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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.