Join the Tennessee Stormwater Association (TNSA), University of Tennessee and Knox County Stormwater for Knoxville's inaugural Tennessee River Runoff 5K & Cheers to Clean Water Celebration -- an event showcasing the ways that we can help to protect our local streams and rivers with green infrastructure! The 5K-certified, chip-timed race will take runners and walkers through the campus of the University of Tennessee, passing by rain gardens, bioswales, created wetlands, and other methods that UT uses throughout campus to lessen water pollution. Racers will also get to catch a view of the Tennessee River.
The race will begin and end at the UT Gardens, where the Cheers to Clean Water Celebration will celebrate the importance of clean water for happy and healthy communities. Here, attendees can enjoy local craft beer while exploring the world of water quality and stream health by visiting our educational vendor booths, and checking out a local band, The Pinklets! Kids can participate in the on-site scavenger hunt, as well as other kid-friendly water activities.
Participants who run the 5K will receive a stretchy bandana, and those participating in the Cheer to Clean Water Celebration will receive a custom glass with 3 drink tickets, each good for one 10oz craft beer. Participants in both the 5K and the Celebration will receive both gifts. Runners who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd in their gender/age group will receive a prize.
We also have booked the Pinklets to play during the Cheers to Clean Water Celebration. The Pinklets are a local band with a recent line-up that has included Bonnaroo 2016, the 2017 Rhythms & Blooms festival, and the WDVX Six o’clock Swerve, and has a local, growing following. www.reverbnation.com/thepinklets4
For a little extra competition, team discounts are also available! This option is great for organizations that have that competitive spirit and want to challenge others! Discounts ($5 per registration) will be applied during checkout for teams of 4 or more. There will be awards for the top three teams with the lowest average time!
Registration/check-in begins at 5pm, and the race will begin at 6pm. The Cheers to Clean Water Celebration will start at 6pm go until dark (about 9pm). Valid identification must be shown at registration in order to receive a wristband for adult beverages at the Celebration. Free parking is available on site at 2518 Jacob Dr (Lot C4). Rain or shine. There will be a food truck on site. Dogs are permitted (on leash). All proceeds go to TNSA, a nonprofit organization that advocates for protecting and improving the quality of the waters of Tennessee.
Thank you to our event sponsors: Erosion Supply Inc., Tennessee Concrete Association, GRW, Vaughn & Melton, Fulghum MacIndoe, Civil & Environmental Consultants (CEC), and Forterra