5K and Fun Run

The Course

The 5K course is going to be in Townsend, TN, on the Townsend Historical Trail. The race will finish in front of the Tally Ho Inn. Check out the course and elevation map below. Start time is 6:30pm sharp!

*Please note: Because a portion of the 5K runs through a grass field and the other portion is on a running path, strollers are not allowed in the 5K in order to alleviate congestion.


We’re excited to be offering a 5K at the Great Smoky Mountains race! The pricing below reflects our timed race but you can also save $5 by registering for the fun run! You’ll get the same shirt and finisher medal, but you will not be timed for the awards.

Aid Station

There will be one aid station on the course near the half way point (mile 1.5). The aid station will have water, Gnarly, and bathrooms. Like the half marathon, the 5K race will be cupless!

Bib Pickup

The expo begins at 1:00 pm on Friday September 7th, where 5K and Black Bear Double runners will have until 6:00 pm to pick up their bib. 5K registration is available until 5:00 pm.

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Registration Periods

Early: June 29–Aug. 26, 2018
Regular: Aug. 27–Jan. 13, 2018
Late: Jan. 14–Race Expo