The 10 Best Road Races in Tennessee!

Tennessee is home to a variety of running races for superstar athletes and those just beginning. With routes through scenic parks and within beautiful cities, the road races across Tennessee never fail to be a thrilling event. If you’re looking for a marathon, a 5K or simply a fun run for kids to enjoy, there’s something for the whole family in this state. Here are the 10 best road races in Tennessee.  

1. Tennessee Running Tour

Proudly known as the oldest state park running series in the country, the Tennessee Running Tour takes places on Saturdays from October to March. If you’re looking for a weekly exercise routine or need an excuse to see the different state parks around the state, then this is the event for you. The distance of each race rages from five to 13 miles. Last year there were over 3,000 finishers! 

2. Nashville Predators Fangtastic 5K, Nashville, TN

This race is perfect for any NHL fan, especially if you like the Preds! The “Fangtastic” 5K takes place in downtown Nashville and begins and ends at the Predator’s home ice at Bridgestone Arena. Runners will receive a t-shirt as well as two tickets to the Predators versus Oilers game the next day. 

3. Zen Evo Chocolate Lovers Valentine’s 5K, Knoxville, TN

If you’re in the Knoxville area, then head out to the Chocolate Lovers 5K benefitting TnT Leukemia Lymphoma Society and local ROTC programs. Participants will be able to enjoy hot chocolate, chocolate dipped strawberries, graham crackers and other sweets after finishing. 

4. Cummins Falls Marathon, Cookeville, TN

Cummins Falls is known as a popular destination for both tourists and hikers alike. This event features a marathon, half marathon, 10K and 5K races. The trails that run through this beautiful park will be challenging with their steep hills and breathtaking scenery. The goal of this race is to raise funds to purchase the surrounding lands of the park to protect the falls.

5. Lucky Kidney Run and Irish Festival, Knoxville, TN

Located in downtown Knoxville, these 6K and 2K races will be a great way to get exercise while exploring the historic 4th and Gill neighborhood. After completion participants can enjoy the Irish Festival, which is perfect for families. Food vendors, Irish music and rides for the little ones will all be available to enjoy! Money raised will go to the East Tennessee Kidney Foundation. 

6. Dash for DS, Chattanooga, TN

Come celebrate World Down Syndrome Awareness Day by coming out to the Tennessee Riverpark. There will be a 10K, 5K, one-mile walk/fun run and the Kiddie K for ages 12 and under. All ages are encouraged to attend this celebration!

7. Gallatin Shamrock Run, Gallatin, TN

This 5K and 10K will run through Historic Downtown Gallatin. Be sure to come in your most festive St. Patrick’s Day gear to celebrate! Prizes will be awarded to the top female and male racers, the best-dressed participant and the person with the most team spirit. The money raised at this event will go toward teachers funding original yet creative educational initiatives. 

8. Cupid’s Chase 5K, Chattanooga, Cookeville and Nashville, TN

If you’re looking for a festive Valentine-themed race to participate in, then head out to one of the three Tennessee cities the Cupid’s Chase is taking place in. Any funds raised will benefit Community Options Inc. who help improve the lives of people with disabilities. If you raise $50 or more you’ll even receive some “cupid’s chase swag.”

9. Pi Day Pi K, Bristol, TN

Pi Day is celebrated each year on March 14. The women of King University’s STEM program will be holding this race to help raise money needed for their club. Students in this club study science, technology, math and engineering. In true Pi Day fashion, all participants will be rewarded with pie at the finish line!

10. Hog Wild Trail Run, Winchester, TN

This trail run is the perfect event to bring runners and those who would just like to watch too. This 5K and 10K’s proceeds will go towards Kiwanis Children Priority One. The BBQ contest, beauty pageant and family carnival here will be the perfect way to unwind after a long and tiring race. 

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