DATE TIME PLACE: Saturday, September 24, 2016, 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 an out an back 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: $45. 10k trail run: $30. All runners MUST pre-register! Mail in entries must be postmarked no later than Friday, September 16, 2016. Online registration available at www.ktc.org/RaceBigSouthFork.html until September 23. KTC Members eligible for $5 discount. Additional picnic lunches are $8.00 each. KTC coupons can be used in lieu of fee. NO LATE OR RACE DAY REGISTRATION.
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 require all runners to carry their own water. If you don't own a handheld, consider purchasing one. Otherwise a basic water bottle will be provided. 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.
KTC Safety Policy: KTC’s mission is to encourage lifelong physical well-being through running and walking. That is accomplished through a variety of events and programming. The Knoxville Track Club puts the safety of its participants, spectators, staff and volunteers first. Dangerous weather conditions pose a unique challenge to an event of any size, distance or location.
Therefore, we have adopted the following Inclement Weather Policy: Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event, with special attention placed on the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds, extreme temperatures and humidity. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these conditions on Knoxville Track Club’s website (www.ktc.org), as well as through other available means of communication such as e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and public address announcements. The Executive Director and Race Director in consultation, when available, with law enforcement, fire/EMS, other medical officers and other officials, will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race. Possible changes include: Altering the start time, altering the course, or in extreme situations cancellation of the event. Visible lightning occurring within 30 minutes of the scheduled start will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 30 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 30-minute increments up to a maximum of 3 delays. Race personnel reserve the right to delay, cancel, or suspend the race or modify the course due to inclement weather. As stated on registration and race pages, there are no refunds or transfers. Participants must abandon the race if ordered to do so by the race personnel, medical staff, fire/paramedics or police personnel.