Townsend Challenge 15K and 10K

Sun September 20, 2020 Townsend, TN 37882 US Directions


7:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT


7:30AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

Townsend Challenge 15K & 10K

7:00AM EDT - 10:00AM EDT

Townsend Virtual 15K or 10K

12:01AM EDT - 11:59PM EDT
Race Website

Additional race information can be found at

7765 River Road
Townsend, TN US 37882

Date, Time, & Place: Sunday, September 20, 2020 at 15K at 7:00 AM and 10K at 7:30 in Townsend, TN.  Townsend is located about 35 miles SE of Knoxville.  From Knoxville, take Alcoa Hwy (129S) through Alcoa and Maryville.  From Maryville, take Hwy 321S to Townsend. Race headquarters is The Abbey, 7765 River Road Townsend, TN 37882.

Rolling Start: both events will be rolling start, 15K starting at 7:00am and 10K starting at 7:30am.  All 10K and/or Challenge runners must start 10K course by 9:35am.

Course Description and Highlights: 15K: USATF course TN17075MS
A lovely, scenic and challenging course that runs on back-country roads near the Little River. Race will start and finish at the Abbey.  Course closes after 2.5 hours.  
10K: Not a USATF certified course.
A lovely, scenic course that runs a loop on the greenway.  This course will be run reverse of our previous running of the 10K.  Race will start and finish at the Abbey. 

Waterstop: we will have a water stop on 15k course that you will pass twice.  Water will be 8oz bottles.  

Registration & Entry Fee (NO REFUNDS AND NO TRANSFERS): 
15K: Early Registration 8/31-9/6 $35, 9/7-9/19 @ 6pm: $40;
10K early registration 8/31-9/6, $30, 9/7-9/19 @ 6pm: , $35;
Challenge-Early registration 8/31-9/6 $55; 9/7-9/19 @ 6pm: $65. 
No Race Day registration. No Shirt - deduct $5 anytime.  Participants wanting to run on a team must register prior to September 19th.  No refunds and no transfers - No exceptions. 

Packet Pickup: Race day packet pickup will take place, starting at 6:00am at The Abbey, 7765 River Road in Townsend.  You will be given a bag of post-race food and water when you pick up your bib.  There will be no other post race food.  

**Be sure to hang on to your bib and bring it into New Balance for 25% off one pair of shoes through 10/31***

T-shirts: Short-sleeved, unisex shirts.  Please note KTC shirt policy:  Anyone registering after Sept 11th will receive shirts while supplies last.  When the inventory runs out in the RunSignUp system then there will be no more shirts.  One shirt per participant. No re-orders.

Awards: Awards to the top 3 Overall, top Masters (As defined by fastest person age 40 and above, not limited to 40-49) Grandmasters (As defined by fastest person age 50 and above, not limited to 50-59), Senior Grandmasters (As defined by fastest person age 60 and above, not limited to 60-69) male and female. Awards to the top 3 in each age group as well as Overall Clydesdale (men over 200 lbs.) and Overall Athena (women over 150 lbs.) . Age group awards based on 10 increments.  Schedule for awards TBD.  

Grand Prix Points: 2020 Grand Prix Presented by Threds Points awarded at this race for 15K ONLY.  Remember, to participate in the Grand Prix presented by Threds, runners must be a KTC member and MUST volunteer at least 3 times at KTC Grand Prix events to qualify. 

Refreshments: bagged refreshments will be provided for all runners when they pick up bibs. .  Also, drinks and breakfast items will be available for purchase at the Abbey.

Results: Complete results will be available on Run Signup and KTC Website at

Race Etiquette: Due to insurance regulations, roller blades, strollers, bicycles, and dogs are not allowed on the course.

Information: Contact Race Director Pam Haggard at 865-207-6122 or or Stephanie Bailey, KTC Events Manager, at

15k Course Closes at 9:30am
10k course closes 11:15am

KTC Safety Policy:

KTC’s mission is to encourage lifelong physical well-being through running and walking. That is accomplished through a variety of events and programming. The Knoxville Track Club puts the safety of its participants, spectators, staff and volunteers first. Dangerous weather conditions pose a unique challenge to an event of any size, distance or location.

Therefore, KTC has adopted the following Inclement Weather Policy:
Weather forecasts will be monitored prior to the event, with special attention placed on the possibility of heavy rain, thunder and lightning, high winds, extreme temperatures and humidity. If necessary, athletes will be made aware of these conditions on Knoxville Track Club’s website (, as well as through other available means of communication such as e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and public address announcements.
The Executive Director and Race Director in consultation, when available, with law enforcement, fire/EMS, other medical officers and other officials, will monitor the weather and make a decision if any action will be taken to modify the race. Possible changes include: Altering the start time, altering the course, or in extreme situations cancellation of the event. Visible lightning occurring within 30 minutes of the scheduled start will cause the race to be postponed for a minimum of 30 minutes. Additional sightings will continue to delay the race in 30-minute increments up to a maximum of 3 delays.
Race personnel reserve the right to delay, cancel, or suspend the race or modify the course due to inclement weather. As stated on registration and race pages, there are no refunds or transfers. Participants must abandon the race if ordered to do so by the race personnel, medical staff, fire/paramedics or police personnel.



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