The third running of The Three Sisters Ultra Festival is once again a 24 hour, 12 hour, or 6 hour timed event that will be run on the trails in the beautiful Maryville College Woods. New for this year is the 12 hour night option -- run under the stars in the cool night air until the sun comes up! There's an extra question for day vs. night on the 12 hour single and 12 hour relay races. We want more people in the woods at night!
The course is a 3.125 mile loop that will start and end at the McArthur Pavilion at the edge of the woods. You'll be able to access aid (and enjoy the warm fireplace!) every loop, as well as have the opportunity to set up your own personal aid area underneath the pavilion.
We think this will be a great first ultra:
10 loops = 50K
20 loops = 100K
32 loops = 100 Miles!
Also, there are relay options - and we added a couple more for 2018. (Because the timing guy is evidently a glutton for punishment.) For the 6 hour race, you can have up to 4 people on your relay team, and for the 12 and 24 hour races you can have either a 3 person or 6 person team. We added those 3 person teams so you people who'd rather run than drink will have more opportunities! No restriction on how many laps each team member runs, so theoretically you could have a team with one runner and a bunch of people who just sit around and drink the whole time. And hopefully cheer the runner on! Hehe so if you don't feel like running the whole time (or just want to sit around and drink for 24 hours) here's your option!
Once again, we'll have a band or two playing, as well as other activities in case you want to take a break from all the running. For instance, when have you ever played a quick nine holes of disc golf in the middle of an ultra?
The Three Sisters
The Three Sisters, pictured above, are a close-set group of peaks on Chilhowee Mountain south of Maryville in Walland. They can be seen from the higher parts of the Maryville College campus. The highest peak is 2,843 feet - it's a bit of a trick of the eye, but that peak is the far left one in the picture. There's an old lookout tower on that peak, and a radio relay tower (barely visible above) on the middle one. The right hand peak is reachable by a barely-there trail after about a 4 mile run up Chilhowee mountain.
Local time: 5:51 PM