Treadin' Trodden Trails 2013 - Trail Racing Series Archive


Since 2004, KTC has offered a slate of offroad races designed to both challenge veteran trail runners and entice and nurture newcomers to the sport. First as the Mayors Cup Series of Off Road Racing, which for four years drew small but enthusiastic crowds of trail buffs to wonderful and oft underutilized city and county parks for races on single track trails and on grass, then as an XTerra series, the series offered anywhere from half a dozen or more venues in the Knoxville area for trail racing.

In 2008, KTC formed a Trails Committee and charged the group with presenting a comprehensive schedule of off road events to attract larger crowds and bring trail running to the forefront of running consciousness, and since then the series has expanded to more than a dozen races annually at not only city and county parks, but state parks throughout East Tennessee.

The committee presents the following schedule for the 2012-2013 Treadin' Trodden Trails Off Road Racing Series. We enter the season with a measure of anticipatory joy but also a deep sense of abiding grief at the loss of our brother and fellow Trail Committee member, Kerry Trammell, who passed away on January 10, 2013. Our 2013 season is dedicated to him.

Special 10 Race Registration Deal - EXPIRED!
Spring/Summer 2013

Much like the last few years, Treadin' Trodden Trails will offer a multi-race discount for runners who register online - PRIOR to the Wanderers' Trail Race - for each of the first ten races of the series. For those who choose the Dirty South Trail Half as their third race, the deal is once again the first ten for a mere $80. Those who wish to run the Dirty Double Trail Marathon can run all ten for only $100. Where else can you have so much fun for next to nothing? Deal expires 1/18/2013.

Online registration for 10 Race Series Deal

Wanderers' Trail Race
January 20, 2013

Kathy Smith - race director

This roughly four miles course meanders through the woods, crossing hills, dales, rocks, roots, streams, grassy knolls, and the occasional bit of asphalt.

DIRECTIONS: From Knoxville, take Pellissippi Parkway or Alcoa Highway toward McGee-Tyson airport. Past the airport, bear left toward Maryville on 35 (N. Hall Road) for 3 miles, then turn right onto 321 (Lamar Alexander Parkway). Turn left onto S. Court Street, then turn left into the Maryville College campus. Take your next two right turns, going by the baseball field, then between two football fields. Race begins and ends at the pavilion next to the College Cemetery. Or just point your new-fangled GPS device to latitude 35.749133, longitude -83.960869

Race Information and Entry form
Online registration

Dark Hollow Wallow
February 17, 2013

Bobby Glenn - race director

For the second time, the TTT will return to the wooded hollows of Big Ridge State Park east of Norris near Maynardville. This 11 mile course delves into long forgotten, mud-slogged crevasses thought to be haunted by haints, demons, banshees, phantoms, and poltergeists. We will also offer a five-mile option for those who choose to spend a bit less time on the trail, although Grand Prix points will only be awarded for the longer race. A splendid time is guaranteed for all.

Race Information and Entry form
Online registration

Dirty South Trail Half and Dirty Double Trail Marathon
March 10, 2013

Leah Jones - race director

The big news is that we're moving this great event from Fall to Spring in order to utilize the entire Urban Wilderness Loop that we were unable to run in November 2012 because of hunting in Forks of the River. Even bigger news is that we will offer a Dirty Double (that's a marathon for those math-challenged runners) that will run the loop twice, once in each direction.

The course runs clockwise beginning at Anderson South Head Start in South Knoxville, then running down into the William Hastie Natural Area, Marie Myers Park, the Ross Marble Quarry Trail system at Ijams Nature Center, and the Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area (sans hunters!), before touring the Helix Trail System on private land and returning along Lost Chromosome to the start. Marathon runners will turn around at the half marathon finish line and run the course in reverse. What a treat! What a trail!

Entry Form
Online Registration
Course Map NEW!

I.C. King of Trails Race
March 30, 2013

Chris George - race director

A delightful circuit of single-track trails, the system at I.C. King Park south of Knoxville offers many miles of winding, hilly footpaths. Frequented by mountain bikers as well as runners, the area is a hidden gem just five miles south of the University of Tennessee.

The 2013 race will be limited to 100 runners, due to parking constraints and desire to not overwhelm the trail itself, and will be handicapped by age and gender. For more information, click here. Also, since the race will again be held on Easter weekend, expect some holiday-related shenanigans from the race director.

Entry form
Online registration
Trail maps & information
2012 Course map

Wild West Ridge Run
April 21, 2013

Jerry Monroe - race director

A trail runner and mountain biker's paradise, Haw Ridge Park between Oak Ridge and Knoxville offers more than 25 miles of tantalizing trails worthy of the most astute outdoorsman. For years, the committee felt the extensive trail system at Haw could support more than just a single trail race, and in 2011 we added this venue to the TTT race schedule, introducing trail buffs to hills and dales not previously trodden in races.

