Course description Start and finish at the swimming pool lodge at Cumberland Mountain State Park, Crossville. After start in the parking lot the course goes out to a right turn on Hwy 419 and a steep uphill to a right turn on Hwy 127. At 2 miles turn right on Old Mail Rd and follow a series of steep up and down hills to Coon Hollow Lane at mile 5. At the end of road turn right to connect with the park road. Rolling downhill to Hollow Branch bridge across Byrd Lake Dam on Hwy 419 and turn right to the finish at the Lodge. Considered the third hardest course on the Running Tour. Course History This race began in 1979 with the start at the dam. The course was designed by Andy Lyon, the Park Ranger, with the help of Fred Gent and Steve Douglas. The race was added to the Tour in 1983. When the swimming pool lodge was built, the start was moved to its current location in the parking lot. In 2005 the start and finish was held at the Park Restaurant at Mile 6 of the old course but otherwise identical. Most runners would prefer this location of the start because it put the first hill at 1.5 miles instead of 0.5 miles. However, since 2007 the start and finish are back at the lodge. From 2015 Terry Walter is the Race Director.
1993 Lance Winders, Mansfield 36 54 CR Amy Wimmer , Mt Juliet 44 20
2012 Jacob Carrigan, Antioch 39 46 Kirsten Sass, McKenzie 44 20 (tie)
2019 John Woodman, Clarksville 41 42 Kiera Woodman, Clarksville 43 00 CR
Monte's Pics 2016
Monte's Pics 2018
Plateau Gobbler Gallop 2018, post-race smiles