2019 Secret City Half Marathon and 5K

Sat November 16, 2019 Directions RaceJoy Ready

Secret City Half Marathon

$68 9:00AM EST - 1:00PM EST
304 spots left. Price increases after October 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT

Secret City 5K

$38 9:15AM EST - 11:30AM EST
166 spots left. Price increases after October 31, 2019 at 11:59pm EDT
The Secret City Half Marathon & 5K Races

Oak Ridge, a bustling city created virtually overnight in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, was shrouded in secrecy for most of the 20th century; only appearing on maps in the mid-1960's.  Today, Oak Ridge is on the map as a thriving city rich in cultural and recreational opportunities not to mention the cutting edge science and technology research for which the city is internationally known! 


The core purpose of CASA of the Tennessee Heartland is to provide a voice for abused and neglected children in our community. As a non-profit, volunteer-based agency, our mission is to empower CASA volunteers to advocate on behalf of abused and neglected children in juvenile court. Our vision is to provide a court-appointed volunteer advocate for every child who needs one.

Secret City Half Marathon & 5K
697 Melton Lake Dr.
Oak Ridge, TN

Secret City Half Marathon and 5K      Date: November 16, 2019

The half marathon route starts at the scenic Melton Lake Park peninsula. Enjoy 13.1 miles of mostly flat terrain.  Considered a great PR course!  Course runs along the beautiful Melton Lake then down by an operational quarry for a change of scenery. Continue along a serene tree-lined private road then wind through Oak Ridge.  Finish your race along the water's edge right back to the peninsula.  Course is USATF certified with certification # TN15066MS.

The 5K race route starts and finishes at the Melton Lake Park peninsula.  The course follows the water's edge along Melton Lake to Elza Gate Park then double back down the walking trail to the peninsula.  A very scenic, easy,  and enjoyable 5K run. Cert #: TN15077MS 


Race Contact Info
If you have any questions about this race, please contact the race director at

Free Live Tracking and Progress Alerts on Race Day!
(Race organizers are providing this as an included service.)

Make sure you download the RaceJoy mobile app for live phone tracking at the 2019 Secret City Half Marathon and 5K.

Carry your phone and use RaceJoy to add to your race experience with these key features:

GPS Progress Alerts

  • Receive GPS-based progress alerts at mile points on the course for current pace and estimated finish time.
  • Post to your Facebook and Twitter walls.
  • Have friends and family track your performance.

Live GPS Tracking

  • Supporting spectators can track your blue dot moving along the course from home or at the race site.
  • NearMe proximity alerts notify spectators when you are drawing near.
  • Find each other using RaceJoy’s MeetUp tool.


  • Receive fun, motivational audio cheers from your supporting fans.
  • Start sending cheers to others doing the race at any time.

The 2019 Secret City Half Marathon and 5K is sponsoring RaceJoy to provide participants and spectators these features for free (normally a 99 cents upgrade fee for both the participant and spectator).

- Participant must carry phone
- No official race timing information is provided for this race in RaceJoy
Course Maps

The 2019 Secret City Half Marathon And 5K has course maps available.

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Have you been considering running a fall 5k or half marathon, but don't know where to start? 

The Knoxville Track Club would love to help you! Whether you're new to running, targeting a personal record race performance, or just looking to log miles with friends, we have a space for you in our upcoming Fall RunKNOX Training Program.

What do you get?
The "RunDOWN", our weekly email newsletter which outlines your training recommendations and provides educational insight into how to properly work to achieve your goals.

Access to all RunKNOX Workouts:

  • Core Strength training: Monday 6:15pm (Knoxville)
  • Speed workouts: Tuesday 6pm (Knoxville), Wednesday 5am (Knoxville),
  • Wednesday 5:30 pm (Oak Ridge)
  • Yoga: Thursday 6:15pm (Knoxville)
  • Long Runs: Saturday mornings (times/locations vary depending on season, weather, and local race schedule)

Only $10/week!

When does it start?
Fall session kicks off the week of August 12th in Knoxville and August 26th in Oak Ridge!

Extra Benefits!
Sign up for the race by August 26th and receive 10% off the training program! Email halfmarathon@oakridgevisitor.com for the code.

Email them to runknox@gmail.com

Traveling from out of town and need a place to stay? No sweat! Our host hotel, Holiday Inn Express, has provided room booking for all SCHM participants. To book, click here, enter check in and check out dates, and check availability to choose a room and complete your reservation. Guests may also call 865-298-1990 to request a room under "Secret City Half Marathon." Room rates are for Friday, November 15th and Saturday, November 16th. Reservations must be made by Friday, November 1st.


Secret City Half Marathon & 5K
697 Melton Lake Dr.
Oak Ridge, TN

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