Bigfoot Scramble 5 Miles


From I-40 at Cookeville take Hwy 111 going north to Livingston. Turn left on Hwy 85 to Hilham. Turn right on Standing Stone Parkway, then left, down to Standing Stone Lake. Continue to Overton Lodge.

GPS 36.46266 -85.41066

Course Description

Start and finish at Overton Lodge on Standing Stone Lake, Hilham. Start across the lake, then following Morgan Creek to the turnaround at 1.5 miles. Continue past the starting line to a second turnaround at 3.7 miles. Same way back to the finish by the lodge. Considered a fast and scenic course.

Course History

Originally, a 7.1-mile race, The Reindeer Stampede 7 Miler, started in 1995 as the last race before the Christmas break. It started at the crosswalk near the Recreation Hall and left the park going south on Hwy 52, then making Fletcher Circle, headed north on Hwy 52, passing the park entrance, and turning left at the next road. A few years later, the campground was paved, and the course was changed to The Reindeer Stampede 10K. It looped through the campground and headed out of the park to Hwy 52, making a right turn heading south to a turn-around, then heading back into the park, looping the campground again and finishing in the Hall. Runners complained of turning into the campground loop the second time when they could see the finish. So, the next year the course was changed again, leaving out the final loop of the campground and taking in Fletcher Circle from the original course, and finishing back at the Recreation Hall. In 2005 the date of the race was changed to mid-November, trading with the date of the Johnsonville Charge. This allowed for the use of Overton Lodge and the whole course to move down to the lake. The Reindeer Stampede name would no longer work because of the date change. The name Bigfoot Scramble 5 Miler was chosen because of the rumors of Bigfoot being spotted at Standing Stone. The course was certified in 2013. All courses were designed by Lynn Burnett, Livingston. The 2020 race was canceled due to COVID-19. New race director from 2023 is Dan Smithhisler.

Course Records

In 2021 John Payne 25 from Portland 26:32. In 2018 Kate Nicewics 31 from Cookeville 31:25.

Group of people running on road

Bigfoot Scramble start in 2010