2012-2013 Tennessee State Parks Running Tour
2012-13 Season Wrapup
Farewell to Tennessee State Parks Running Tour 2004-2013
At 34 years strong in 2012-13, Tennessee State Parks features the longest state parks running series in the nation. It consists of 20 road races and one trail race with distances varying from 5 to 13.1 miles held on Saturdays at 11 a.m. local time from October to March in 21 different State Parks - from Meeman-Shelby in Memphis to Warriors’ Path in Kingsport.
These events are sponsored by local running clubs that are responsible for registration, timing and results. State Parks provide facilities, race security and traffic control. Walkers are welcome. More than 4,000 runners participated in the 2012-13 season, and overall runner participation has doubled in less than a decade on the Tour.
For those who finish in five or more races, there is a Grand Prix points system where the accumulated points determine the male and female Running Tour Champion in each of five age categories: youth, open, masters, grandmasters, senior grandmasters, and seventy plus. Everyone who participates in 10 Tour races or more receives a special award at the end of season Grand Prix Awards Banquet at Fall Creek Falls State Park.
The Tour remains one of the best values in running as entry fees are kept low to encourage participation at multiple races and exposure to a variety of state parks across Tennessee.
Thank you Tomas! Welcome Mike Bell.Tennessee State Parks thanks Running Tour Volunteer Race Director Tomas de Paulis for his outstanding work coordinating the Running Tour over the past nine years (2004-2013). The Tour is now enjoyed by more people at more park locations because of his dedicated efforts. The new Volunteer Race Director is Mike Bell with the Jackson Roadrunners Running Club. Tennessee State Parks looks forward to working with Mike and all of the Race Directors as we continue to draw more participants out to race events and our state parks.