Welcome to Tennessee Running Tour 2015-2016
This is the 37th year of the State Parks Running Tour, the longest state parks running series in the U.S. It consists of 21 road races, two of which are trail 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 21 different State Parks, located from Memphis to Kingsport.
These events are sponsored by local running clubs, which are responsible for registration, timing and results. The State Parks provide facilities, race security and traffic control. Walkers are welcome. Total number of participants last season was 3,204.
Changes for the upcoming season are that after 30 years Roan Mountain 10K no longer is part of the Tour. The War Party is taking its October date. A new date and distance are found for Chickasaw Chase going from 10 miles to a quarter marathon (6.6 Miles). A new 5 Mile race at Panther Creek State Park in Morristown has been added. New race directors are Terry Walter replacing Tony Cox and Dorn Kile replacing Caroline Johnson and Denny Elston replacing Terri Jones.
We have a Grand Prix points system, where accumulated points determine the new male and female Running Tour Champion in each of six age categories: youth (-19), open, masters, grandmasters, senior grandmasters, and veterans (70+). Everyone who participates in 5 races or more will receive a special award at the Grand Prix Awards Banquet on March 5, 2016. In addition, those who run 10 or more races will receive an extra award.
The pre-registration fee is $20.00. The no-shirt option is $8.00. 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 web site issues, call Tomas at 615-390-6977.
TENNESSEE RUNNING TOUR
Runners at the 2-mile mark of the 2014 Cedars Frostbite Half Marathon. Photo by Monte Lowe.