Welcome to Tennessee Running Tour 2019-2020
This is the 41st year of the Running Tour, the longest state parks running series in the U.S. It consists of 20 road races with distances varying from 5 to 13 miles.
All races are held on Saturdays from October to March at 11 AM local time in 20 different State Parks, located from Memphis to Kingsport.
These events are sponsored by local running clubs, which are responsible for registration, timing and results. Each State Park provides facilities, race security and traffic control. Walkers are welcome and are allowed an early start at 10 AM. Only slower than 13 miles per hour, please. They are treated as runners in the results. The total number of finishers last season was 2,600.
New for the upcoming season is that one race is discontinued and one new race is added. Some of the dates have changed. The last race will be in Natchez Trace State Park on February 29, 2020. See details in the brochure calendar below.
We have a Grand Prix points system, where accumulated points determine the new male and female Running Tour Champion in each of seven age categories: youth, open, masters, grandmasters, senior grandmasters, veterans, and eighty plus. Everyone who participates in 5 races or more will receive a special award at the Grand Prix Awards Banquet on February 29, 2020. In addition, those who run 10 or more races will receive an extra award.
The pre-registration fee is $22.00. The no-shirt option is $10.00. From one week before and on race day the fee is $15.00 (no shirt).
Good running and thank you for your support.
Mike Bell, Tour Director
For on-line registration, go to the brochure schedule and click on the blue race date.
To contact the Tour Director, e-mail Mike at Bellm@henryk12.net or call 731-441-1468.
For website issues, contact Tomas at Tomasdepaulis@att.net or call 615-390-6977.
TENNESSEE RUNNING TOUR
Runners at the 2-mile mark of the 2014 Cedars Frostbite Half Marathon. Photo by Monte Lowe.