at 52nd Chattanooga Chase

More than 600 runners competed in the 2018 Chattanooga Chase 8K race on Memorial Day.

By the time Lillian Atchley crossed the 52nd Chattanooga Chase's one-mile-run finish line Monday morning, everyone else in the field had long since finished.

Then again, no one else among the close to 800 total participants in the Chase's 8-kilometer run and mile run recently had celebrated his or her 90th birthday, as Atchley did on May 9 just up the road in Cleveland, Tennessee.

"Well, I made it," she said as she sipped a cold bottle of water on what was already becoming a very hot day. "Didn't cause anybody any trouble."

For a sports writer, the trouble this day was attempting to select the four or five best stories from the hundreds of really, really good ones that began descending on Riverview Park before 7 a.m. to make the most of their Memorial Day.