Treadin' Trodden Trails - Trail Racing Series

History

Since 2004, KTC has offered a slate of offroad races designed to both challenge veteran trail runners and entice and nurture newcomers to the sport. First as the Mayors Cup Series of Off Road Racing, which for four years drew small but enthusiastic crowds of trail buffs to wonderful and oft underutilized city and county parks for races on single track trails and on grass, then as an XTERRA series, the series offered anywhere from half a dozen or more venues in the Knoxville area for trail racing.

In 2008, KTC formed a Trails Committee and charged the group with presenting a comprehensive schedule of off road events to attract larger crowds and bring trail running to the forefront of running consciousness, and since then the series has expanded to more than a dozen races annually at not only city and county parks, but state parks throughout East Tennessee.

The committee presents the following schedule for the 2016 Treadin' Trodden Trails Off Road Racing Series. Our season is dedicated to our brother and fellow Trail Committee member, Kerry Trammell, who passed away on January 10, 2013.



Special 2016 Multi-Race Registration Deal! Nine for $99... EXPIRED!

As in the past, Treadin' Trodden Trails offers a multi-race discount for runners who register ONLINE ONLY — PRIOR to the Wanderers' Trail Race — for the following package of series races.

• Wanderers Trail Race - Jan 17
• Dark Hollow Wallow - Mar 13
• I.C. King of Trails Race - Apr 9
• Hann Jivin' in the Dark - May 7
• Sharps Ridge Scuttle - Jun 18
• Beatin' a Hastie Retreat - Jul 10
• Haw Ridge Trail Race - Aug 13
• Lakeshore Trail Trek - Oct 15
• Loyston Point Scramble - Dec 10

The other three events have multiple distance and registration fee options that make their inclusion problematic, so for this year we're offering those nine races for a healthy discount. You may have noticed that after twelve years of holding our entry fee at ten bucks, we've finally bumped it to $15.00 this year, but to sweeten the multi-race package and keep y'all coming out, our price for nine races this year is $99.00. Eleven bucks a race. Compare that with a $35 or $40 5k! Where else can you have so much fun for next to nothing? Deal expires 1/15/2016.

Online registration for Nine for 99 Series Deal

Wanderers' Trail Race
January 17, 2016 — 2:00 pm (1:30 kids race)

Tony Owens - race director

This roughly four mile course meanders through the woods, crossing hills, dales, rocks, roots, streams, grassy knolls, and the occasional bit of asphalt. The kids course will similarly meander through the January countryside. And the kids race is only five bucks (ten if you want a shirt just like the grownups!). We know the finish line of this popular race can be hectic, so this year's race will feature something previously unheard of in a TTT series race - chip timing!

DIRECTIONS: From Knoxville, take Pellissippi Parkway or Alcoa Highway toward McGee-Tyson airport. Past the airport, bear left toward Maryville on 35 (N. Hall Road) for 3 miles, then turn right onto 321 (Lamar Alexander Parkway). Turn left onto S. Court Street, then turn left into the Maryville College campus. Take your next two right turns, going by the baseball field, then between two football fields. Race begins and ends at the pavilion next to the College Cemetery. Or just point your new-fangled GPS device to latitude 35.749133, longitude -83.960869

Race Information and Entry form
Online registration

Dirty South Trail Half and Dirty Double Trail Marathon
February 13, 2016 — 9:00 am EDT

DK Stanford, Race Director

This is a fantastic opportunity to tour Knoxville's Urban Wilderness on a loop course that takes in most of the various parks and recreation areas that comprise the UW.

We'll start and finish at Ijams Nature Center, allowing us a comfortable staging area protected from the elements, as well as bathroom facilities, and most importantly, the opportunity to juggle the course AGAIN, offering yet a new route to tour the fabulous Urban Wilderness. Stay tuned for details!

The marathon course will be basically the same course as the half-marathon, except the second half will be run in reverse direction. In order to go back out, runners must reach the halfway point in 3½ hours.

Entry Form
Online Registration
2015 Course Map
Volunteer for the Dirty South

Dark Hollow Wallow
March 13, 2016 — 2:00 pm (1:30 kids race)

Bobby Glenn - race director

In the wooded hollows of Big Ridge State Park east of Norris near Maynardville, the 11 mile course delves into long forgotten, mud-slogged crevasses thought to be haunted by haints, demons, banshees, phantoms, and poltergeists. We will also offer a five-mile option for those who choose to spend a bit less time on the trail, although Grand Prix points will only be awarded for the longer race, and a shorter still, but equally delightful, kids trail mile course will be offered for the young 'uns. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. And the kids race is only five bucks (ten if you want a shirt just like the grownups!).

Race Information and Entry form
Online registration

 

I.C. King of Trails Race)
April 9, 2016 — 9:00 am (8:30 kids race)

Tony Owens- race director

A delightful circuit of single-track trails, the system at I.C. King Park south of Knoxville offers many miles of winding, hilly footpaths. Frequented by mountain bikers as well as runners, the area is a hidden gem just five miles south of the University of Tennessee. And even in the wake of what we feared would be extensive disruption after a utility company gas line construction, the park has recovered, largely due to efforts of local mountain bikers and trail stewards but also an unexpected spirit of cooperation by KUB.

