Start and finish at the lodge of the Red Clay State Historic Area, Cleveland. After a rolling downhill to the Georgia state line, a 260 feet uphill begins. Once at the top the course is mostly downhill to the finish. Turn right on Lead Mine Rd at mile 2. Turn right onto Hwy 317 at mile 3. Turn right at mile 5 on Weatherly Switch then right back on Red Clay Rd. Some minor rolling hills to the finish. An interesting course with one major hill and lots of frogs and cows along the way. Course History The race started in 1989 by Jim Ruth and Arnold Truelove. The first Running Tour race was held in 1991. Course design by Jim Ruth, who was the race director until 1996 when Arnold Truelove took over. He stayed on for 10 years when Jasen Parks became director. The course was originally a 5 miler and was run in the opposite direction. In 1993 some runners suggested it was better to have half a mile of uphill followed by 4 miles of downhill than the other way around. Three times the race was postponed a week because of snow. It was announced as a 7 miler but the last mile was always a minute short. In 2009 the race was held without a race director. The first 10 runners failed to make the second turn and ran 7.3 miles. Judy White was the race director 2010-2011. In 2012 race director was Matt Davies of Cleveland, TN. In 2013 James Zahn became the race director. He lengthened the course to 7.0 Miles by starting at the picnic shelter. From 2017 Dan Smithhisler was race director. Course Records male female
2003 R Preston 39 07 J Gautier 42 04 CR
2012 Caleb Morgan 37 14 CR Meg Guy 48 15
2013 Dean Thompson 39 48 Kirsten Sass 44 19 CR*
2015 Tanner Cook 37 27 CR* Meg Guy 48 58
*Note, in 2013 the course was lengthened from 6.8 to exactly 7 miles.
The Race Director, Dan Smithhisler, is demonstrating the correct way to recover from hitting an icy spot.