5K, 10K, Half & Full Marathons

  • 5k races
    Name City Date Website
    Battle of Franklin 5k
    Wear you best historical costume for a chance to win the first ever costume contest at the Battle of Franklin 5k and Fun Run! This walker friendly race begins and finishes at the McGavock Confederate Cemetery.   There is also a quarter mile kids run as well.  Proceeds benefit the maintenance of the Carnton and the Carter House.
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    Franklin 11 November 2017 Battle of Franklin 5k
    Neon Nights for St Jude
    Help raise money for St Jude Children's Hospital at the Nights for St Jude 5k! Race will be held on the Dyersburg Municipal Golf Course.  First 100 participants are guaranteed a shirt.  There will also be finishers medals for participants.  Runners are encouraged to dress in neon colors and Glow In the Dark or an outrageous golfing outfit.
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    Dyersburg 11 November 2017 Neon Nights for St Jude
    Chattanooga Hungry Turkey
    Burn off some of those Thanksgiving calories at the Chattanooga Hungry Turkey 5k!  The course features beautiful views of the Tennessee River. Participants will receive a two-toned hoodie and for those who earned them, a finishers medal. Be sure to grab one of the famous cinnamon rolls at the finish line!
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    Chattanooga 25 November 2017 Chattanooga Hungry Turkey
    Knoxville Turkey Trot
    The Knoxville Track Club host this popular Thanksgiving tradition - the Knoxville Turkey Trot! Participants will meet at the Southern Railway Station. Pre registered runners are guaranteed a shirt. A "no shirt" option is available. Course has an hour and 15 minutes time limit.
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    Knoxville 23 November 2017 Knoxville Turkey Trot
    Gossett Gobble 5k Trail Run
    Looking for a trail Turkey Trot? The Gossett Gobble 5k is held at Harpeth River State Park. This is a family friendly race and suitable for all ages.  Proceeds go to the the Friends of Harpeth River State Park.  Registration for the 5k costs $20.
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    Kingston Springs 23 November 2017 Gossett Gobble 5k Trail Run
    Hill YEAH! 5k
    If you are looking for hills, then it's no surprise that the Hill YEAH! 5k has got plenty of them! The course will take runners through West Meade in Nashville.  Swag guaranteed if registered by December 14. Race begins at 8:30am.
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    Nashville 30 December 2017 Hill YEAH! 5k
    Rudolph's Red Nose Run
    Kick off the Nashville Christmas Parade in this 5k! This race is open to all ages and all levels and is walker friendly. Proceeds of the event go to NeedLink Nashville.  Stick around after the race for the parade, festivities and Santa's arrival!
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    Nashville 2 December 2017 Rudolph's Red Nose Run
    Jingle Bell 5k
    Runners are encourage to wear their favorite Christmas outfit in this 5k run/walk.  Runners, young and old, will receive a pair of reindeer antlers. Participants will receive a shirt. Coffee and hot chocolate will be available.  Proceeds benefit the St Christopher's Catholic Church crisis shelter.
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    Dickson 9 December 2017 Jingle Bell 5k Run/Walk
    5K4MLK
    Join runners as they celebrate racial and cultural diversity in Nashville's 5K4 MLK race! Register early to ensure you get a t-shirt.  Race begins at 7:30am at the East Park Community Center. Proceeds will go to the Barefoot Republic scholarship fund. This race is open to all ages.  (12 and under run for free!)
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    Nashville 15 January 2018 5K4MLK
    Zen Evo Chocolate Lovers Valentine 5K
    Bring your loved ones for this Valentine themed 5k!  Stick around after for post-race hot chocolate and chocolate dipped strawberries. Participants will receive a long sleeve tech shirt and chocolates. There will be a special prize for couples including fastest couple, costumes and more. This race is walker friendly and has a wave start.