Race director Jerry Monroe has changed the course this year, and while different, it still clambers up and down the main ridge of the park more than once and offer plenty of challenge and reward for the intrepid trail racer. Running as a morning race for the first time in a while, this is not one to miss.

Entry form
Online registration
2013 Course Map
More trail maps & information

Panther Creek Challenge
May 18, 2013

John LeCroy - race director

Once again the Treadin' Trodden Trails series will travel thirty-five miles northeast of Knoxville to Panther Creek State Park, a verdant and wondrous paradise of woods and lake, for an arduous romp through the forest. The main race will be about ten miles in length, and this year for the first time we will offer a five-mile option that will still present runners with a good test of their fitness, as well as offer a delightful tour of the park. Points will only accrue in the ten mile race, however.

The course will begin at the overlook in the northwest corner of the park, descend a steep singletrack, and then wind up, down, and around, in a dizzying ten-mile series of circuitous loops through the woods and along the glittering waters of the lake. Last year's third annual event was extremely well received and this year's promises once again to be an event not to be missed by the avid trailster.

Entry form
Online registration
Course Map

Stalk Your Quarry Trail Race
June 2, 2013

Scott Gibson - race director


The ten mile course will start in the parking lot at Ijams Nature Center in South Knoxville and will begin by winding through the lush, wooded hills behind the nature center, then explore exhilarating stretches of new singletrack, including the brand new Barnett Ridge and Ross Marble trails, that await in the Ross Marble Quarry area, then tackle Tharp's Trace clockwise. With that ordeal done, runners cross back over the road and engage more of Ijams' trail system, including a breathtaking ascent of the Tower Trail, before winding to a halt near the pavillion. The five mile option coincides with the long course, merely turning back sooner (and missing some of the best trails!) Grand Prix points awarded only for the long course.

Entry form
Online registration
Course Map

Lakeshore Trail Trek
June 22, 2013

Kathy Smith - race director

New in 2012 was a well-received steambath of a race that traced a relatively unknown but delightful trail that snakes along the east bank of what used to be the Little Tennessee River southeast of Lenoir City. For 2013 the route will change into one of 8.2 miles, beginning in the same place, the Coytee Trailhead of the East Lakeshore Trail system, but this time head north to Glendale. On the way back it will loop around Coytee to finish at the bridge. The four mile course turns around at the first aid station and also loops around Coytee to the bridge. Both races will be timed but only the long race will earn Grand Prix Points. Course closes 11:45 am.

Entry form
Online registration
2013 Course Map - NEW!

Hann Jive Six-Miler
July 14, 2013

Michael deLisle - race director

One of the main architects and benefactors of the Urban Wilderness is Brian Hann, who as President of the Appalachian Mountain Bike Club not only helped mastermind design of much of the corridor but generously allows easement to many miles of trail that ramble about his private land. With his cooperation we offer another new race for summer 2013, a relatively short but delightful six mile course that will twist, turn, and meander so many times only those who've run there multiple times will have a clue where they are. And don't forget our unintentional but well-deserved reputation for race courses that somehow end up longer than we announce.

Entry form
Online registration
Course Map updated 6/3/13
Trail maps & information

Haw Ridge Trail Race
August 10, 2013

Laura Gearhiser - race director

This grand race was birthed in the early 2000s by Runners Market's Kevin Pack and bequeathed to us a few years ago. Since its inception the race has been contested at 5:30pm on the hottest Friday afternoon of the summer (TGIF!) but this year, for the first time, we're changing that. No, not the 5:30 part, but the Friday part. Since some folks have expressed regret that the unusual starting time makes it difficult to either get off work in time or travel to the race in time, we're moving the race this year—experimentally—to Saturday afternoon, hopefully allowing participation by even more members of the trail running community. Other than that, no big changes this year. Plan on lots of fun!

The race will be contested along the eastern portion of the park, and although some hills present themselves, the lakeside sections of trail are not prohibitively challenging. Covering varied terrain and offering beautiful scenery, the race will be approximately seven miles in length. A course map from a past race appears here, but there's a substantial chance the course could change at least slightly. Postrace festivities typically last till dusk, with plentiful food and drink available.

Entry form
Online registration
Trail maps & information
2011 Course Map

Norris Dam Hard Trail Race
September 1, 2013

Larry Brede, Michael deLisle, Carl Epley, Laura Gearhiser, Scott Gibson, Bobby Glenn, Leah Jones, John LeCroy, Jerry Monroe, Tony Owens, and Kathy Smith - race directors. And even with all of us pitching in together, we will never be able to replace Kerry

Here, adjacent to the Clinch River above and below Norris Dam, many miles of trails await the avid trail runner. From the nearly level trail paralleling Lower Clear Creek, to the knee-stiffening, quad-busting grades of Ridgecrest and Lakeside, the trails in and around the Norris Municipal Watershed and Norris Dam State Park offer a challenging and rewarding array of single-track and jeep roads.

