Located 35 miles Northeast of Knoxville, Panther Creek
State Park will play host to Tennessees newest ultra
trail run: The Dirt Circuit. Offering 12 and 24 hour races, the Dirt Circuit is
sure to deliver a challenge to runners of all backgrounds and abilities.
The Dirt Circuit is approximately 3 miles (5k) of trail
mostly resembling that of a cross country course. The loop course is a
combination of wide and single track trails through fields and woods with two
wooden bridge crossings. The predominantly flat course winds gently around the
park offering many scenic views of Panther Creek. There will be two aid stations
along the course approximately 1.5 miles from each other. The Dirt Circuit
starts and finishes at the soccer fields, which will serve as Base Camp for the
weekend. For this spectator-friendly race, athletes, vendors, family, and
friends are encouraged to enjoy the fun at Base Camp throughout the weekend.
Campers will be permitted to set up their own tents at Base camp beginning
Friday, October 18 at 4:00 pm, and must be packed up by 10:00 am on Sunday,
There are a few registration options depending on your will
Individual - 12 Hour Trail Run ($60 early - $70 reg)
3 Member Relay Team 12 Hour Trail Run ($180 early - $210
6 Member Relay Team 12 Hour Trail Run ($360 early - $420
Individual - 24 Hour Trail Run ($75 early - $85 reg)
3 Member Relay Team 24 Hour Trail Run ($225 early - $255
6 Member Relay Team 24 Hour Trail Run ($450 early - $510
* Registration opens May 10th
* Early registration ends midnight on August 18th
* Registration closes midnight on October 16th
*** Teams of 6 may be split into teams of 3, or relay teams
of 3 may be paired up to make a team of 6. This will be done at our discretion
depending on registration breakdown.
We will order extra shirts, but please register before
August 18th to guarantee your proper size.
Relay teams do not have to hand off at every lap. Teams are
welcome to develop their own game plans for when and who will run next for
All races start at 8:00 am Saturday, October 19. The 24 hour
race will continue through the night. The course will be marked with orange
flags and tape for daytime use and glow sticks for when the sun goes down. Head
lamps are strongly encouraged.
The course may be gentle, but make no mistake. 12 hours of
running is a long time; and 24 hours is just plain crazy!