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    Knoxville 10 February 2018 Zen Evo Chocolate Lovers Valentine 5K
    Dirty Double Trail Marathon
    The course of this marathon goes through the Forks of the River Wildlife Area, William Hastie Park, Marie Myers Park, Ross Marble Quarry, Ijams Nature Center, Baker Creek Preserve and more. Course has a 7 hour time limit.  This is a cup-less race and runners need to bring their own water bottle/container.  Runners will receive a special edition tech shirt as long as they preregister. Race starts at 9:00am.
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    Knoxville 11 February 2018 Dirty South Trail Half Marathon and Dirty Double Trail Marathon
    Cummins Falls Marathon
    Run along the beautiful Blackburn Fork State Scenic River in this marathon! Runners will be challenged by steep hills but treated to beautiful views as they run on rural back roads in Jackson County. Aid stations will be every 2-3 miles and the course has a 8 hour time limit.  Finishers will receive a medal.  This event will raise funds for the Cummins Falls State Park.
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    Cookeville 24 February 2018 Cummins Falls Marathon

    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.  5Ks are also 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 included 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
    Name City Date Website
    The Man Run 10k
    The UT Medical Center in Knoxville will be hosting its 10th Annual Man Run 10k to raise money for prostate cancer and men's health research. There will be water stations on course and post race refreshments will be available to participants. Register before October 22nd to be guaranteed a shirt.
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    Knoxville 5 November 2017 The Man Run
    Run to Remember 10k
    The Alzheimer's Association hosts the 5th annual Run to Remember 10k race! Proceeds benefits the Alzheimer's Association. Registered runners will receive a shirt. Race begins at the Tennessee Riverpark at 9:00am. Top finishers will receive medals.
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    Chattanooga 18 November 2017 Run to Remember Chattanooga
    Gobble Wobble 10k
    If you are looking to get in to the Thanksgiving spirit, then check out the Gobble Wobble 10k! Proceeds go toward funding the new field complex on Smith County High School campus. Course goes through Crump Paris park and running track, Old Carthage Highway and Smith County Middle School. Preregistered runners are guaranteed a shirt.
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    Carthage 18 November 2017 Gobble Wobble 10k/5k/Fun Run
    Frostbite 10k
    End 2017 off with the Frostbite 10k! This rolling course goes around the Sumner County Family YMCA.  Proceeds benefit the benefit the YMCA of Middle Tennessee's Annual Giving Campaign. Pre registered runners will receive a shirt.  Race begins at 9:30am.
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    Hendersonville 30 December 2017 Frostbite 5k/10k YMCA
    Overton Park 10k
    Come run the Overton Park trails at this winter 10k race. Course will be on Old Forest Trails as well as cross country sections on the golf course.  Stick around after the race for the party and entertainment. Registers runners will receive a shirt. Race begins at 8:00am.
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    Memphis 28 January 2018 Mike Cooley Overton Park 10k Trail Race
    Shamrock Run 10k
    Put on your best St. Patrick's day attire and start the celebrating early at this 10k run.  This flat course will take runners through historic downtown Gallatin.  The 10k race will loop the course twice. The course limit is 90 minutes. Awards will be given to top finishers as well as best St. Patrick's Day costume. Register before February 11 to be guaranteed a race shirt.
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    Gallatin 10 March 2018 Shamrock Run 5k/10k
    Solid Rock 10k
    There will be a new course for this year's Solid Rock 10k hosted by Cedar Bluff Baptist Church. There will be race day registration available.  Pre register to guarantee a shirt. Race begins at 7:45am. Proceeds go toward the church's building program.
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    Knoxville 10 March 2018 Solid Rock 10k/5k/1 Mile Run/Walk
    Chasing Snakes 10k
    Put on your green and celebrate St. Patty's day with the Chasing Snakes 10k!  There is no official time limit, but streets will be closed and support will be available for 90 minutes. Top overall finishers and top age group finishers will receive unique awards include a mug, shamrock medal and handmade pottery. The course is USATF certified.
