Welcome to Tennessee Running Tour 2020-2021
This is the 42nd 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.
Covid-19 restrictions for the 2020 races are:
Race workers have to wear face masks. Races will provide online registration. Race day registration are allowed only online. Temperature check at packet pickup. There will be multiple start locations or wave starts. Runners will be required to provide their own water and food. There will be no water stops or post race food. Only chip timing or other forms of touch-less timing. Age group awards will not be given. The race will be run for Grand Prix Tour points only. Participants and spectators may not congregate at the start or finish line.
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 walkers slower than 13 minutes per mile, please. They are treated as runners in the results. The total number of finishers last season was 2,720 or 136 per race. The last race will be in Natchez Trace State Park on March 6, 2021. See details in the brochure race calendar.
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 (20-39), masters (40-49), grandmasters (50-59), senior grandmasters (60-69), veterans (70-79), and eighty plus. Everyone who participates in 5 races or more will receive a special award at the Grand Prix Awards Banquet on March 6, 2021. 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 two weeks before each race the fee is $15.00 (no shirt) and on race day $20.00. Late fee with shirt is determined by the race director.
Good running and thank you for your support.
Mike Bell, Tour Director
To contact the Tour Director, e-mail Mike at firstname.lastname@example.org 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.