We are glad to be back at South Cumberland for the 2019 Savage Gulf Marathon!
There is a reason race spectators chant “You Survived the Savage Gulf Marathon!” once you cross the finish line. This marathon is known to be one of the toughest marathons in the Southeast. The marathon features two steep descents and climbs into and out of the Savage Gulf on Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau. Along the route you will encounter challenging terrain with a variety of beautiful scenery including large stone formations, waterfalls, historic sites, wildflowers and old growth forest. To qualify to participate in this race you must have completed a marathon or longer race, this isn’t your average trail run with finishing times ranging between 4.5 hours to 8 hours. You are guaranteed to challenge yourself with this very grueling and scenic marathon.
Join us at the Savage Gulf Marathon for 26.2 miles of rugged terrain as you trek up and down the steep gorge known as Savage Gulf, cross several streams, and run along the edge of the bluff. This is an Ultra you don’t want to miss.
This event is coordinated by the Tennessee Park Rangers Association. Proceeds are used for training scholarships available to State Park Rangers for professional development.
The course will be the same as last year: Beginning and ending at the Stone Door Ranger Station, with 26.2 miles of the most brutal, unforgiving, rocky, steep terrain you could imagine in between.
Race is limited to the first 100 registrations. To qualify, all entrants must have completed one marathon or longer race previously. Seasoned runners earn DNFs every year...this is not the place to break into the sport. Registration Fee: $85. Registration closes on March 9th or when all 100 registrations have been filled.
All participants will receive a race shirt. The top 3 male and female finishers will receive rewards.
Savage Gulf is a 14,357 acre State Natural Area that contains some of the most spectacular natural rock formations in Tennessee. Purchased by the state in 1973 to protect one of the last known stands of virgin timber in the Eastern United States, Savage Gulf has 55 miles of trails and ten primitive campsites. The Savage Gulf Ranger Station is the eastern access point to the Savage Gulf-Stone Door trail system that traverses the most rugged and scenic areas of the South Cumberland complex. The Stone Door Ranger Station is within the Savage Gulf area and is accessible off State Highway 56 near Beersheba Springs. It is named for the Great Stone Door, a 150-foot deep crevice at the crest of the Plateau. It is the western access for the Savage Gulf-Stone Door trails network.
Our Mission is to promote professionalism and raise hiring standards, improve communications, upgrade working conditions, support and participate in active training programs, and champion common concerns among the members of the Tennessee Park Rangers Association and those individuals representing Tennessee State Park.
Our Vision is to promote the highest standards and expertise in the profession; clearly communicate our actions; provide an avenue for open communications and timely feedback; always support and recognize significant events of its members; and act on common concerns.
Please note that for the safety of all runners there is a 5 hour cut off at mile 18. All runners that have not reached the mile 18 aid station by 1:00pm will be located and escorted to the finish line by race volunteers.
Local time: 3:50 AM