From I-81 take the second Kingsport exit (Hwy 36) to Colonial Heights. Turn right on Hemlock Road to the Park. Continue to turn left on the land bridge to the Lodge.
GPS 36.49418 -82.48266
Two loops on a 5K course in Warriors Path State Park, Kingsport. Start at the lodge, going out to a right turn on Warrior Drive. Turn left at the top of the hill and go across the parking lot of the old drive-in cinema. Turn left back on Warrior Drive down the hill and go past the island connector to a turnaround at the end of the road. Go back and turn right over the connector, then right and circle the island back to the start. Repeat the same loop for a second time. Finish behind the lodge. Considered a fast and easy course.
This race was a 5K before it became part of the Running Tour in 1988 with Bob Townsend as Race Director.The course was designed by Frank Cooke, Kingsport, who made it into a 10K by running the same course twice. In 2006 the finish line was moved from the front of the Lodge to the back, and a walkers award category was added that year. The course was certified in 1994 as TN94008RH and recertified in 2015 as TN15008MS.Both the 2014 and 2015 races were snowed in and had to be rescheduled. Therefore, in 2015 the date was moved to October instead of the date of Roan Mountain 10K, which is now discontinued. In 2016 The War Party was moved back to February. In 2018 Lisa Hazlett became race director after Matthew Studholme, who had moved to Chattanooga.
Harriet Locke and Mary Kay Fisher at The War Party in 2010