OLDEST RUNNING PARK SERIES IN THE USA

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TENNESSEE RUNNING TOUR

Mike Bell

Welcome To Tennessee Running
Tour 2023-2024

This is the 45th year of the Running Tour, the longest state parks running series in the US. It consists of 20 road races with distances varying from 5K to 13 Miles. All races are held on Saturdays from October to March at 11 AM local time in 19 different State Parks located from Memphis to Kingsport.

These events are sponsored by local running clubs, which are responsible for registration, timing, and results. Each State Park provides facilities, race security, and traffic control. Walkers are welcome and are allowed an early start at 10 AM. Only walkers slower than 13 minutes per mile, please. They are treated as runners in the results. If you run with your dog, you must start with the walkers.

New for the coming season is that a 6 Mile race in Limestone is replacing Roan Mountain 10K and a 5K race in Three Way is replacing Hill and Dale 8 Miles.

The total number of finishers last season was 2,238 or 112 per race. The last race will be in Fall Creek Fall State Park on March 2, 2024. See details in the race calendar.

We have a Grand Prix points system, where accumulated points determine the new male and female Running Tour Champion in each of seven age categories: youth, open (20-39), masters (40-49), grand masters (50-59), senior grand masters (60-69), veterans (70-79), and eighty plus (80+). Winner at each race gets 30 points, second gets 28, third 26, and so on. You can count your bst points up to 10 races. You will remain in the age category of your first race. Everyone who participates in 5 races or more will receive a special award at the Grand Prix Awards Banquet. In addition, those who run 10 or more races will receive an extra award.

The pre-registration fee is $30.00 with a long sleeve shirt. The no-shirt option is $15.00. Two weeks before each race, the fee is $20.00 (no shirt), and on race day $25.00. The late fee with the shirt is determined by the race director. Halloween Hunt has an extra $5.00 fee and Cedars Frostbite Half-Marathon has an extra $10.00 fee.

Good running, and thank you for your support.
Mike Bell, Tour Director.

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