As always, this year's race will be limited to 100 runners, due to parking constraints and desire to not overwhelm the trail itself, and will be handicapped by age and gender. The course itself may be subject to modification from past years, so stay tuned.

Entry form
Online registration
Trail maps & information


Wild Hann Jivin' in the Dark
May 7, 2016 - 8:45 pm (8:15 kids race)

Andrea "Queen of Darkness" Ludwig - race director

Once again we offer a new take on another Urban Wilderness race for 2016. Our inaugural night race last October was an exciting affair, made all the more so by a line of thundershowers that roared through just after the start of the race. Race Director Andrea Ludwig promises there won't be a repeat of those particular challenges, but she will come up with a few new ones to go with the nocturnal trail conditions. Being a spring race rather than fall, we'll head into the woods at the odd hour of 8:45, eleven minutes after sunset. And although the course will be unusually well marked, it will not be illuminated, so runners will be required to carry a flashlight or wear a headlamp.

A one mile Kids Trail Race will precede the adult race, and because it will start just a few minutes before sunset, twilight will fall as the kiddos hit the trail. The course will traverse an out'n'back section of the Lost Chromosome trail and offer the youngsters a taste of the fun the adults will be having thirty minutes later. And the kids race is only five bucks (ten if you want a shirt just like the grownups!).

Event details
Entry form
Online registration
2013 Course Map
Trail maps & information

 

Sharps Ridge Scuttle
June 18, 2016 — 9:00 am

Race director to be announced

Sharps Ridge Memorial Park has some of the best views of the Knoxville skyline, just off of Broadway in North Knoxville. The Appalachian Mountain Bike Club is currently developing the trails at Sharps. When finished, the proposed trail system will have an estimated 8 miles of singletrack trail. While the trails are under development, trailheads are currently unmarked but can be found just across the road from the first picnic area, and just to the left of the cell tower at the end of the road.

But we're going to throw a curve ball at trail runners with this first-time event. In an effort to attract more road runners to our sport, we're making this a combination road/trail race. We're planning on starting a little over a mile from the park, enough to stretch our legs on some fairly flat pavement, before hitting the relatively strenuous climbs up to the crest of the ridge. Then we'll descend to a comfortably paced return along the road. We're working on a special sponsorship deal that will hopefully satiate our hunger and quench our thirst in a red hot kind of way. Stay tuned.

Entry form
Online registration
Trail maps & information

 

Beatin' a Hastie Retreat
July 10, 2016 — 9:00 am (8:30 kids race)

Jerry Monroe - race director

It's another opportunity to tour Knoxville's fabulous Urban Wilderness. We'll meet at Anderson South Head Start, then mosey across Sevierville Pike to the starting line on Centeroak. The course will enter the William Hastie Natural Area on the Redwood Trail and meander downhill in a clockwise circuit, reaching the bottom of the hill on Margaret. A left turn takes runners to the next uphill on the Hard Labor Trail and the Yellow Jacket Trail. An uphill bend on the Marj McLean trail leads to the high point of the trail as we make a brief road crossing on View Park Drive, then barrel downhill into Marie Myers Park. That section will be an out'n'back, leading to the turnaround at Sevierville Pike. Once finished with Marie Myers, the course recrosses View Park Drive, then juts down McLean and turns left onto the View Park Trail. At the parking lot/aid station, follow Sinkhole to Remedy Hill to Hardwood to Sidney Belle before bursting out of the woods on a screaming paved downhill leading to the finish line. Total distance should be roughly nine miles. A shorter 4½ mile course will also be offered, but no Grand Prix points will be awarded for it. Of course, there's always the chance that RD Jerry Monroe will change the course completely, so be on your toes. In any case, the Kids race will be an out and back on the Lost Chromosome trail totaling about a mile. And the kids race is only five bucks (ten if you want a shirt just like the grownups!).

Event details
Entry form
Online registration
2015 Course Map

 

Haw Ridge Trail Race
August 13, 2016 — 5:30 pm (5:00 kids race)

Laura Gearhiser - race director

This grand race was birthed in the early 2000s by Runners Market's Kevin Pack and bequeathed to us a few years ago. Since its inception the race has been contested at 5:30pm on the hottest Friday afternoon of the summer (TGIF!) but in 2013, for the first time, we changed that. No, not the 5:30 part, but the Friday part. so we moved to Saturday and — voila! — still tons of fun! Plan on maximum trail fun!

A one mile Kids Trail Race will precede the adult race. The course will traverse a clockwise "loop" through the park and offer the youngsters a taste of the fun the grownups will be having thirty minutes later. And the kids race is only five bucks (ten if you want a shirt just like the grownups!).

