Youth Running Program
The Tennessee State Parks Run Club program provides opportunities for families and children to get outside and enjoy Tennessee State Parks in a fun and healthy way. The program is funded by the Tennessee Department of Health and provides opportunities to get families and children outside and enjoying Tennessee State Parks in a fun and healthy way.
There are currently 12 Run Clubs across the state from Memphis all the way to Roan Mountain, with more being added each year. The clubs target middle school and elementary students, but anyone is welcome to join!
Each run club hosts a race throughout the year at their park and all the clubs are invited to travel and participate in these events. These races generally include a 5K, and a 1-2 mile fun run. If you’re looking for a way to become more active in our State Parks, then this program is for you!
Are you ready to join a Run Club or start a Run Club at your park? Program coordinator, Emily Stevenson will be glad to help and answer any questions. You can email her at Emily.Stevenson@tn.gov.
2016 Spring Run Club Schedule
February 27: Cummins Falls - Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1 mile
March 5: Tims Ford - 5K, 2 mile, 1 mile
March 12: Cedars of Lebanon - 2 mile, 1 mile
March 19: Henry Horton - 5K, 2 mile, 1 mile
March 26: T.O. Fuller - 5K, 1 mile, Easter Egg Hunt
April 2: Cummins Falls - Trail Run 2 mile, 1 mile
April 9: David Crockett - 5K, 2 mile, 1 mile
April 16: Rock Island - Triathlon
April 23: Panther Creek - 5K, 2 mile, 1 mile
April 30: Montgomery Bell - 2 mile, 1 mile
April 30: Big Ridge - Ridge Runner 5K, 1 mile
April 30: Edgar Evins - 5K, 1 mile
May 7: Cumberland Mountain - Byrd Creek Trail Run, 1 mile
May 14: Henry Horton - Run Club Finale
June 4: Roan Mountain - Diamond Dash 5K
*2 mile is a standard running course for the middle school running club grant, 5th-8th grade
*1 mile is a standard running course for 1st-4th grade or considered a fun run at non-run club events
If you have an interest or questions about the Running Initiative in State Parks please contact Laura Franklin at Laura.Franklin@tn.gov or by phone at 615-532-0011.