Racers can choose a single loop course, which again this year will be 25k, or a double loop option that will total 50k. The single loop sends runners along a new five mile section of trail along Norris Lake, then explores the eastern part of the watershed before returning with a heart pounding ascent, then a downhill finish.The second loop will mostly run the first one in reverse, with a few slight modifications. As always, a festive award ceremony and picnic celebrationwill follow at the adjacent pavilion.

DIRECTIONS: From Knoxville: Take I-75 north to exit 122. Turn right off exit towards Norris. From the top of the exit ramp, go 1.4 miles, then turn left on Hwy 441/Norris Freeway. Go about 4.8 miles, then when you approach the dam, turn right at the Norris State Park cabin/campground. Go up the hill about a quarter of a mile to the 2nd pavilion on your right.

NOTE: 50k has 8 hour time limit and 25k has a 3¾ hour limit. Also, 50k runners must complete the 25k in 3½ hours to continue.

Start: Shelter 2 Norris Dam State Park East Entrance. Leave shelter run to Tea Room. Take Tall Timbers Trail to bottom of hill……down steps…..turn right at bottom of the hill to the NEW lake View Trail. New Trail turns left and goes down steep hill. Stay on Lake View Trail for 5 miles. Trail will intersect with Highpoint Trail, turn left. Take Highpoint Trail to Upper Clear Creek Rd. Turn left…..up the hill……to the Boundary Trail, turn right. Take Boundary Trail to Belmont Trail, turn right back to Upper Clear Creek. At Upper Clear Creek, turn left to Red Hill. At Red Hill Trail turn right. Follow Red Hill Trail by Cemetery to the White Pine Trail. Turn left on White Pine Trail….at gate on left…..follow White Pine Trail down hill to Clear Creek Trail. Turn right on Clear Creek Trail. Follow Clear Creek Trail to Bridge. At Bridge, turn right on High Point Trail. 100 yds, turn left on Ridgecrest Trail. Follow Ridgecrest Trail to Freeway Trail. Turn left on Freeway Trail. Follow Freeway Trail to Longmire Trail, turn right. Follow Longmire Trail back to Highpoint Trail. Turn left on Highpoint Trail. At top of hill, turn left on road and returns to shelter. Turn right at split in road. Once in park, follow markers to finish.

Entry form
Online registration
Maps & information

Big South Fork 17.5 Mile or 10k Trail Race
September 28, 2013

Bobby Glenn, Race Director

One of the most well-respected trail races in the east, the Big South Fork Trail Race has attracted avid trail runners from throughout the region. Since its inception in the mid-1990's, Race Director Bobby Glenn has presented a trail racing classic suitable for hardcore ultra enthusiasts as well as road runners looking for a challenging introduction to off road running.

The course starts and ends at the John Litton General Slavens Trailhead. The first 1½ miles is paved and gravel, with the balance being a single track trail. After a short paved section to exit the campground, runners will follow the gravel road out of the campground area. After about 1 mile on the gravel, runners will enter the trail and descend through the John Litton Farm to the Litton/Slavens trail. Taking a left there, they continue 2½ miles to the Grand Gap Loop. Taking a right there, they follow the 6.8 mile Grand Gap Loop, and then return the entire 5.1 miles to the trailhead via the Litton/Slavens trail. Aid stations at (roughly) 3.5, 8.5, 12, and 14 miles. Course closes in 5 hours.

New last year was a 10k option, a loop course that is primarily singletrack, that will again be offered for 2013.

There is no day of race registration, so sign up early!

Entry form
Online registration
Race Information

North Boundary Challenge - CANCELED FOR 2013!!!
October 26, 2013

Tony Owens - race director

RACE CANCELED BY DOE DUE TO FEDERAL SHUTDOWN. After a one-year hiatus, TTT had planned to return to North Boundary, a 1300 acre wooded playland turned over to the City of Oak Ridge by the DOE for public use, to offer another tour of the hilly trails straddling Black Oak Ridge. The main loop traversing the area is gravel jeep road but singletrack trails spur off at a number of points and would have been included in the race course. Distance was planned to be about sixteen miles, but for this year at least, there will be no race.Stay tuned for more info.

Entry form
Online registration
Trail System map

The Trail That Can't Be Concord
November 16, 2013

Larry Brede - race director

This trail system off Northshore Drive out near Farragut is largely unknown to the tens of thousands who live within minutes of its trailheads. Solely single-track offerings wind and climb up and down through thick undergrowth beneath a dense tree canopy along Fort Loudoun Lake. We've run this race many times in the spring and summer but never in the fall, so this should be interesting.

This year's Trail that Can’t be Concord will be run as a prediction run. No timing devices are allowed on the course, including watches, phones, iPods, friends, relatives, etc. (exception: you can carry a sundial with Race Director approval). At the start of the race each runner will record their predicted finish time with the race support crew. The closest runners to their predicted times win.

Entry form
Online registration
Trail maps & information