The Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department Pigeon River 5K is unique and a great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee along the Pigeon River. This event offers participants an option to run a standard 5K at 2:00 pm and/or to join a 5K Color Fun Walk/Run at 3:00 pm. The course is flat and very scenic traveling through the Appalachian Mountains. The BONUS to this run, is that it is helping to fund the opening of the new fire station in Hartford. This station will provide protection for the 11 rafting companies which raft the Pigeon River, I-40 and the community of Hartford. This event will be an excellent event for the whole family. There will also be several bounce houses available for kids at the event.
Registration will open at noon. There is plenty of parking in the small rafting community at nearby parking lots. The course will start in front of Rafting in The Smokies – Pigeon River Rafting, Ziplining & Family Adventures. The 5K Run will start at 2:00 pm and the 5K Color Fun Run/Walk will start at 3:00 pm. The Sheriff’s Department will close the course (Hartford Road) just before the run. The relatively flat course will travel Hartford Road towards Lindsey Gap Bridge and return to Hartford. Run waivers will need to be signed at registration. Those participating in the Color Run will also need to bring appropriate clothing and eye protection for this run. There will be several options for food, before, during and after the runs. Local and regional firefighters joining us in the run are welcome to wear turnouts.