Located 35 miles Northeast of Knoxville, Panther Creek
State Park will play host to Tennessee’s 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!
The Dirt Circuit begins in the grassy fields across from the
pool and tennis courts, near the park’s entrance. The fields will serve as Base
Camp for the weekend. The course is moderate to easy in difficulty and
resembles that of a cross country course. Runners will start the loop on a
single track trail through open fields and mild rolling hills. The trail will
lead to a road crossing (first road crossing of two) before continuing on to
wooded forest. Please look both ways when crossing the paved road segments. The
trail widens as it winds its way through the woods and arrives at the second
paved road. There will be an aid station shortly after the paved road, which is
located approximately half way through the circuit. Runners will then make a
left turn to cross a small wooden bridge. The trail gets a little bit more
technical for the short segment of course through the woods. Runners will then
cross the same wooden bridge and rejoin the main trail. After a few hundred
yards, the course arrives at the start/lap line and runners will have the
opportunity to fuel up or make an exchange with relay members. • • •
• Course Map
From West on I-40 travel through Knoxville and take Exit 394 (Hwy. 11E North). This is about 35 miles from the park and Morristown.
From North on I-81 take Exit 12 (Hwy 160). Travel North on 160 to Hwy. 11E, turn right and then take the next left. The park is approximately 2.5 miles on the right.
From Gatlinburg, get on I-40 East and take Exit 417 (Hwy. 92). Travel toward Jefferson City. At the light, turn right (Hwy. 11E North). Travel to Morristown and Panther Creek State Park.• • •
• Map & Directions
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