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5
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5
PRODUCTION
5
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3
This is a fantastic opportunity to tour Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness on a loop course that takes in most of the various parks and recreation areas that comprise the UW. We’ll start and finish at Ijams Nature Center, allowing us a comfortable staging area protected from the elements, as well as … MORE
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    Donnald69 FIRST-TIMER '18

    First off, Knoxville is AWESOME. A smaller city with a great downtown area, a free trolley and friendly people. I had read about the "Dirty South Trail" marathon online several … MORE

    First off, Knoxville is AWESOME. A smaller city with a great downtown area, a free trolley and friendly people.
    I had read about the “Dirty South Trail” marathon online several months ago and thought, “cool!”. I have run a couple trail marathons in the past and enjoyed the solitude and nature. THOSE WERE NOT TRAIL MARATHONS!!
    There was no real expo. Just needed to show up 15 minutes before the race. 46 persons had pre-registerd for the full and a hundred or so in the half. There were also a number of people signing up last minute.
    Following 2 days of rain, it was refreshing to wake up to overcast but a dry morning, and with the forecast of rain around 2 pm I am thinking, “wow, I’ll be long done by the rain”. Tee hee. 95 % of the course was run on trails, often single path, an occasional creek although not sure if they were normal or a result of the previous day’s rain. This was run on Ijams (I ams) nature park. The trails were foot paths and for some reason (2 day’s rain), thick and gooey mud was present for nearly every step. Remember my mention of creeks? They were useful to clean the mud from, well, pretty much everywhere. And then you jump back into the mud. IT WAS AWESOME! And tough. The course was a 13 mile course, marathoners run the course twice. I was oh so considering of stopping halfway but so happy I pushed on. There were 3 water and electrolyte stops on the course and one at the finish/halfway point. They also had cookies, chips, M&Ma’s and fruit. At the finish line it is a pretty simple affair but there was a hose to rinse yourself clean. All runners receive a t-shirt with the trail runners logo. Pre-registerd marathon runners received a special “finishers ” tee. No medals were given.
    This is a run to experience a real trail run. It was tough, but a great pleasure. Although a small race, I often found myself conversing with another runner along the course.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    3

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