Heritage High School on Tuckaleechee Pike
Great Smoky Mountain Heritage Centre
The point-to-point course for the race begins just outside Maryville in the small community of Hubbard, where runners will leave the starting line from Heritage High School. From there, they’ll spend much of the next several miles on Old Walland Highway, which will carry them through the small town of Walland on the way to nearby Townsend, where the race will finish.
Along the way, runners can expect a very gradual climb over the race’s 13.1 miles, punctuated with small rolling hills throughout. The climb will probably be barely perceptible for large parts of the race, as you’ll start at an elevation of about 880 feet above sea level and finish at just under 1,100 feet — an elevation gain of only about 130 feet during the race.
The race unfolds mostly along the Old Walland Highway, Cameron Road and Webb Road all the way into Townsend, where the race will finish with a short stretch along the Townsend Historical Trail to the Great Smoky Mountains Association visitor center, just off the Lamar Alexander Parkway.
Spanning more than 816 square miles across Tennessee and North Carolina, Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the nation’s most-visited park for a reason. The Appalachian Trail passes through it, and it features some of the most unspoiled natural beauty anywhere on the U.S. East Coast — havens like Cades Cove and Clingmans Dome, the highest point in the park, are perennial visitor favorites.
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