Course Description Start and finish at the one-table shelter at New Johnsonville Historic Area, Waverly. After start onthe main access road, the course goes to a turnaround before the railroad crossing by Hwy 70. Same way back. Flat, fast and deemed to be the easiest of all courses on the Running Tour, despite the unpaved, gravel road. Course History Originally started and designed by Paul Haase in 1992 and called Nathan Bedford Forrest Charge. The name was changed in 1995 in order to not be confused with Nathan Bedford State Park across the river. The race was organized by Waverly Rotary Club. The race is famous for its lack of a real shelter and fabulous post-race beef stew. Used to be known for having the oldest race workers on the Tour, average age approx. 70+. After Paul’s 2005 fatal bicycle crash, while warming up for the National Senior Olympic Triathlon Championship in Pittsburgh, the race was managed by Clarksville Running Club. In 2008 the race was managed by Mike Bell and Jackson Road Runners. The race was taken over in 2009 by Tennessee Valley Road Runners, Waverley, and moved to February 2010. The flood of May 2010 washed out the road but it was restored in time for the 2011 event. In 2012, Amy Wimmer's (Cox) course record (31 26) from 1996 was broken. In 2013 Kirsten bettered her own record by another 13 seconds. From 2014 Angela Redden became the new race director. Her husband Bill is the director for 2019. The route was changed slightly in 2017, when a new park entrance was built on Nell Beard Rd. The new course was certified in 2021 with the start, finish and turnaround were moved back closer to the parking areas. Course Records
2003 Ben Mulvaney 26 00 CR Jennifer Segovia 32 45
2013 Jeff Hoover, Bon Aqua 27 45 Kirsten Sass, McKenzie 30 43 CR
2020 John Woodman, Clarksville 27 43 CR* Kiera Woodman, Clarksville 30 06 CR*
* Additional distance was added in 2017 and start/finish location was adjusted.
Happy finishers enjoy beef stew made by Friends of the Park in 2017
Monte's Pics 2017
2021 Johnsonville Charge Ladies: Helen, Amelia, Dorothy, Mary Kay, Lynda, Janet, Doris