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 2015 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 Multi-Race Registration Deal

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 18
• Dark Hollow Wallow - Feb 15
• I.C. King of Trails Race - Apr 4
• Beatin' a Hastie Retreat - May 17
• Stalk Your Quarry Trail Race - July 12
• Haw Ridge Trail Race - Aug 15
• Hann Jivin' in the Dark - Oct 9
• Loyston Point Scramble - Dec 12

The other four events have multiple distance and registration fee options that make their inclusion problematic, so for this year we're offering those eight races for a whopping $65.00. About eight bucks a race. About a dollar a mile. Compare that with a $35 5k! Where else can you have so much fun for next to nothing? Deal expires 1/16/2015.

Online registration for Eight-Race Series Deal

Wanderers' Trail Race
January 18, 2015

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.

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

Dark Hollow Wallow
February 15, 2015

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.

Race Information and Entry form
Online registration

Dirty South Trail Half and Dirty Double Trail Marathon
March 8, 2015

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.

In the past, we've run clockwise beginning at Anderson South Head Start in South Knoxville, then running down into Hastie Natural Area, Marie Myers Park, the Ross Marble Quarry Trail system, Forks of the River, and the Helix Trail System.

This year, however, we're starting and finishing at Ijams Nature Center, allowing us a much nicer staging area protected from the elements, as well as better parking and 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
2014 Course Map

I.C. King of Trails Race
April 4, 2015

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 2015 race will again 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.

Entry form
Online registration
Trail maps & information
Course map

Beatin' a Hastie Retreat
May 17, 2015

Jerry Monroe - race director

It's another opportunity to tour Knoxville's fabulous Urban Wilderness and a few new trails laid down since the last opportunity. 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. Kids race will be a delightful downhill and uphill loop totaling about a mile.

Entry form
Online registration
Course Map

Lakeshore Trail Trek
June 20, 2015

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 this 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.

Now, for 2015, the ante is upped once again, as we present the first Lakeshore Trail Trek Marathon. Yup, twenty six miles of riproaring fun. It'll start at Coytee Trailhead and go over the bridge south to Lauderdale trail, turn around at end of Lauderdale trail and return to start. Then the course goes north to Glendale and then continues on to Davis Ferry Branch trail, turning around at the golf course, and coming back to finish at the bridge.

The 10k race will start at Coytee Trailhead, go north to Glendale and back.

Aid stations will be at Glendale, Coytee (both ends) and Lauderdale.

Cut off time: 3 ½ hours to get back to start or be pulled. 7 hour course closure.

Entry form
Online registration

2014 Course Map

Stalk Your Quarry Trail Race
July 12, 2015

Darren Stanford - race director

The five and ten mile courses both start in the parking lot at Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville and will begin by winding through the lush, wooded hills behind the nature center, then explore exhilarating stretches of new singletrack, including the brand new Barnett Ridge and Ross Marble trails, that await in the Ross Marble Quarry area, then tackle Tharp's Trace clockwise. With that 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. The five mile option coincides with the long course, merely turning back sooner (and missing some of the best trails!) Grand Prix points awarded only for the long course. And please bear in mind our propensity for changing courses with little or no notice.

A one mile Kids Trail Race will precede the adult race. The course will traverse a clockwise "loop" through the Ijams Nature Center property and offer the youngsters a taste of the fun the grownups will be having thirty minutes later. Only five bucks for so much fun!

Entry form
Online registration
2013 Course Map

Haw Ridge Trail Race
August 15, 2015

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 eastern edge of Haw Ridge and offer the youngsters a taste of the fun the grownups will be having thirty minutes later. Only five bucks for so much fun!

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.

Entry form
Online registration
Trail maps & information
2011 Course Map

Big South Fork 17.5 Mile or 10k Trail Race
September 26, 2015

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 2015.

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

Entry form
Online registration
Race Information

Hann Jivin' in the Dark
October 9, 2015

Andrea "Queen of Darkness" Ludwig - race director

One of the main architects and benefactors of the Urban Wilderness is Brian Hann, who as President of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club not only helped mastermind design of much of the corridor but generously allows easement to many miles of trail that ramble about his private land. With his cooperation we offer a new take on another Urban Wilderness race for 2015. The course won't be different, but it sure will look different, as we'll head into the woods at 7:00pm, half an hour 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 right around sunset, twilight will fall as runners tour the woods. The course will traverse an out'n'back section of the Lost Chromosome trail and offer the youngsters a taste of the fun the grownups will be having thirty minutes later. Only five bucks for so much fun!

SPECIAL FOR 2015! Race director Andrea Ludwig promises some spooky, Halloween-themed thrills along the way.

Entry form
Online registration
2013 Course Map
Trail maps & information

Norris Dam Hard Trail Race
November 14, 2015

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 will include the traditional 25k race, but this year we will be changing the 50k race to a 50 mile race.  That’s right, a 50 mile race!

The 2015 race will provide 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.

Course details will not be provided but runners need to be willing to expect a few surprises for the 2015 race. We don’t call it the Norris Dam Hard Trail Race for nothing!  The 25k race will have a 4 hour time limit and the 50 mile race will have a 13 hour time limit.  The 50 mile race will also have time requirements for check in points.  Check out the Norris Dam Hard Trail Race Facebook page for additional details as they develop in the weeks prior to the race.

As always, a festive picnic celebration will follow at the adjacent pavilion, and if the 2014 race was any indication, a roaring bonfire will be one of the highlights.

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: 25k has a 4 hour limit. 50 Mile time limits to be announced at a later date.

Entry form
Online registration
Maps & information

Loyston Point Scramble
December 12, 2015

Race director to be named

This 8 mile course winds 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.

A one mile Kids Trail Race will precede the adult race. The course will traverse a clockwise "loop" through some of the same trails and offer the youngsters a taste of the fun the grownups will be having thirty minutes later. Only five bucks for so much fun!

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.

Entry form
Online registration
Map & information