The main race will be contested along the eastern portion of the park, and although some hills present themselves, the lakeside sections of trail are not prohibitively challenging, although runners will have to climb over the main ridge at least once. Covering varied terrain and offering beautiful scenery, the race will be approximately seven miles in length. A course map from a past race appears here, but there's a substantial chance the course could change at least slightly. Postrace festivities typically last till dusk, with plentiful food and drink available.

Event Details
Entry form
Online registration
Trail maps & information
2011 Course Map


Big South Fork 17.5 Mile or 10k Trail Race
September 24, 2016 — 8:30 am

Bobby Glenn, Race Director

One of the most well-respected trail races in the east, the Big South Fork Trail Race has attracted avid trail runners from throughout the region. Since its inception in the mid-1990's, Race Director Bobby Glenn has presented a trail racing classic suitable for hardcore ultra enthusiasts as well as road runners looking for a challenging introduction to off road running.

The course starts and ends at the John Litton General Slavens Trailhead. The first 1½ miles is paved and gravel, with the balance being a single track trail. After a short paved section to exit the campground, runners will follow the gravel road out of the campground area. After about 1 mile on the gravel, runners will enter the trail and descend through the John Litton Farm to the Litton/Slavens trail. Taking a left there, they continue 2½ miles to the Grand Gap Loop. Taking a right there, they follow the 6.8 mile Grand Gap Loop, and then return the entire 5.1 miles to the trailhead via the Litton/Slavens trail. Aid stations at (roughly) 3.5, 8.5, 12, and 14 miles. Course closes in 5 hours.

New in 2012 was a 10k option, a loop course that is primarily singletrack, that has been a hit and will again be offered for 2016.

There is no day of race registration, so sign up early!

Event Details
Entry form

Online registration
Race Information

 

Lakeshore Trail Trek
October 15, 2016 — 8:00 am

Kathy Smith - race director

New in 2012 was a well-received steambath of a race that traced a relatively unknown but delightful trail that snakes along the east bank of what used to be the Little Tennessee River southeast of Lenoir City. In 2013 the route changed into one of 8.2 miles, beginning in the same place, the Coytee Trailhead of the East Lakeshore Trail system, but that time heading north to Glendale and looping back around Coytee to finish at the bridge. In 2014, the long course became longer — sixteen miles — and the short course was as long as the long one used to. Then in 2015, we went for broke and ran a full marathon and 10k. It was a great challenge and we succeeded in introducing even more of this wonderful trail system.

For 2016, we're cutting back just a bit, but upping the enjoyment level to new heights. We're assembling at a new staging area at Wildcat Pointe, which has lots of parking, is easy to find, and offers restrooms with water AND electricity. We'll run out on Wildcat (3 miles) and then onto Jackson Bend (5 miles) and then turn around at Lotterdale for a total of 16 miles. These are some of the nicest trails in the region but very hilly; thus the shorter distance. The six mile course will simply turn around after the first three mile stretch. But don't fret; you'll be sufficiently challenged!

Event details
Entry form
Online registration

 

Norris Dam Hard Trail Race
November 12, 2016 — 6:00 am

Chris George - race director.

The Norris Dam State Park and Norris Municipal Watershed provides miles and miles of scenic and challenging single-track trails and off-road jeep trails to the delight of avid and competitive trail runners.  The 2015 race included the traditional 25k and 50k races, but added a 50 mile race.  That’s right, a 50 mile race!

The 2015 race provided friends, family members, support staff and spectators with multiple opportunities to see their favorite runners along the course.  All aid stations are easily accessible by road so spectators can follow and track their favorite runners as they progress through the course.

However, given the creative and arguably sadistic nature of Race Director Chris George, who knows what he's got in store for 2016? Maybe a hundo. Maybe more. Stay tuned.

Event Details
Entry form
Online registration
Maps & information

Loyston Point Scramble
December 10, 2016 — 1:00 pm (12:30 kids race)

Pete Crowley - race director

The inaugural running of the Loyston Point Scramble consisted of a 7-8 mile course that wound circuitously through the Loyston Point recreation area, a TVA Norris Reservoir facility also known as Point 19, using marvelous trails including the Hemlock Bluff National Recreation Trail. Lake views are majestic and on the outer loop almost continuous with leaves having already fallen (quite thickly in places.)

The reception we received from participants, coupled with the plethora of new trails that will have been completed in time for this year's race, has us considering lengthening the race significantly. Stay tuned for details. (Think half marathon. Think half marathon for fifteen bucks.)

In any case, a one mile Kids Trail Race will precede the adult race (and we promise that for 2016 it will actually approximate a full mile!). The course will traverse some of the same trails and offer the youngsters a taste of the fun the adults will be having thirty minutes later. And the kids race is only five bucks (ten if you want a shirt just like the grownups!).

DIRECTIONS: Hwy 61 E., left on Park Road, right on Forgerty, left on Fox-Mill Creek. Right on Ridge Circle, left on Loyston Point Road. GPS coordinates: 36.269600, -83.964308

Entry form
Online registration
Map & information