Friday, September 11, 2009

It's race season...

I adore late summer and fall in East Tennessee for a number of reasons: cooler weather, colorful foliage, apple cider and RACE SEASON! There are so many incredible races in and around Knoxville this time of year.

I think the best way to stay tuned-in to upcoming runs is to either be a member of or follow The Knoxville Track Club (KTC). A mere twenty dollar annual membership gets you all kinds of discounts at places like River Sports, Runners Market, New Balance, Gourmets Market and Swim and Tri. You also get discounts on race entry fees and a host of other membership benefits.

If you aren't a member, you can still visit their website for a calendar of upcoming races. Late last week I decided to change my holiday weekend travel plans and so was left with an open weekend. After football festivities on Saturday, I checked out KTC's site and found out about the Jellico Miner's Mile 10K and 5K on Labor Day. So some friends and I headed down to Jellico bright and early on Monday morning and ran an awesome race.

Some notable upcoming races:

Wears Valley 15k in Townsend - Sunday, September 13
Marine Corps Mud Run (5k) in Knoxville - Saturday, September 19
Seymour Rotary 5k - Saturday, October 3
Cross Knox 15k/5k walk - Sunday, October 11
Race for the Cure 5k in Knoxville - Saturday, October 24

Those are just a tiny sampling of the races this season. I hope you consider heading over to to check things out. You'll find details for the above events and all others listed there.

AND, of course, get some runs in!


B said...

This is good info, em. I used to run all the time. I've thought recently of registering for races to regain the motivation. You should hold me accountable.

Wax S. said...

Awesome post, Em. Thanks VERY much for the site reference.

The Modern Gal said...

I love race season! I've already signed up for Race for the Cure (which gets really crowded, so it's not an ideal race, but easy course).

There's also a new sprint triathlon on campus next Sunday -- Volunteer Sprint. I thought about doing it, but my training has been too derailed lately. Very similar to the Trideltathon in the spring.

Unknown said...

I am doing the Volunteer Sprint Triathlon. Indeed, triathlons are another big part of the local race scene, though that season is almost played out for this year. is the place to stay up-to-date with those races. And a BIG one is coming to town next May:

fixie fiend said...

I'll be doing the Volunteer Sprint as my first Tri. The KTC is actually one of the nations largest and most active running clubs, which is good for Knoxville and good for my waste-line. See you all on the road!