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WELCOME TO THE 10th YEAR FOR THE PISTOL PARTY!
This is a great urban ultra and half/full marathon to start spring off with a bang! This event near Knoxville, TN (USA), has quickly become very popular, always filling before registration closes. With distances from 13.1 to 150 miles, there's something for everyone!
Runners get some great swag at check-in and are pampered by some really nice volunteers, spoiled with amazing support at heated aid stations, enjoy camaraderie with plenty of other crazy ultra runners, and can score some really cool finisher's awards. This is a great race for first time and seasoned ultra runners alike. Walkers and push rims are welcome too. We’re here to have a good time!
This event is produced by Life Wide Open, a Tennessee 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and directed by Will Jorgensen. It helps raise funds for several noteworthy local non-profits including the Blount County Parks and Rec disadvantaged youth sports scholarships and The Triple Crown of Running Series. It also helps support the Knoxville Track Club Youth Athletics Program. By registering, you are helping to make a positive difference for these worthy children, young adults, and community enrichment programs.
All of the races start at the Alcoa Springbrook Pool Center (636 Vose Rd, Alcoa, TN). The certified courses are mostly flat (for East Tennessee!), paved, generally eight foot wide greenway that is lit at night time. For those who prefer a softer surface, there is grass alongside some of the trail. It meanders along the Pistol Creek (hence the name for the event), through Alcoa, by several small bodies of water, and over to Maryville's Bicentennial Greenbelt Park. It is a linear route just over 5 miles long with a lollipop at the southern end of the out-and-back and a short side spur on the return trip back to the Start/Finish.
The 50K/100K loops will be the same distance (10.35 miles). The 50kers will do this loop three times; the 100kers, six times. The 50/100 mile loops will be slightly shorter (10 miles exactly), with the 10 milers doing it once, the 50 milers five times, and the hundo runners ten times. The event features a very generous 32 hour cut-off for the 50K, 100K, and hundo. The nighttime 50 mile race starts at 8 PM Saturday, with a 20 hour cut-off. The half and full marathon start at 8 AM Sunday. All races end at 4 PM Sunday. For a complete schedule, click here.
Check This Double Barrel Award Out!
The uber cool double barrel pistol on a stand, with a customized name plate, will be awarded to those who complete either the 50K or 100K starting Saturday morning, AND the 50 miler Saturday night! To join the "double-your-fun" party, simply select the 50K/50M Double button when registering. Or if you're ultra-crazy, select the 100K/50M Double button. And if that's not enough, go REALLY big and choose the 100M/50M Double. Better get your big boy/girl panties ready though! And of course there are the awesome awesome finisher's awards specific to each distance, including the highly coveted pistol buckle (complete with spinning chamber) for the hundo finishers. Check out all of the awards here.
Marathon Maniac Special!!
Check out this special pricing for our Marathon Maniac friends! Want to level up? You can run the 50K on Saturday, and then the marathon on Sunday. So...two marathons+ in 2 days! Simply choose this combined option during your registration process and you'll score the marathon for only half price! NOTE: This is a Marathon Maniac combo special pricing. It is NOT one of the Pistol Ultra Double Barrel options.
PLEASE NOTE: Both the Pistol Creek Half and Full Marathon are on SUNDAY, March 19.
If you want to potentially be reimbursed if you are not able to participate, we recommend you consider purchasing event registration insurance to cover yourself. This option is offered during registration checkout. We do not provide refunds, deferments, rollover credits, transfer of entry fees, etc, regardless of the circumstances. Selling/giving your bib to someone else is not permitted.
If your circumstances change and you are unable to join the Pistol party, please cancel your registration as soon as you know. Simply follow the directions here. You’ll score good karma, possibly allow a waitlister to snag a spot, and definitely help us with the onerous task of registration management. If you are unable to run, but are still available, please consider volunteering. The runners would really appreciate your help and support as they get their run on! It takes a whole village to produce an event this size. Plus you’ll snag some credits towards a future Life Wide Open event. Simply sign up here.
Please read the event website Registration details and policies here carefully before registering. They include legally binding terms and are incorporated herein by reference. Don't register unless you understand and accept them.
The Long Run Store team will be hosting the Main Aid Station/warming area at the start/finish. The Knoxville Track Club and friends are teaming up again to have the Lucky Leprechuan water stop at the halfway point. Then the Wild Trails Aid Station (it will be heated too) will be at the end of the 4.5 mile southern section. The Little River Trading Company will be hosting a water stop by the imperial turn around. This means you'll pass an aid station every 2.5 miles or less. Talk about spoiled!
Plan to arrive Friday afternoon for check-in, packet/swag pick-up, score some official Pistol gear at the Pistol Corral Store, meet other runners in the tribe, and enjoy other pre-race activities. It will be held inside the large tent next to the Start/Finish area. There is space close by along the course where you can set up your own personal support area. See the parking map here for the location. There are REAL indoor heated restrooms at a couple of locations along the course. In addition to awesome aid stations and amazing runner support, all participants receive a FREE finisher's food truck meal ticket. Yes, you will definitely be spoiled! Can't get any better for a spring race!
Tell your friends and get everyone registered. (Shirt sizes guaranteed to those registering by Jan. 31st.) Hop over and like our event Facebook page here to keep up with all the latest happenings. We really encourage you to also join our Life Wide Open Facebook group here too so you can connect with the whole tribe. Lots of great info and interaction there. We can’t wait to have you join us for an amazing experience at the Pistol party!