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The Dirt Circuit

Race Details

12 Hour Trail Run

Off Road
: Ultra Distance

24 Hour Trail Run

Off Road
: Ultra Distance
Race Date: Saturday, October 19, 2013
Start Time: 8:00 AM
Entry Fee: $75 per person
Location: Panther Creek State Park
Address: 2010 Panther Creek Road
City/State/Zip: Morristown, Tennessee 37814
Country: USA
Race Website:

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, October 20.

There are a few registration options depending on your will to suffer:

Individual - 12 Hour Trail Run ($60 early - $70 reg)

3 Member Relay Team 12 Hour Trail Run ($180 early - $210 reg)

6 Member Relay Team 12 Hour Trail Run ($360 early - $420 reg)


Individual - 24 Hour Trail Run ($75 early - $85 reg)

3 Member Relay Team 24 Hour Trail Run ($225 early - $255 reg)

6 Member Relay Team 24 Hour Trail Run ($450 early - $510 reg)


* 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 their team.

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!

Course Information:

The Dirt Circuit begins in the grassy fields across from the pool and tennis courts, near the parks 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
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.

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