Welcome to the Pistol Party!
Check out our website for all the latest details and current info for the upcoming event: https://www.pistolultra.org
This is a great urban ultra to start spring off with a bang! This event near Knoxville, TN (USA), has quickly become very popular, always filling before registration closes. With distances from 13.1 to 150 miles, there's something for everyone!
Runners get some great swag at check-in and are pampered by some really nice volunteers, spoiled with amazing support at heated aid stations, enjoy camaraderie with plenty of other crazy ultra runners, and can score some really cool finisher's awards. This is a great race for first time and seasoned ultra runners alike. Walkers and push rims are welcome too. We’re here to have a good time!
This event is produced by Life Wide Open, a Tennessee 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and directed by Will Jorgensen. It helps raise funds for several noteworthy local non-profits, including the Blount County Parks and Rec disadvantaged youth sports scholarships and The Triple Crown of Running Series. It also helps support the Knoxville Track Club Youth Athletics Program. By registering, you are helping to make a positive difference for these worthy children and young adults.
Need some good reasons to get off the couch and sign up? How about these? Run off those extra winter pounds. Try out that fancy new running gear you got for Christmas and have been itching to use. Go for an “easy” ultra before you attempt a big, hairy one on a remote trail. To tackle a longer distance than you’ve done before. To prove you have an ultra in you. To enjoy running with friends. Because you can!
So get your summertime bod in shape by running, walking, or crawling(!) multiple loops of approximately 5.5 miles of the lighted, paved linear Alcoa-Maryville Greenway Trail along Pistol Creek. Pick your distance. Options include a the Pistol Creek half and full marathon, or the full-bore Pistol Ultra Run 50K, 50 miler, 100K, and/or 100 miler.
The event is hosted at the Alcoa Springbrook Pool Center, less than 2 miles from Knoxville’s McGee-Tyson Airport. The 50K starts at 7:55 AM EDT Saturday morning, and the 100K/100 Miler both start at 8:00 AM EDT. The 50 Miler starts at 8:00 PM EDT Saturday evening. The half and the full marathon at 8:00 AM EDT Sunday. All races end at 4:00 PM EDT Sunday (a 32 hour cutoff for the 50K/100K/100 miler, 20 hours for the 50 miler, and 8 hours for the half and full marathons). The last official 100 mile finisher wins the coveted Slowest Draw Award!. For all the details, visit http://pistolultra.org.
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 ultra-crazy, select the 100K/50M Double button. And if that's not enough, go REALLY big and choose the 100M/50M Double. Better get your big boy/girl panties ready though! :-)
And of course there are awesome finisher's awards specific to each distance, including the highly coveted pistol buckle (complete with spinning chamber) for the hundo finishers.
The Long Run Store team will be hosting the Main Aid Station/warming area at the start/finish. The Knoxville Track Club and friends are teaming up again to have the Lucky Leprechuan water stop at the halfway point. Then the Wild Trails Aid Station (it will be heated too) will be at the end of the 4.5 mile southern section. The Little River Trading Company will be hosting a water stop by the imperial turn around. This means you'll pass an aid station every 2.5 miles or less. Talk about spoiled!
Local time: 3:15 PM
Plan to arrive Friday afternoon for check-in, packet/swag pick-up, score some official Pistol gear at the Pistol Corral store, meet other runners in the family, and enjoy other pre-race activities. It will be held inside the large tent next to the Start/Finish area.There is space close by along the course where you can set up your own personal support area. There are REAL indoor heated restrooms at a couple of locations along the course. In addition to awesome aid stations and amazing runner support, all participants receive a FREE finisher's food truck meal ticket. Yes, you will definitely be spoiled! Can't get any better for a spring race!
Check out our website for all the details and get signed up before it fills up. We can’t wait to have you join us for an amazing experience at the Pistol party!