In 2004, KTC board members met with representatives of Knox County and
the City of Knoxville. As a result, the Mayors Cup Series of Off Road
Racing was born. For four years, the Mayors Cup Series 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. In
2006 and 2007 the Mayors Cup worked with XTERRA to bring local runners
an opportunity to compete for points that earned top runners a chance
to run in a national championship event.
KTC then 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.
The committee presents the following schedule for the 2011-2012 Treadin'
Trodden Trails Off Road Racing Series.
North Boundary Traverse
November 19, 2011
Tony Owens, Kerry Trammell, Michael deLisle - race directors
Turned over to the City of Oak Ridge by the DOE for public use, the North
Boundary area contains over 1300 acres of wooded playland. The main loop
traversing the area is gravel jeep road but singletrack trails spur off
at a number of points.
Course Overview: An enticing mix of jeep road and singletrack. Starts
at the Horizon Center along Hwy 95 and runs south to the gate near Poplar
Creek. Once inside the gate, the trail runs west toward Wheat for 3/4
of a mile, then bends right and climbs westward over McKinney Ridge. It
rejoins the Poplar Creek road just south of the bridge, then ascends the
big hill that forms the northern boundary of the North Boundary area.
It passes Hunley Trail, then turns downhill at Gallaher. It loops the
quarry counter clockwise, then climbs and returns the way it started,
finishing in the Horizon Center at just over sixteen miles. There will
be a minimum of two opportunities for water and possibly two more. Should
be a blast!
Information and Entry form
Special 10-for-8 Series Registration Deal * EXPIRED!
Runners who sign up for all of the first ten races of the 2012 Treadin'
Trodden Trails Offroad Running Series can do so for a discounted fee of
$80.00. That's only eight bucks a race, folks! Where else can you have
so much fun for next to nothing?
Ten Race pdf
of Entry forms
for 10 Race Series Deal
Wanderers' Trail Race
January 22, 2012
Tony Owens and Kathy Smith - race directors
This roughly four miles course meanders through the woods, crossing hills,
dales, rocks, roots, streams, grassy knolls, and the occasional bit of
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
and Entry form
Dark Hollow Wallow
February 12, 2012
Bobby Glenn - race director
Another new TTT race will be run in the wooded hollows of Big Ridge State
Park east of Norris near Maynardville. This 10¼ mile course delves
into long forgotten, mud-slogged crevasses known to be haunted by haints,
demons, banshees, phantoms, and poltergeists. Many who have embarked on
this trail have not returned. A splendid time is guaranteed for all. More
details will appear here once finalized.
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Wild West Ridge Run
March 18, 2012
Jerry Monroe - race director
A trail runner and mountain biker's paradise, Haw Ridge Park between
Oak Ridge and Knoxville offers more than 25 miles of tantalizing trails
worthy of the most astute outdoorsman. For years, the committee has felt
the extensive trail system at Haw could support more than just a single
trail race, and the 2011 TTT race schedule introduced trail buffs to hills
and dales not previously trodden in races.
Our race course begins at the West Kiosk and runs on gravel for a short
distance to spread out the field before entering the singletracks. Once
in the woods, the course climbs, then seeks the shoreline, circumscribing
the far western tip of the peninsula on West Shore. Returning to Lake,
rather than turning onto it, the course crosses and ascends the main ridge
for the first time. Once atop the ridge, the race course winds up and
down along the crest till reaching signpost 14, then barrels downhill
to Middle, turns west to Twister, and follows it around to its junction
with Lake. Red Hill Trail and I Trail are next, whereupon runners reach
another confluence with Middle and follow it west to Low Gap. An engaging
ascent brings the field up to Ridge, which leads most of the way back.
A short downhill stretch brings runners to a welcome reception at the
finish line. Race course is about seven miles.
maps & information
I.C. King of Trails Race
April 8, 2012
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.
The 2012 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. For more information, click here. Also, since the race
will be held on Easter Sunday, expect some holiday-related shenanigans
from the race director.
maps & information
Forks of the River Trail Race
April 29, 2012
Laura Gearhiser - race director
Just east of Ijams Nature Center is an area of more than three hundred
acres of grass and woodland. Managed by the State of Tennessee for multi-use,
including hunting, part of the area is maintained in food crops for birds,
including sunflowers and corn, while additional acreage is wooded. The
trails in places are obscure but rewarding and offer visas of the French
Broad River. Four-season trail users must be aware of hunting dates and
This year's race course combines deluxe wooded singletrack with pathways
traversing cropland, grassy meadows, and hayfields, covering more than
six miles in length.
