THE BAT 5 MILES,  ROCKY FORK STATE PARK,  FLAG POND, TN

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Directions from Greeneville: Take Erwin Hwy to turn right on Interstate 26 in Erwin. Go South and exit on Clear Branch Rd to turn left on Old Asheville Hwy to Gillis Drive and Rocky Fork.

Two and a half miles up hill, then down hill along the scenic Rocky Fork Creek.

Course Description

Start and finish on Rocky Fork Road at Old Asheville Highway in Rocky Fork. It was named after the elevation profile, which resemble a bat. The truth, however, is that the name is short for "The Bat Out Of Hell".


Course History

This is the newest course on the Running Tour. Inaugural race was 2019. It was designed by Lisa Hazlett, originally as a 6 miler, turning south on a logging dirt road to the North Carolina border.

​In 2020 the name was changed to The Bat 5 Miles but the race was canceled. The 2021 race had 32 finishers, a new male course record, sunshine and 55 degrees. 2022 had a new course record by a woman from Boise, Idaho, that will be hard to brake.


Course Records

​Jeff King  52             Erwin     36:33                     Meg Guy  39       Roan Mountain        42:43 CR

Derek Gibson 29      Greenville 34:41  CR          Tammy Shadden 56    Irwing TX        53:35

Charles Tookey 54  Boise ID     37:25                 Amber Tookey 36   Boise, ID             36:34   CR


Third Annual RESULTS 2022

Second Annual RESULTS 2021  FaceBook Results 2021

Inaugural RESULTS 2019

Race Director : Lisa Hazlett, State of Franklin Track Club, Kingsport, TN

GPS 36.0482, -82.5566

Map URL: https://www.runningahead.com/maps/11077d5b41a741a1b79792144c3d1c6e?unit=mi&map=roadmap