Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon & 5K

Townsend, TN
5K (Fri. Sep. 6) & Half Marathon (Sat. Sep. 7)

Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon & 5K

Townsend, TN
5K - Friday Sept. 6 (6:30pm)
Half Marathon - Saturday Sept. 7 (7:00am)

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

5K & "Fun Run"

Friday, September 6
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm

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

Early: $40 Nov. 16 – Mar. 3, 2019
Regular:  $55 Mar. 4 – Jun. 9, 2019
Late: $60 Jun. 10 – Sep. 6, 2019

Half Marathon

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

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

Early: $99 Nov. 16 – Mar. 3, 2019
Regular:  $119 Mar. 4 – Jun. 9, 2019
Late: $139 Jun. 10 – Sep. 6, 2019

Black Bear Double

5K + Half Marathon
September 6 & 7

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

Early: $154 Nov. 16 – Mar. 3, 2019
Regular:  $189 Mar. 4 – Jun. 9, 2019
Late: $214 Jun. 10 – Sep. 6, 2019

*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. 6th). Half marathon runners will be shuttled to the start on Saturday (Sep. 7th) 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

Aid Stations

Expect about 6 aid stations on the course beginning around mile 3. Aid stations include toilets, water, Gnarly electrolyte drink, Honey Stinger gels, basic first aid supplies, and sometimes more. 

All stations are cup-free so plan to bring your own hydration solution or request a free HydraPouch when you register. 

Additional Details

Free Training

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