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    Johnson City 17 March 2018 Chasing Snakes 10k
    DairyPure Dash 10k
    Get moo-ving at the 18th annual DairyPure Dash! The course is flat and fast and has a 90 minute course limit. Finishers will receive a commemorative medal and pre register runners will receive a long sleeve shirt. Post race refreshments include Purity ice cream, milk, fruit, pasta and other beverages. Proceeds benefits the Special Olympics.
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    Nashville 14 April 2018 Purity Moosic City DairyPure Dash
    Ultimate 10k
    This USATF 10k course features rolling hills and takes runners through the  Davies Plantation subdivision in Memphis. Finishers will receive a special medal. Packet pick up will be available at Fleet Feet Sports in Memphis and St. Philip Episcopal Church. Race begins at 8:00am.  There is also a 5k option.
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    Memphis 23 June 2018 Ultimate 10k & 5k

    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.  Less 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 included 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 are 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
    Name City Date Website
    Freeze Your Half Off Half Marathon
    Stay warm at the Freeze Your Half Off Half Marathon!  This complete flat half marathon runs along the Tennessee River on a paved path by the Chickamauga Dam.  Finishers will receive a mug finishers which will be pre-washed to be used at the all-you-eat-breakfast buffet after the race. Shirts are not included with registration but can be purchased separately.  Aid stations will be stocked with Gatorade, GU and other snacks.
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    Chattanooga 7 January 2018 Freeze Your Half Off
    Nashville Half Marathon
    Runners will make there way through the most beautiful and historic parts of Nashville in this half marathon! Race begins and ends at the First Tennessee Park and has a 4 hour time limit.  Gatorade and energy will be available on course.  Finishers will receive a medal and registered runners will receive a gender specific tech shirt.  Stick around for the post race party with refreshments and entertainment!
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    Nashville 11 November 2017 Nashville Half Marathon
    Rockin' Santa Half Marathon
    Get into the holiday spirit with the Rockin' Santa Half Marathon! Runners will make 3 loops on the fairly flat Greenway Course. Christmas music will be playing at the aid stations as well.  Participants will receive a long sleeve Santa themed shirt and hat.   Finishers will receive a medal. This race is walker friendly, but traffic control ends at 1:00pm.
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    Knoxville 16 December 2017 Rock'in Santa Half Marathon
    Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Half Marathon
    Looking for some live music motivation on course?  Then the popular Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Half Marathon is the race for you!  Course will have water, energy gel and energy drink on course.  Course has a 4 hour time limit. Stick around after for the post race concert!
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    Nashville 28 April 2018 Rock 'n' Roll Nashville Half Marathon
    Fall Creek Falls Half Marathon
    With the highest free-falling waterfall east of the Rocky Mountains, the Fall Creek Falls Half Marathon can't be missed!  Course is entirely in Fall Creek Falls State Park. Swag includes a hoodie, gloves and more.  Finishers will receive a medal.  There will be post race food and music.
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    Pikeville 11 March 2018 Fall Creek Falls 50k and Half Marathon
    Oak Barrel Half Marathon
    This challenging course starts and finishes in Lynchburg, passing the Jack Daniel’s Distillery and winding through beautiful rural Moore County. (Be prepared for the steep Whiskey Hill!) The course has a 4 hour time limit. Participants will receive a race shirt, and to those who earn them, a medal. Other swag to be determined. Stick around for post race food at the finish line festival.
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    Lynchburg 7 April 2018 Oak Barrel Half Marathon
    Great American River Run Half Marathon
    As part of the Memphis in May celebration, join runners for the Great American River Run Half Marathon. Course will take runners through Memphis and along the Mississippi River.  Make sure to stick around after the race for a great post race with food, drinks and music!
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    Memphis 26 May 2018 Great American River Run
    Bluegrass Half Marathon
    Celebrate the musical heritage of East Tennessee at the 9th annual Bluegrass Half Marathon! The start and finish is at the Farmer’s Market Pavilion at Founder’s Park. The course is an out and back and mostly flat. There is no race day registration. Race begins at 7:30am. Finishers will receive medallions and registered runners will receive a shirt.
