Event Description

NOTE: Due to current road and Greenway Trail construction/relocation and other factors, there will be some significant event changes for 2022. The start/finish will likely be hosted at a different location than the Alcoa High School. Also expect changes to the course and aid stations as described below. The construction is expected to be completed by late 2021. We will update this page and the associated maps and other event info to reflect the changes after that.

Event Description
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 selling out before the registration closing date. With distances ranging from the half marathon to the ultra-crazy 150 miler Double Barrel, there’s something for everyone. Runners will score some great swag and some really cool finisher’s awards. They will be spoiled by great volunteers, heated aid station support, warming stations, and camaraderie with plenty of other crazy ultra runners. 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 and sign up? How about these? Run off those extra winter pounds. Try out that fancy new running gear you got for Christmas and have been itching to use. Go for an “easy” ultra before you attempt a big, hairy one on a remote trail. Tackle a longer distance than you’ve done before. Prove you have an ultra in you. Run with friends. Because you can!

So get your summertime bod in shape by running, walking, or crawling(!) multiple loops of approximately 5.5 miles of the lighted, paved linear Alcoa-Maryville Greenway Trail along Pistol Creek. Pick your distance. Options include a the Pistol Creek half and full marathon, or the full-bore Pistol Ultra Run 50K, 50 miler, 100K, and/or 100 miler. There is also a 2 or 3 person relay option for the 50K distance. Each relay leg is only about 10.35 miles long each. For a two person relay, one runner will do two legs.

The event is hosted at Alcoa High School, only a couple of miles from Knoxville’s McGee-Tyson Airport. (As noted at the top of this page, the 2022 location will likely be changing.) On Saturday morning, March 19, 2022, the 50K starts at 7:55 AM EDT, and the 100K/100 Miler both start at 8:00 AM EDT. The 50 Miler starts at 8:00 PM EDT Saturday evening. The half and the full marathon at 8:00 AM EDT Sunday. All races end at 4:00 PM EDT Sunday (a 32 hour cutoff for the 50K/100K/100 miler, 20 hours for the 50 miler, and 8 hours for the half and full marathons). The last official 100 mile finisher wins the coveted Slowest Draw Award!


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