5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
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    About 5k races

    A 5K is the shortest of the common running event distances, consisting of 3.1 miles (5 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or social, depending on the particular event you are looking into running.  5Ks are the most popular of road running events because of their relatively short distance which allows not only the seasoned runners to run, but novice runners, joggers, and newcomers as well. Not just the 5K races in Tennessee, but generally all 5Ks are something fun for families to do together.

    How did we choose the best 5K events in Tennessee?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the course has been around, the race swag and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 5K races in Nashville?

    Nashville offers a variety of races, including popular holiday races like the Rudolph's Red Nose Run that precedes the Nashville Christmas parade and the 5K4MLK on Martin Luther King Day weekend.   Other popular 5ks in Nashville include Hill YEAH! 5k and the Super Run 5k.

    What are the best 5K races in East Tennessee?

    There are many popular 5ks in East Tennessee!  If you are looking for a holiday-themed 5k, there is the popular Knoxville Turkey Trot in Knoxville and the Chattanooga Hungry Turkey 5k.  A popular Valentine themed race is the Zen Evo Chocolate Lovers Valentine 5K in Knoxville.

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  • 10k races
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    About 10k races

    A 10K is one of the most common running event distances, consisting of 6.2 (10 kilometers).  These events can either be competitive or more for fun, depending on the particular "box" or bracket you feel fit into.  They are twice the distance of the 5K and still relatively short in distance.  Fewer runners tend to participate than the 5K, but these events still get a lot of not only seasoned runners but novice runners and joggers in attendance.

    How did we choose the best 10K events in Tennessee?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the course has been around, the race swag and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best 10K races in Memphis?

    Memphis offers a variety of races and in terms of 10k races, the best ones include the Ultimate 10k, the Overton Park 10k and the CHF Race for Hope 10k.

    What are the best 10K races in Nashville?

    There is no shortage of fun races in Nashville.  The best 10k races include the DiaryPure Dash 10k and the Back in the Day 10k.  Nearby races include the Shamrock Run 10k in Gallatin, Viva la Diva 10k in Franklin and the Frostbite 10k in Hendersonville.

     

     

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  • Half marathons
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    About Half marathons

    A Half Marathon event consists of running 13 miles (21 kilometers) and as the label suggests, is half of a standard Marathon of 26 miles.  The popularity, participants of the half marathon distance, and its events have significantly grown since the early 2000s and they continue to do so, with massive events popping up all over the states.  The growth rate of participants for the half marathon distance is currently higher than that of the full.

    How did we choose the best Half Marathon events in Tennessee? 

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event. Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered. Other factors include how long the course has been around, the bling and medals, what runners thought of them and how scenic the course is.

    What are the best half marathons in Nashville? 

    There is no shortage of great races in Nashville and the surrounding areas.  One of the most popular races series in the country is the Rock 'n' Roll Half Marathon, and the Rock 'n' Roll Nashville half marathon is among one of the favorites. Also, Nashville's own Nashville Half Marathon is a popular and much-loved race.

    What are the best half marathons in East Tennessee? 

    If you are looking for a half marathon with beautiful views, be sure to check out the Warrior 1/2 marathon featuring views of the Great Smokey Mountains.  Another race with beautiful views is the Fall Creek Falls Half Marathon.  And if you are looking for a fun, holiday race, be sure to check out the Rockin' Santa Half Marathon.

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  • Marathons
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    About Marathons

    Marathon events consist of 26 miles (42 kilometers) and the courses are typically laid out through roads. Starting in the Olympics in the early 1900s, marathons have quickly picked up in popularity and in 2017 there are currently more than 800 events being held in North America, and that number is consistently growing.  Over 90% of these marathons are being held in the United States, with 7%  being held in Canada.  About 72% of these marathons are certified, which means they are Boston Marathon Qualifiers.  September and October are the most popular months for marathon events, with over 100 in each month.

    How did we choose the best Marathon events in Tennessee?

    We checked what events runners looked for the most and we compared statistics on how many runners held interest in any given event.  Feedback left by runners who participated in the course was also considered.  Other factors include how long the event has been around, the runner perks and Finisher's Medals, what runners thought of the event and how scenic the 26.2-mile course is.

    What are the best marathons in East Tennessee?

    There are several popular races in Tennessee. If you are looking for a challenge, be sure to check out the Raccoon Mountain Marathon in Chattanooga which features beautiful views and mix of road and trails. If you are looking for a great road race, the Chattanooga Marathon and Knoxville Marathon are great choices.  Whether you are looking for a road race, a trail race or a race that has a mix of both, Tennessee offers plenty of great choices.

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