Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon & 5K

September 11 & 12, 20​20

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
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Early: $45 Nov. 15 – Mar. 2, 2020
Regular:  $50 Mar. 3 – 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. 2, 2020
Regular:  $129 Mar. 3 – 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. 2, 2020
Regular:  $200 Mar. 3 – 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 the Race Expo, Start line, and 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 Training

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 is now open - Sign up today!

Registration Periods

Early: November 15 – March 2
Regular: March 3 – June 7
Late: June 8 – Race Expo

*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.

When can I sign up for the next one??? :D

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Cristal Porter
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