Trail System Overview
Panther Creek Challenge
May 19, 2012
John LeCroy - race director
Once again the Treadin' Trodden Trails series will travel thirty-five
miles northeast of Knoxville to Panther Creek State Park, a verdant and
wondrous paradise of woods and lake, for an arduous romp through the forest.
The course will begin at the overlook in the northwest corner of the
park, descend a steep singletrack, and then wind up, down, and around,
in a dizzying ten-mile series of circuitous loops through the woods and
along the glittering waters of the lake. Last year's 2nd annual event
was extremely well received and this year's promises once again to be
an event not to be missed by the avid trailster.
Trail maps &
Stalk Your Quarry Trail Race
June 10, 2012
Leah Jones - race director
Like the Forks of the River race, this event will start in the parking
lot at Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville. And like Forks, it will
begin by winding through the lush, wooded hills behind the nature center.
Soon after the boardwalk, however, things change. Before long, runners
will test themselves on an extremely steep trail circling Meade's Quarry.
After that's done, an exhilarating stretch of new singletrack awaits in
the Ross Marble Quarry area southwest of the big quarry. When that's done,
runners cross back over the road and engage more of Ijams' trail system,
including a breathtaking ascent of the Tower Trail, before winding to
a halt near the pavillion. Distance should be something just over seven
Map of Trail
Lakeshore Trail Trek
June 30, 2012
Laura Gearhiser - race director
The third new TTT race for 2012 will trace 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. The nine mile very runnable out-and-back
course will follow the Sinking Creek Branch of the East Lakeshore Trail
system, extending south from the Coytee Trailhead 4½ miles to the
Sinking Creek Trailhead, and back again. It features several bridges including
an 85-foot steel and concrete bridge erected by TVA in 2011, and elevated
15-feet above Coytee Cove adjacent to the Coytee Trailhead. Aid station
will be at the turnaround, 4½ miles in.
There will also be a five-mile option for those who prefer a shorter
race. This race will be timed but runners will not earn Grand Prix Points.
It will be a simple out and back on the same course, merely turned around
at the 2½ mile mark.
The Trail That Can't Be Concord
July 14, 2012
Tony Owens and Larry Brede - race director
This trail system off Northshore Drive out near Farragut is largely unknown
to the tens of thousands who live within minutes of its trailheads. Solely
single-track offerings wind and climb up and down through thick undergrowth
beneath a dense tree canopy along Fort Loudoun Lake.
Our race will begin in the eastern portion of the park, utilizing virtually
every step of trail in that section, including several fun hills, before
crossing to the western part for the final two mile jaunt through the
woods. One advantage of the earlier date this year will be significantly
less overgrowth on the trails, including much less poison ivy. Race distance
will exceed eight miles.
maps & information
Haw Ridge Trail Race
August 3, 2012
Laura Gearhiser - race director
An outdoor enthusiast's paradise, more than twenty-eight miles of rolling,
twisting, single-track and double-track trails await the intrepid trail
runner at Haw Ridge, situated on a rugged peninsula along the Clinch River
between Oak Ridge and Knoxville. So much trail awaits that one can arrive
to what appears a full parking lot and complete a run while encountering
nary a soul. Recent automobile break-ins, however, have necessitated caution
in terms of parking and what to leave (and not to leave) in your vehicle.
The 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. 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.
2011 Course Map
Norris Dam Hard Trail Race
September 2, 2012
Kerry Trammell - race director
Here, adjacent to the Clinch River above and below Norris Dam, many miles
of trails await the avid trail runner. From the nearly level trail paralleling
Lower Clear Creek, to the knee-stiffening, quad-busting grades of Ridgecrest
and Lakeside, the trails in and around the Norris Municipal Watershed
and Norris Dam State Park offer a challenging and rewarding array of single-track
and jeep roads.
