DATE TIME PLACE: Saturday, September 23, 2017, at 8:30 am (Eastern Daylight Time). Starts and finishes at the Bandy Creek Campground in the Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area.
COURSE DESCRIPTION: This 17.5 Mile out-and-back, loop course starts and ends at the John Litton General Slavens Trailhead. The first 1.5 miles is paved and gravel, with the balance being a single track trail. Aid stations at (roughly) 3.5, 5, 12, and 14 miles. 10k course is a loop course consisting primarily of single track trail. Course closes 1:30 pm.
DIRECTIONS AND LODGING: From Knoxville, take I-75 north to Oneida, Exit 141 (40 minutes) and follow the signs to Big South National River and Recreation Area. Proceed to the Bandy Creek Campground. Camping space is available at the Bandy Creek Campground. Reservations can be made through the NPS reservation service (www.nps.gov) at 1.800.365.CAMP. GPS coordinates for start: 36.490481, -84.700717
REGISTRATION AND FEES: 17.5 mile trail race: $50. 10k trail run: $30. All runners MUST pre-register! Mail in entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 15, 2017. Online registration available at www.ktc.org/RaceBigSouthFork.html through 11:59 pm September 20. KTC Members eligible for $5 discount. Additional picnic lunches are $8.00 each. KTC coupons can be used toward fee. NO LATE OR RACE DAY REGISTRATION. NO REFUNDS AND NO BIB TRANSFERS.
SHIRTS: Each 17.5 Mile runner will receive a limited edition long-sleeve BSF Trail Race sweatshirt. Each 10k runner will receive a short-sleeve cotton T-shirt. If you choose the no shirt option, deduct $5 from fee for either race.
AWARDS: Top 3 Overall, top Masters (40+), Grandmasters (50+), Veterans (60+) for Male and Female. Awards to the top Clydesdale (male, 200 lbs+) and Athena (female, 150 lbs+). Overall winners not eligible for age division awards (three deep). Age divisions grouped in 5-year increments starting with 14—19
POST RACE CELEBRATION: All runners are invited to a family picnic in the staging area immediately after the race. Extra meal tickets $8.00.
RESULTS: Results will be available on the Knoxville Track Club website: www.ktc.org
COURSE ETIQUETTE: We reserve the right to disqualify anyone who exhibits unsportsmanlike conduct or is abusive to volunteers. Due to insurance regulations, no headsets, earphones, bicycles, baby strollers, roller blades or pets on the course.
SAFETY: Aid and water stations will be provided, but in an effort to be greener, we urge all runners to carry their own water.If you don't own a handheld, consider purchasing one. Otherwise a basic water bottle may be provided and custom TTT bottleholders will be for sale inexpensively. We also strongly recommend that anyone sensitive to insect stings or bites carry their own medication. Finally, we urge that everyone do some pre-race training offroad, as there is no substitute for experience. We want you to have a good time.
INFO FOR RUNNING OR VOLUNTEERING: Contact Race Director Bobby Glenn at 865.548.7664 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For more Treadin' Trodden Trails Series information, call Michael deLisle at 865.548.4718 or email email@example.com. For Big South Fork information, please call 931.879.3625.