Treadin' Trodden Trails 2017 - Trail Racing Series Archive


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 2017 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 2017 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 15
• Dark Hollow Wallow - Mar 12
• Lakeshore Trail Trek - Apr 9
• Hann Jivin' in the Dark - May 13
• Sharps Ridge Scuttle - Jun 10
• Baker Creek Blitz - Jul 9
• Haw Ridge Trail Race - Aug 19
• I.C. King of Trails Race - Oct 22
• Loyston Point Scramble - Dec 9

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. Despite rising costs, we're holding our price for nine races this year at $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 1/13/2017.

Online registration for Nine for 99 Series Deal

Wanderers' Trail Race
January 15, 2017 — 2:00 pm (1:30 kids race)

Tony Owens - Race Director

This race has been a four miler since its inception but this year we're introducing a rip-snorter of a 5k trail course that still meanders through the woods, crossing hills, dales, rocks, roots, streams, and grassy knolls, but eliminates 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!).

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
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Dirty South Trail Half and Dirty Double Trail Marathon
February 12, 2017 — 9:00 am EDT

Ken Lonseth, 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 that will include a section on the fabulous new Baker Creek trails. Stay tuned for details!

Entry Form
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Dark Hollow Wallow
March 12, 2017 — 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!). Oh, yes, there is a hill on the long course. And a few bumps on both.

Entry form
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Lakeshore Trail Trek
April 9, 2017 — 9:00 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. In 2016, we went south to Wildcat Pointe and ran 16 miles, with a 10k short option.

For 2017, we'll present yet another big piece of the puzzle, covering the last section of the trails that we've not used yet. It will start and finish at Glendale and run North using the Davis Ferry, Baker Hollow and Canal trails. The out and back distance will be around 16 miles. We'll also offer a shorter distance going out Davis Ferry and tuning around at Baker Hollow for a 6.4 mile race. There is a beautiful overlook on this section of the trail. The other big change this year is that we're running in Spring! Hopefully the wildflowers will be busting out all over.

Entry form
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Hann Jivin' in the Dark
May 13, 2017 - 8:45 pm (8:15 kids race)

Andrea Ludwig - Race Director

Last year's spring night race was such a huge success that we're gonna do it again. Our inaugural night race in October 2015 was an exciting affair, made all the more so by a line of thundershowers that roared through just after the start of the race. Though it was particularly invigorating, Race Director Andrea Ludwig decided to opt for more peaceful weather in 2016, and a huge turnout enjoyed a more calm, yet delightful romp through the woods. Once again this year we'll head into the woods at the odd hour of 8:45, just eleven minutes after sunset, for a six mile tour of the Helix section of the Urban Wilderness. 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!).

Entry form
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Sharps Ridge Scuttle
June 10, 2017 — 8:00 am (7:30 kids race)

Stephanie Johnson, Race Director

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. Our original 2016 plan to combine a few miles of pavement with the singletrack trails changed, leaving just a short burst of pavement at the beginning and the end of the race, along with a short dash along the road at the top of the ridge. Staging area will be the Lincoln Park Technology and Trade Center on Chickamauga Avenue in North Knoxville. The Kids Trail Run will start and finish at the base of the trailhead, so no road running will be necessary for the kiddos. Should be a fun, rather hilly course, and will give the young'uns a taste of the vertical challenges that lie ahead for their parents. As always, the kids race is only five bucks (or ten if you want a shirt just like the grownups!).

Entry form
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Baker Creek Blitz
July 9, 2017 — 8:00 am (7:30 kids race)

Jerry Monroe - Race Director

We're so enamoured with the rollicking new trails at Baker Creek Preserve that we're moving our Hastie Retreat event over to Baker Creek. We haven't yet devised the course but rest assured that it will be a doozy, as there's one or two slight upgrades and downgrades there. A short course will also be offered, as well as a kids race of about a mile. And the kids race is only five bucks (ten if you want a shirt just like the grownups!).

COURSE DESCRIPTION: The very challenging 5k course will start on Baker Creek, left onto Sycamore Loop, left onto Best Medicine, bomb down Devil’s Racetrack either way, and finish on Baker Creek. The easier (yes, I said easier) 10k course will also start on Baker Creek, left onto part of Sycamore Loop, left onto Red Bud Crest, across the Red Bud Road bridge and back for a short
out'n'back, left onto Floyd Fox, left onto Sycamore Loop, left onto Best Medicine, right onto Pappy’s Way, and finish on Baker Creek. We emphisize that the 5k course is highly challenging and should not be undertaken lightly..

Entry form
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Haw Ridge Trail Race
August 19, 2017 — 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!).

Chances are good that we'll use a different staging area this year. Details will be posted here once that decision is made. Rest assured that we won't change the nature of the gala postrace festivities, as they typically last till dusk, with plentiful food and drink available.

Entry form
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Big South Fork 17.5 Mile or 10k Trail Race
September 23, 2017 — 8:30 am - note changed date

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 2017.

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

Entry form
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I.C. King of Trails Race
October 22, 2017 — 9:00 am (8:30 kids race)

Andrea Ludwig - 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. .

Now, the park is being expanded — hope are high that it will be by fall 2017, or at least by 2018; that's part of the reason we're moving this venerable race to October. Plans are for a new, expanded parking area that's NOT off Alcoa Highway (those dangerous access points will be closed permanently!) and new trails on newly acquired land to the north of the original park. Should be a blast! And if the new park isn't quite ready by then, we'll run one last time from the old parking lot.

Entry form
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Norris Dam Hard Trail Race
November 11, 2017 — 7:00 am

Doug Holder and Rebecca Holder, Race Directors

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!

But we came to our senses in 2016 and reverted back to the 25k/50k options, and everyone was happy. This race provides 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.

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Loyston Point Scramble
December 9, 2017 — 11:00 am (10:30 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 were completed in time for the 2016 race, immediately had us considering lengthening the race significantly. Thus we proudly presented in 2016 the Inaugural Loyston Point Scramble Trail Half Marathon and 10k, as well as a one mile Kids Trail Race that actually approximated a full mile, unlike 2015's sprint mile!). The kids course traverses 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

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