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

2016 Run Club Schedule - Upcoming Runs

*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


6th  David Crockett Back to School Dash - Lawrenceburg
20th Urban Runoff 5K - Nashville (more details to come)


17th  Barkley Fall Classic 33 miles - Frozen Head  Steve Durbin    
26th  TN River Color Run 5K - Pickwick Landing  Darryl Worley Foundation     
1st  Harpeth Hustle Triathlon - Harpeth River    Support A Park    
1st  Fuller Fest 5K - T.O. Fuller State Park

22nd  Zombie 5K - Panther Creek State Park
29th  The Great Candy Dash 5K - Henry Horton State Park

5th  Roan Mountain 10K - Roan Mountain         
12th  Norris Dam Hard Trail Race 25K, 50K - Norris Dam        
26th  Fiery Gizzard Trail Run Marathon  - South Cumberland    Hardwin Adventures     John Hardin
26th  Big Foot Scramble 5 Mi - Standing Stone        
3rd  Over the River Run 8 Miles - Paris Landing         
10th  Bell Ringer Trail Run  50K, 25K, 2 Mi, 1 Mi - Montgomery Bell 

Previous Runs

27th  Cummins Falls - Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K, 5K, and 1 mile

5th  Tims Ford - 5K, 2 mile, 1 mile
12th  Cedars of Lebanon - 2 mile, 1 mile
19th  Henry Horton - 5K, 2 mile, 1 mile
26th  T.O. Fuller - 5K, 1 mile, Easter Egg Hunt

2nd  Cummins Falls -  Trail Run 2 mile, 1 mile
9th  David Crockett - 5K, 2 mile, 1 mile
16th  Rock Island - Triathlon
23th  Panther Creek - 5K, 2 mile, 1 mile
30th  Montgomery Bell - 2 mile, 1 mile
30th  Big Ridge - Ridge Runner 5K, 1 mile
30th  Edgar Evins - 5K, 1 mile

7th  Cumberland Mountain - Byrd Creek Trail Run, 1 mile
14th  Henry Horton - Run Club Finale

4th  Roan Mountain - Diamond Dash 5K