Overall Rating
Overall Rating (6 Reviews)
4.8
(6 Ratings)  (6 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
4.5
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
5
Ours has become an age of flat and fast marathons on city streets and in urban jungles, with more focus on times, course certification, gadgets, charities and putting on a big show than on running. Many modern marathons have become spectacles rather than athletic events. But it was not always … MORE
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Recent reviews

    booski FIRST-TIMER '22

    This race is not for the faint of heart: the course is challenging (basically non-stop up and down hills for approximately 26.2 miles), the spectators are sparse, and the threat … MORE

    This race is not for the faint of heart: the course is challenging (basically non-stop up and down hills for approximately 26.2 miles), the spectators are sparse, and the threat of a legendary flying monkey attack looms over you the whole run. That said, if you’re looking for something different from your average big city marathon, this is a great alternative. Great swag at the end – personalized long sleeve tech shirt, a t-shirt, stickers, magnets, and amazing posters with each year’s custom theme printed by Hatch Show Prints. Oh, and free Yazoo beer and potluck at the end. Train hard for hills!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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    tsltan FIRST-TIMER '21

    Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon is held in the Percy Warner Park, about 9 miles from downtown Nashville. With over 3600 feet of elevation gain, this is not a PR … MORE

    Harpeth Hills Flying Monkey Marathon is held in the Percy Warner Park, about 9 miles from downtown Nashville. With over 3600 feet of elevation gain, this is not a PR course. There were no spectators to cheer you on the course. Aid stations were sparse on the tree-shaded course and strategically placed to nake runners do not go off course. They were well stocked, including one that served Bourbon and Whiskey! The finisher’s medal is made of wood and may look cheap to those who are used to metal. But, the long sleeve race shirt and hand-knit monkeys more than made it up.

    Check out my YouTube video (second marathon) below.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    3
    SWAG
    5
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    2pugdogmom REPEAT RUNNER '20

    I adore this race and would run it every year if I could. Participant slots are by a lottery system, but you're given plenty of time to train if you … MORE

    I adore this race and would run it every year if I could. Participant slots are by a lottery system, but you’re given plenty of time to train if you get in. You’ve got to commit to a good hill training plan to complete this race well. The scenery is absolutely beautiful in November in Percy Warner Park and the fall colors are amazing. I love the small community that runs this race and the race shirts are the best! I love that you get the # of monkeys slayed on the sleeve of your shirt that corresponds to the # of years you’ve completed the race. If you’re lucky enough to get a lottery spot, don’t skip it! Train, train, train and run those hills! Slay that monkey!

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    2pugdogmom FIRST-TIMER '19

    The beloved Flying Monkey full marathon added a half marathon in 2019 and I ran the inaugural event. The race course is difficult running through the super scenic Percy Warner … MORE

    The beloved Flying Monkey full marathon added a half marathon in 2019 and I ran the inaugural event. The race course is difficult running through the super scenic Percy Warner park hills. The hills are 100% worth the views. Running through Percy Warner in November when the leaves are golden is one of my favorite things. It’s an amazing experience to savor. Well run event, great people, awesome volunteers.

    DIFFICULTY
    5
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    rigsurly REPEAT RUNNER '17

    This was my third time running the Monkey and my 13th marathon. The Monkey is easily my favorite. 7,200 feet of elevation change on a paved leafy park path overlooking … MORE

    This was my third time running the Monkey and my 13th marathon. The Monkey is easily my favorite. 7,200 feet of elevation change on a paved leafy park path overlooking Nashville. The weather is always interesting, mostly cold. The race director does not take things too seriously; one year there were tornado warnings predicted so he sent us an email that said “suck it up, you signed up for an adventure”. Pot luck and beer at the finish line with hand made wooden medals. I am a back of the pack runner and this race is special. A one hour optional advance start that had me leading the entire race for about 10 seconds and made me look like I was mid pack at the finish. When the race leaders passed me (about mile 10) they both turned and complemented. The whole day was like a fun run with your friends.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    jensen0914 REPEAT RUNNER '16

    One of my favorite marathons for many reasons. Each year has a different theme revolving around monkeys, which provides for unique race posters (printed by the famous Hatch Show Prints … MORE

    One of my favorite marathons for many reasons. Each year has a different theme revolving around monkeys, which provides for unique race posters (printed by the famous Hatch Show Prints in Nashville), finisher medals, and humorous emails from the race director. The course is, to say the least, very challenging, for a road course. For a small race, the aid stations are plentiful and the volunteers are usually fellow runners and great. I recommend trying to do this race at least once.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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