Cades Cove Loop Lope

Sun November 4, 2018 Directions
Events

10 Mile Loop Lope

$75 7:30AM EST - 10:00AM EST Registration Opens July 17, 2018 at 10:00am EDT

5K Loop Lope

$75 7:35AM EST - 9:05AM EST Registration Opens July 17, 2018 at 10:00am EDT
Place
Cades Cove Loop Road (10 Mile Course) and Cades Cove Loop Road/Sparks Lane/Loop Road Exit (5K Course) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Description

This is the one & only organized footrace held in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, brought to you by Friends of the Smokies and the Knoxville Track Club, and it benefits Friends of the Smokies. Participation is limited to 750 total runners. There are two course options, either a 5K Loop Lope or a 10 Mile Loop Lope. Price for either course is $75 per participant.

Please note that you may register here to participate in either the 5K or 10 mile course.

Carpooling is essential to maximizing participation in this race. Only 100 vehicle passes will be available for purchase for an additional $20 fee when registration opens. Registrants who do not purchase a vehicle pass must either carpool with a passholder they know or utilize the group transportation option which will be provided by Friends of the Smokies.

Preferred Lodging Partners

Last year many people asked where to stay in Townsend; this year, we have identified some preferred lodging partners-

- The Townsend Gateway Inn - Rates vary by room type; 15 rooms have been blocked for Saturday, November 3rd. Call (865) 238-0123. Book under the "Cades Cove Loop Lope" room block;  Must be booked two weeks in advance (by October 20, 2018).

- Little Arrow Resort - Offering everything from RV cabins to tiny homes! Visit their website for more information and to book your stay.

Race Contact Info

If you have any questions about this race, click the button below.

Questions?

Here's what's in the race packets-

  • Vehicle pass (if secured through registration process)
  • Race bib & chip
  • Safety pins
  • T-shirt

Here's where to pick up race packets-

  • Friday, October 26th at Fleet Feet Sports Knoxville - Located at 11619 Parkside Dr, Knoxville, TN 37934. Time - 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • Friday, November 2nd at Little River Trading Company - Located at 2408 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN  37804. Time - TBD
  • Saturday, November 3rd at Little Arrow Outdoor Resort – Located at 118 Stables Dr Highway 73, Townsend, TN 37882. Time – 3 p.m. to 8 p.m.

There is no race day packet pickup. There will be no packet mailing.

Finishers’ medals will be distributed on race day; everyone who registers will receive a medal. At the awards ceremony, trophies will be presented to the overall (male and female)  1st, 2nd & 3rd place finishers for both the 5K and 10 Mile courses. There also will be age category trophies for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place male and female finishers for both courses. The awards ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m.

A note about the course sweeps – After 1.5 hours on the 5K course and after 2.5 hours on the 10 Mile course, members of the Smokies’ all-volunteer Cades Cove Bicycle Patrol will ride along the routes to notify participants that the Cades Cove Loop Road will open to vehicle traffic. In preparation for cars on the road, the finish line will come down as well. Registrants do not have to exit the courses.

Additional Things to Know

  • Because this race happens inside one of the crown jewels of the national park system, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, it is essential that all of us (staff, volunteers, and runners) do our best to Leave No Trace on race day. If you wish to discard clothing, like gloves, or any type of food or beverage waste (like goo packets) even if they are biodegradable, please hold onto those items until you come to a water station or the finish line. Our volunteers will dispose of those items for you. Please do not throw anything at all down on the course.
  • Time changes on race day. Be sure to "fall back" before going to sleep on Saturdaynight.
  • After you arrive in Cades Cove on race morning, please do your best to be as quiet as possible since there will be campers staying in Cades Cove who are not participating in the race. After you park your car, or get off the bus, please be conscious of the volume of your activities. 
  • Please be aware of your surroundings at all times. There will be people coming & going from the Cades Cove campground who are not participating in the race. As you walk from the parking area to the starting line (by the way, it's 1/2 mile approximately), and as you exit the Loop Road after the finish, please watch for vehicles.
  • Whether you are a passholder and will park your vehicle in Cades Cove, or are riding the buses and are parking your car in Townsend, you may be directed to park on uneven terrain. If your vehicle has low clearance, be advised.
  • It will be dark in Cades Cove when you arrive, so consider bringing a headlamp or small flashlight

REFUND POLICY – Our refund policy is designed to encourage anyone who has an issue crop up with training, scheduling, or life getting in the way to cancel and free up a spot on our waiting list. The policy is as follows: Prior to 10/5/2018, refunds will be issued at 100%. From 10/5/2018 to 10/26/2018, cancellations will result in a 50% refund. For cancellations after 11:59 PM on 10/26/2018, no refunds will be issued.

Where to Park and What To Do

Information for Parking Passholders and Non-Passholders

No vehicle without a pass will be admitted past the Townsend Wye on race day until after 11:00 a.m. All passholders must show their vehicle pass at the checkpoint at the Townsend Wye in order to enter Cades Cove on race day. This means there are no drop-offs and pick-ups allowed for participants.

Non-Passholders

If you are not a vehicle parking pass holder, and are not riding with a passholder, then you will need to ride the provided buses. The buses are not running back & forth on race day. Each bus will make one trip in and one trip out.

For those who are riding the buses, please arrive at the designated parking field adjacent to the Townsend Visitors Center (located at 7906 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 37882) in order to be ready for departure on the buses at 6:30 a.m. Buses will begin arriving at 6:00 a.m. (Thank you to the Smoky Mountain Tourism Development Authority for lending us the field beside their visitors center in Townsend, TN for parking on race day.) The first bus will leave as soon as it is full; the last bus will leave at 6:30 a.m.

TIME CHANGES ON RACE DAY - FALL BACK BEFORE BED ON SATURDAY!!!

You are not parking on pavement (obviously). Please be aware of that if your vehicle has low clearance.

Buses will leave as soon as they are full, park in Cades Cove, and will not depart Cades Cove until filled with runners after the race. It is unlikely that you will ride in and out on the same bus, so please do not leave items on the bus.

There will be a coat check/bag check under the Friends of the Smokies tent which will be located near the Cades Cove amphitheater/pavilion, across from the campground office. We will provide the safety pins and volunteers to assist you; the coat check number will be a tear off from your race bib.

Passholders

You will be directed by National Park Service employees or volunteers to your parking area. Please arrive between 6:15 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. You may be asked to park on uneven terrain. Please be aware of that if your vehicle has low clearance.

TIME CHANGES ON RACE DAY - FALL BACK BEFORE BED ON SATURDAY!!!

There will be a coat check/bag check under the Friends of the Smokies tent which will be located near the Cades Cove amphitheater/pavilion, across from the campground office. We will provide the safety pins and volunteers to assist you; the coat check number will be a tear off from your race bib.

10 Mile Course

10 Mile Course Elevation Map

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5K Course

5K Course Elevation Map

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Aid/Water Stations + Course Monitors

Locations of Aid/Water Stations + Course Monitors

Click the icon below to download the attached PDF.

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Race Website

Additional race information can be found at https://friendsofthesmokies.org/looplope/.

Directions

Cades Cove Loop Road (10 Mile Course) and Cades Cove Loop Road/Sparks Lane/Loop Road Exit (5K Course) in Great Smoky Mountains National Park