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    Johnson City 30 September 2018 Bluegrass Half Marathon
    Cleveland Half Marathon
    The course of this race runs through Cleveland's downtown business district, Lee University, the Cleveland Greenway, and the historic district. Aid stations will be stocked with Huma energy gels and Nuun electrolyte drink. Finishers will receive a large and very unique finishers medal. Stick around for the post race festival in downtown Cleveland. Race begins at 7:00am.
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    Cleveland 12 May 2018 Cleveland Half Marathon
    Warrior 1/2 Marathon
    Runners will be treated to beautiful views of the Great Smokey Mountains as they run down Veterans Boulevard in this half marathon. Proceeds of the race go to help local soldiers. Pre registered runners are guaranteed a custom shirt and finishers will receive a special award.  Race begins at 9:00am.  There will also be a 10 miler, 5k and 1 mile march.
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    Sevierville 3 March 2018 Warrior 1/2 Marathon, 10k & 5k

    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 2000's 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 included 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
    Name City Date Website
    St. Jude Memphis Marathon
    The scenic course of this marathon takes runners through the St. Jude campus, Overton Park, Overton square and historic neighborhoods and areas before finishing at Autozone Park. Finishers will receive a medal and all registered runners will receive a long sleeve tech shirt. The marathon has a 6 hour time limit and starts 8:00am.  Runners are invited to fundraise for St. Jude, but it is not required. Powerade, Nuun and GU will be available at aid stations.
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    Memphis 2 December 2017 St. Jude Memphis Marathon
    The Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon
    If you are looking for a challenge, check out the Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon.  The race takes place in Percy Warner Park and features plenty of rolling hills, coming out to over 7200 feet of  overall elevation change.  Runners must enter lottery in order to run. Finishers will receive a medal.
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    Nashville 19 November 2017 The Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon
    The Chattanooga Marathon
    The Chattanooga Marathon boasts a course that is great for first timers and marathon veterans alike.  Post race party includes all you can eat food and beer. Participants will receive a short sleeve shirt and finishers medal to those who earned them. The course has a 6 hour time limit and has over 1200 feet of elevation gain.
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    Chattanooga 4 March 2018 The Chattanooga Marathon
    Raccoon Mountain Marathon
    This challenging marathon begins at Laurel Point on top of Raccoon Mountain and features beautiful views, plenty of hills and a mix of trail and road surfaces.  Aid stations will be approximately every 3 miles. Finishers will receive a local handmade wooden medal with your name on it and a glass beer mug.  First time participants receive a faux coonskin cap.  Course has a 9 hour time limit.  There will also be plenty of post race food.
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    Chattanooga 17 March 2018 Raccoon Mountain Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay
    Andrew Jackson Marathon
    This marathon is Tennessee's oldest marathon!  The race begins an ends in historic downtown Jackson.  Runners will make two loops on the scenic 13.1 course.  There will be engraves on site to engrave your name onto the finishers medal.  This race is a Boston qualifier. Make sure to register in advance to guarantee shirt size.
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    Jackson 7 April 2018 Andrew Jackson Marathon
    Knoxville Marathon
    Get a scenic tour of Knoxville in the Knoxville Marathon! The course of this marathon will feature 25 musical acts and 18 aid stations with select ones stocked with GU and Powerade.  This Boston Qualifier has a course limit of 7 hours.  Register runners will receive a technical t-shirt and all finishers will receive a medal and hat.  Race begins at 7:30am.
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    Knoxville 25 March 2018 Knoxville Marathon
    Mountain Man Memorial March
    Join runners in honoring American service members and their families in this marathon. This varied course features a mixture of paved road, gravel road and other uneven terrain as well as rollings hills and steep climbs. There will be aid stations on course about every 3.75 miles.  Race begins in downtown Gatlinburg and goes into the Smokey Mountains.
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    Gatlinburg 14 April 2018 Mountain Man Memorial March

    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 1900's, 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?

    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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