Start at the Park Lodge. Follow Lodge Rd onto Hwy 79 N and go across the bridge to a turnaround at the Water Station. Turn left back on Lodge Rd and then right on Bridgeview Rd. Go on to the overpass and turn right at the marina parking area. Turn right at Ship’s Store, then right to Fitzhugh Bridge Relic loop. Back the same way. After crossing over Hwy 79 N, turn right at Scenic Cove. Follow this road to the cabin loop on the top of the hill. The same way back past the Convention Center to finish at Lodge Rd. During the construction of the new Inn, the start and finish lines were moved to the swimming pool area parking lot, which invalidates the certification.
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The inaugural race was held in 2007 and sponsored by the Paris Chamber of Commerce. It had 47 finishers during pouring rain. Participation has increased every year. The race did not become part of the Running Tour until 2008 when it had 83 finishers. The following year had 138 finishers. The course was USAT&F certified in 2010. In 2010, it was 24 mph sleet from the south and 35 F. Many state age records are set every year after 8 Miles became a recognized distance in 2009. In 2017 a new male course record was set. Then in 2019, the Woodmans bettered their own course records. From 2020 Jay Hosford is the race director. The 2021 race was held 8 hours after a tornado killed 100 people 30 miles north of the park. Back to the new Inn in 2022.