The 2012 Norris Dam Hard Trail Race will offer an exciting option. Racers
will choose either the original loop, which this year will approach fifteen
miles, and a double loop option that will total 50k. The single loop sends
runners along a new five mile section of trail along Norris Lake, then
explores the eastern part of the watershed before returning with a heart
pounding ascent, then a downhill finish.The second loop will mostly run
the first one in reverse, with a few slight modifications. A festive award
ceremony and picnic celebrationwill follow at the adjacent pavilion.
DIRECTIONS: From Knoxville: Take I-75 north to exit 122. Turn right off
exit towards Norris. From the top of the exit ramp, go 1.4 miles, then
turn left on Hwy 441/Norris Freeway. Go about 4.8 miles, then when you
approach the dam, turn right at the Norris State Park cabin/campground.
Go up the hill about a quarter of a mile to the 2nd pavilion on your right.
NOTE: 50k has 8 hour time limit and 25k has a 3¾ hour limit. Also,
50k runners must complete the 25k in 3½ hours to continue.
Start: Shelter 2 Norris Dam State Park East Entrance. Leave shelter run
to Tea Room. Take Tall Timbers Trail to bottom of hill
..turn right at bottom of the hill to the NEW lake View Trail.
New Trail turns left and goes down steep hill. Stay on Lake View Trail
for 5 miles. Trail will intersect with Highpoint Trail, turn left. Take
Highpoint Trail to Upper Clear Creek Rd. Turn left
..up the hill
the Boundary Trail, turn right. Take Boundary Trail to Belmont Trail,
turn right back to Upper Clear Creek. At Upper Clear Creek, turn left
to Red Hill. At Red Hill Trail turn right. Follow Red Hill Trail by Cemetery
to the White Pine Trail. Turn left on White Pine Trail
.at gate on
..follow White Pine Trail down hill to Clear Creek Trail. Turn
right on Clear Creek Trail. Follow Clear Creek Trail to Bridge. At Bridge,
turn right on High Point Trail. 100 yds, turn left on Ridgecrest Trail.
Follow Ridgecrest Trail to Freeway Trail. Turn left on Freeway Trail.
Follow Freeway Trail to Longmire Trail, turn right. Follow Longmire Trail
back to Highpoint Trail. Turn left on Highpoint Trail. At top of hill,
turn left on road and returns to shelter. Turn right at split in road.
Once in park, follow markers to finish.
Big South Fork 17.5 Mile or 10k Trail Race
September 29, 2012
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 this year is a 10k option, an out and back loop course that is primarily
There is no day of race registration, so sign up early!
Maps & information
Cumberland Trail 50k
October 13, 2012
Susan Donnelly - race director
Course Overview: The race takes you on a challenging, out-and-back route
on the rugged New River section of the Cumberland Trail. This section
crosses the high point of the trail, Cross Mountain, at over 3000'. Be
prepared - this course could take up to twice your PR for a 50k. The climb
up Cross Mountain is steep and will be slow. The course is 80% single-track
trail and 20% gravel road. The race course starts through Cove Lake State
Park, then uses approximately 9.3 miles of the Cumberland Trail before
diverging off the trail and onto ATV and gravel road the rest of the way
to the halfway point. It returns to the finish using the same route.
LOCATION AND DIRECTIONS: The course starts and finishes in beautiful
Cove Lake State Park. The race will start at the pool parking lot and
finish at Picnic Shelter #3. Parking for both start and finish is at the
pool parking lot. Please do not park in the picnic area, since people
are using the other picnic shelters and the parking capacity here is limited.
Cove Lake is located in East Tennessee's Campbell County, 30 miles northwest
of Knoxville, on U.S. 25W and I-75 between LaFollette and Lake City. From
I-75, take Exit #134, travel 0.5 miles on Veterans Memorial Highway and
take the first left turn.
Dirty South Half Marathon
November 10, 2012
Leah Jones - race director
Because of skyrocketing registration numbers, Saturday's Dirty South
Trail Half Marathon will start and finish at Anderson-South Head Start
at 4808 Prospect Road in south Knoxville. Race time will still be 9am
and the course will cover most of the same trails as originally planned.
Carpooling is still advisable but not required. Any questions call Leah
Jones at 865.680.8956 or Michael deLisle at 865.548.4718.