Start spring off with a bang at this urban ultra on a paved greenway trail in Alcoa, TN (near Knoxville). This event started in 2013 and has quickly become very popular, always filling before the registration closing date. With distances from the 1 mile family fun run/walk to the ultra crazy 100 miler, there's something for everyone. Runners score some great swag, enjoy the optional tasty pre-race pasta dinner (with vegetarian option), are pampered by some really nice volunteers, enjoy 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!
Need some good reasons to get off the couch? How about these? Run off those extra winter pounds, try out any fancy new running gear you got for Christmas and have been itching to use, try an "easy" ultra before you attempt a big, hairy one on a remote trail, try a longer distance than you’ve done before, to prove you have an ultra in you, to run with friends, because you can....
So...get your summertime bod in shape by running, walking (or crawling!) multiple loops on approximately 5.5 miles of the lighted, paved Alcoa-Maryville Greenway linear path along Pistol Creek. Pick your distance. Options include a mini Pistol 1 mile family friendly fun run/walk, a 10 mile, then the full bore Pistol Ultra 50K, 50 mile, 100K, and 100 miler. There is also a 2 or 3 person relay option for the 50K distance. The 3 relay legs are only about 10.35 miles long each. For a two person relay, one runner will do two legs. The exchange zone is near the start/finish area.
This will be held on the Alcoa-Maryville Greenway, Tennessee (Knoxville’s McGee Tyson airport is just a couple miles from the start.) The 50K starts at 7:55 AM and the 100K/100 Miler start at 8 AM Saturday morning, March 17, 2018. (Times are Eastern Daylight Savings Time.) The 50 Miler starts at 8 PM Saturday evening. The mini Pistol 10 Miler starts at 7:55 AM Sunday morning and the 1 mile Family Fun Run/Walk at 8 AM Sunday. All races end 30 hours later (18 hours for the 50 Miler, 6 hours for the 10 Miler) at 2 PM Sunday. The last official 100 mile finisher wins the coveted Slowest Draw Award!