The Race Director, Dan Smithhisler, is demonstrating the correct way to recover from hitting an icy spot.


​​​Course Description
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.