March 16-17, 2019 at Alcoa, Tennessee
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It's coming! An urban ultra in Alcoa, Tennessee (near Knoxville) to start spring off with a bang. This event first started in 2013 and has quickly become very popular, always filling before registration closes. With distances from the family friendly 1 mile fun run/walk to the ultra crazy 100 miler, there's something for everyone. The 50K relay (2 or 3 person), 50K, 100K, and hundo have a generous 30 hour time limit, the 50 miler has 18 hours, the 1 and 10 miler have 6 hours. There's even the super crazy double barrel race for those who want to do both the 50K/50 miler, or the absolutely insane 100K/50 miler distances back-to-back! Runners score some great swag, enjoy the optional tasty pre-race pasta dinner, get pampered by some really nice volunteers, lots of heated aid station support, warming stations, camaraderie with plenty of other crazy ultra runners, and some really cool finishers awards. This is a great race for first time and seasoned ultra runners alike. Walkers are welcome too. We’re here to have a good time!
The best part about being finished was receiving the cool belt buckle which is a pistol and the barrel even spins! It is my favorite buckle so far. The Pistol Ultra was a great race with wonderful runners encouraging each other as we passed one another each lap.Kathy Smith, 2013 Overall Women's Winner - 100 Miler, 17:03:14
I came across The Pistol Ultra and expected an event with minimal support, no volunteers, and a lonely finish in the dark. I was surprisingly wrong. Will Jorgensen has put together a top notch race that represents Tennessee well.Greg Armstrong, 2013 Overall Winner - 100 Miler, 16:21:33
The Pistol Ultra is an amazing event. I have done several running and cycling events and this by far was the most organized event. I truly would not have been able to conquer this challenge without the support of my husband and friends and the enthusiastic support from all the helpful volunteers and race directors. Thanks for making this an amazing experience!Maysoun Geizer, 2014 Overall Female Winner - 100K, 10:34:00
I was not sure what to expect when I first registered for The Pistol Ultra, as it was my first ultramarathon, now I can not wait for The Pistol Ultra in 2015! The entire experience was fantastic. I can not express enough thanks to the race committee, volunteers, and fellow runners for all the their hard work and support. This an amazing race that I hope will continue to grow and be held for many years to come. See you all again next year!Jenny Vance, 2014 Overall Female Winner - 50K, 3:53:07
These [Aid Stations] were incredibly good, well stocked and the folk just couldn't do enough for you, I never filled up my bottle once, grabbed off me, filled and returned in flash!Travis Willcox, 2014 Finisher - 100 Miler
I knew that if I ever wanted a place to battle it out for a 100 mile personal best –this was the race to do it. From the get-go, it was clear that the RD, Will Jorgensen, and his entire team, had meticulously planned out everything from the registration to the finish line, and anything in between. We were in good hands. I was happy to relax and let my mind get to work.Ashley Walsh, 2014 Overall Female Winner - 100 Miler, 19:20:59
Race director Will Jorgensen and fellow volunteers (major shout out to Malinda Honkus, volunteer coordinator) outdid themselves this year on putting together what one would only call a Class-A event.Melissa Huggins, 2014 Finisher - 100 Miler, 28:21:32
I can’t say enough how impressed I am of this race. The race director and his wife poured their heart and soul out into this race and you can tell. It is a topnotch race and is one that every runner should come out and try. The weather in Tennessee during this time of the year is perfect to run in. The weather on top of a well thought out race and an awesome cast of fellow runners and volunteers and you have a race that is a must run.James Barnard, 2014 Overall Winner - 100 Miler, 15:46:34
From the beginning to the end I was so impressed. I've never in my 20 years of competitive running seen a more committed crew from the race director to the volunteers on the course. The attention to detail was amazing: from the pre-race emails to the race day event. I'm unsure if Will Jorgensen is an engineer by trade but not a single detail went missed. Nothing.Stewart Ellington, 2014 2nd Place Solo Winner - 50K, 3:18:34
Every effort was made by the volunteers and Race Director to keep the participants moving toward their goals. Anyone doing their first ultra and especially their first 100 should consider this event.Michael Montgomery, 2014 Finsher - 100K, 15:31:12
I love and recommend The Pistol Ultra event. It’s a well-run event by friendly people in a beautiful area. It is a perfect event for your first ultra. The 11 mile lap course is on a scenic recreational trail, the footing is secure, there’s great support every couple of miles, good food, warmth, and great volunteers. Put The Pistol Ultra on your “to do” list!Jeff Galloway, 1972 Olympian
I ran my first ultra this year at The Pistol Ultra in Alcoa, TN. I had an awesome experience! The course was very well laid out and the volunteers and staff could not have been more helpful. After running 17 big-city marathons, this was a welcome change of scenery and atmosphere. Everyone was very relaxed and encouraging...I was delighted to run the course record and am putting this event on my calendar for 2016. Thank you to all involved!Thomas Frazer, 2015 Overall Winner - 50K, 2:58:00
This is one of the best races is the nation. The course is perfect to run your first 100, or to set a new PR. The event is organized impeccably from packet pickup through final awards. The race is put on by ultra-runners for ultra-runners...they know what we runners need to make us feel special, and it shows!Steve Barber, 2015 Overall Winner - 100 Miler, 15:39:34