Great Smoky MountainS Half Marathon & 5K

September 11-12, 2020  | Townsend, TN

Race day has passed, but the memories will last!

Thanks for joining us in beautiful Tennessee to run. Now go enjoy the Smokies!
We hope you'll run with us again soon!

Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon & 5K

September 11 & 12, 2020

Townsend, TN

Escape to the "Peaceful Side of the Smokies" with a gorgeous course through the woods. You couldn't ask for a more beautiful destination!

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5K & "Fun Run"

Friday, September 11
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Course Type: Lollipop loop 
Stroller friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? No

Early: $45 Nov. 15 – Mar. 1, 2020
Regular:  $50 Mar. 2 – Jun. 7, 2020
Late: $55 Jun. 8 – Sep. 11, 2020

Half Marathon

Saturday, September 12
7:00 am – 11:00 am

Course Type: Point-to-point 
Stroller friendly? Yes
Dogs allowed? No

Early: $109 Nov. 15 – Mar. 1, 2020
Regular:  $129 Mar. 2 – Jun. 7, 2020
Late: $149 Jun. 8 – Sep. 11, 2020

Black Bear Double

5K + Half Marathon
September 11 & 12

Register for the Black Bear Double to run both the 5K and Half Marathon and earn special swag. 

Early: $170 Nov. 15 – Mar. 1, 2020
Regular:  $200 Mar. 2 – Jun. 7, 2020
Late: $225 Jun. 8 – Sep. 11, 2020

*Entries are limited and this race may sell out. If the race sells out, registration will close regardless of registration period.

Race Overview

The Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon & 5K is a stunning race with gorgeous views of the Smoky Mountains and Tennessee countryside.

Both events finish in front of the Talley Ho Inn in Townsend, TN "The Peaceful Side of the Smokies"! 

There will be plenty of parking near the finish for runners and spectators. The 5K starts and finishes in front of the Talley Ho Inn on Friday (Sep. 11th). Half marathon runners will be shuttled to the start on Saturday (Sep. 12th) and will finish at the Talley Ho Inn. 

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Travel Overview

Race HQ (including bib pickup, the 5K, and the finish line) will be at the Talley Ho Inn in Townsend, TN.

Flying
If you're flying in, look for flights into McGhee Tyson Airport (TYS) in Knoxville (40 min. drive).

Lodging
We recommend staying in Townsend, TN. but Gatlinburg (45 min. drive) has lots of options as well. Other good sources for planning your stay include Explore TownsendPeaceful Smokies, and the NPS website

Experience Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Video courtesy of Rudy Wilms

Free Custom Training Program for this Race!

No matter your skill level, when you're pushing your limits it's nice to have a little guidance. We're excited to offer FREE training programs for all skill levels.
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Registration Periods

Early: November 15 – March 1
Regular: March 2 – June 7
Late: June 8 – September 11

*There is a limited number of entries to each race, and this event may sell out. If the event is sold out, registration will close regardless of registration period.

One of My Favorite Weekend Getaways in My Lifetime

If you see Dehn, tell him he did a spectacular job coordinating the Yosemite Half. Mom and I had a blast. I get around and the Yosemite Half has been one of my favorite weekend getaways in my lifetime.

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Pamela Ogata

Race Deferment & Credit

You can manage your deferred credit by logging in to RunSignup, clicking Deferrals, and Complete Deferment. From there you can transfer into another race.

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