An urban ultra to start spring off with a bang. This event near Knoxville, Tennessee, has quickly become very popular, always filling before the registration closes. With distances from 1 to 100 miles, there's something for everyone.
Runners score some great swag and enjoy an optional tasty pre-race pasta dinner, and are pampered by some really nice volunteers, lots of heated aid station support, camaraderie with plenty of other crazy ultra runners, and some really cool finishers awards. This is a great race for first time and seasoned ultra runners alike. Walkers are welcome too. We’re here to have a good time!
This event helps to raise funds for some very worthy and needy local non-profits, including the Foothill Striders, who raise monies for youth scholarships. By registering, you are helping to make a positive difference for these worthy children and young adults.
The course is a fairly flat, paved, generally eight foot wide greenway that is lit at night time. For those who prefer a softer surface, there is grass along side some of the trail. It meanders along the Pistol Creek (hence the name for the event), through Alcoa, by several small bodies of water, and over to Maryville's Bicentennial Greenbelt Park. It is a linear route with a lollipop at the end of the out-n-back and is a bit over 5 miles long.
We’ll start at the beautiful, new Alcoa High School (1205 Lodge Street, Alcoa, TN) and run south about 4.5 miles and return to the start; then continue north about a half mile and return back to start. The 50K/100K loops will all be the same (10.35 miles). The 50ker's will do this loop three time and the 100ker's six times. The 10, 50, and 100 mile loops will be slightly shorter (10 miles), with the 10 milers doing it once, the 50 milers five times, and the hundo runners ten times. The event features a very generous 30 hour cut-off for the 50K, 100K, and hundo. The nighttime 50 mile race starts at 8 PM Saturday with an 18 hour cut-off.
CHECK THIS AWARD OUT! The uber cool double barrel pistol on a stand with a customized name plate will be awarded to those who complete either the 50K or 100K starting Saturday morning, AND the 50 miler Saturday night! To join the "double-your-fun" party, simply select the 50K/50M Double button when registering. Or if you're REALLY ultracrazy, select the 100K/50M Double button. Better get your big boy/girl panties ready though! :-)
The Foothill Striders will be hosting the main aid station/warming area at the start/finish. The Knoxville Track Club and Perennial Ponds are teaming up again to have a water stop at the halfway point. Then the "Near World Famous" Woody aid station (it will be heated too) will be about a half mile from the end of the 4.5 mile southern section. This means you'll pass an aid station every 2 miles or less.
Local time: 11:42 AM
Plan to arrive Friday afternoon for the 2:30-4 PM workshop with the guest speaker, check-in, swag bag pick-up, the expo, the (almost) mandatory meeting featuring a guest speaker (to be announced), and other pre-race contests and activities. It will be inside the large heated school commons/auditorium area. The optional pasta dinner (vegetarian option) will be in the adjacent school cafeteria. If interested, be sure to choose the quantity of meal tickets you want to purchase during registration check-out.
The indoor restrooms will REALLY be nice too! There is space in front of the school where you can set up your own personal support. Can't get any better for spring race!
There will be some awesome finishers awards specific to each distance, including the highly coveted pistol buckle (complete with spinning chamber) for the hundo finishers. Check out our website for all the details. Hop over to Facebook for all the chatter. Get signed up before it fills. (Shirts size guaranteed to those registering by Jan. 1st.) Then get your stuff together to come join us!
Just reminder. As much as we'd like to, there are no refunds, deferments, or transfers of paid entry fees or bibs, meal tickets, etc, regardless of the circumstances. Many of the items such as shirt gender/size are custom ordered many weeks ahead of time. So please don't even ask. However, you will receive a 50% credit towards next year's event if you are unable to attend this year and go to UltraSignup and cancel your registration PRIOR TO the close of registration (February 28, 2018.) More details are available on the event website under the Registration tab. Scroll down to the section titled Registration refunds/deferment. Please read it carefully before registering. Thank you.