Overall Rating
Overall Rating (4 Reviews)
4.8
(4 Ratings)(4 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.5
SCENERY
4.8
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
5
The Oak Barrel Half Marathon course starts just off the square in Lynchburg, Tennessee and winds through rural Moore County Tennessee and passes the Jack Daniel’s Distillery. The course finishes the 13.1 mile loop on the Lynchburg town square. Lynchburg sits at the low point of a beautiful, picturesque valley, … MORE
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    dinaerrn1 FIRST-TIMER '18

    You must register on the day it opens, as SOON as it opens or your chances of getting in are limited! Set your alarm to their local time at 0600 … MORE

    You must register on the day it opens, as SOON as it opens or your chances of getting in are limited! Set your alarm to their local time at 0600 and be ready! It sells out QUICK! I was able to make it in through a charity position that costs a bit more, but is not an unheard of race price! I cannot stress this enough!
    The weather was a bit chilly for this race, but I was so glad it did not rain as it had the whole day prior! Parking was a bit far for this reason ( arrive early and get a spot right next to the finish), but the Tennessee hospitality shone through when a business owner in town was shuttling people back to their parked car after the race!
    The course was GORGEOUS! There was always a beautiful view to behold! The water stops were fun, enhanced by a competition they have for Best Water Stop! Post-race food was so wonderful! I was so cold and to have hot soup, grilled cheese, hot corn cakes (hoe-cakes) and chocolate milk was so appreciated! The medal is wood, so unique =)
    You also have the opportunity to tour the Jack Daniels Distillery. If you want to do this “GO EARLY”. You can book a tour online and be reimbursed when you shown your bib. I believe it is a discount, not free. And you can purchase certain sized bottles and have them engraved, again “GO EARLY”. the line for this was crazy and although I purchased a bottle of Gentleman Jack, I was unable to wait for the engraving.
    The town is small and very cute! I stayed in an airbnb in Lynchburg and will do it again. There is not tons of local options, so book early and cancel if you don’t get in or book as soon as you get in! Although it was COLD and I was basically alone for this race (my husband is my cheer section and couldn’t get an early enough flight) it is probably one of my favorites thus far. State 30/50 and 43 lifetime.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 25, 2018 at 5:33pm

    Congrats on state #30, Dina! And thanks for the awesome review. This sounds like a vintage Tennessee experience, and isn't that why we run all across the country? I'm a… MORE

    Congrats on state #30, Dina! And thanks for the awesome review. This sounds like a vintage Tennessee experience, and isn't that why we run all across the country? I'm a 50 stater as well, and it's cool to hear about all the excellent half marathons out there (so many races, so little time...). And I'm loving your Future Races table, you have a fun spring and summer ahead. Hope you'll take some time to review a few of your other favorite races along the way. Keep running strong, 20 to go and I look forward to following along! LESS

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    d.dencklau FIRST-TIMER '16

    Pros: -Beautiful course, well organized, hospitable volunteers -Nice swag, from the wooden medals, three quarter zip long sleeve shirt, socks, and post race visor (you could get a hat instead), … MORE

    Pros:
    -Beautiful course, well organized, hospitable volunteers
    -Nice swag, from the wooden medals, three quarter zip long sleeve shirt, socks, and post race visor (you could get a hat instead), this race had some of the best swag
    -Great post race food too!
    -Small-ish (around 2500 runners I believe). Enough to feel like there were others around, but never crowded.
    -Free parking close to race site (but arrive early)

    Cons:
    -Fills up FAST. Registration is open in October, don’t miss it.
    -Whiskey Hill is no joke (But it’s mostly down hill after), I was amused that speakers were playing Dueling banjos midway up.
    -Hard to find a place to stay in Lynchburg if you are a poor planner (i.e.- don’t be me. But Tullahoma to Lynchburg was an easy drive on race morning)

    Bottom Line: One of my favorite races, I hope to run it again in the future. I loved every minute of it minus about 30 seconds when I thought I was at the top of Whiskey Hill only to realize it was actually a switch back that got steeper. Even if you are not a whiskey drinker, take a tour of Jack Daniels. It’s interesting and informative.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    M_Sohaskey Apr 25, 2018 at 5:40pm

    Ah yes, the false summit on the hill that nearly crushes your spirit! Brutal. Other than that, this sounds like the ideal race experience — and I'll never argue with… MORE

    Ah yes, the false summit on the hill that nearly crushes your spirit! Brutal. Other than that, this sounds like the ideal race experience — and I'll never argue with dueling banjos or unique medals. :) Congrats Dani, appreciate the thoughtful review! LESS

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    This was fantastic! I rented a house in the middle of downtown Lynchburg. The start line was literally right outside the front door, the packet picket was a three minute … MORE

    This was fantastic! I rented a house in the middle of downtown Lynchburg. The start line was literally right outside the front door, the packet picket was a three minute walk behind the house. The course was beautiful, weather was perfect- warm & overcast, but no rain. The course is on a road, which was closed for the race. Whiskey Hill was not as scary as I thought it would be, but it was still tough. The course is slightly hilly. The “Medal” ( a carved piece of barrel) is wonderful- it smells faintly of wood smoke & whiskey. Usually it’s freebies or nothing with me (there were free tech socks & a tech long-sleeve shirt. both are excellent), but I’m glad you could buy commemorative bottles of whiskey. Means you can buy as many as you like/ can afford. I got two, with laser etching. “13.1 MILES, AND ALL I GOT IS THIS EMPTY BOTTLE!” and “I RAN 13.1 MILES AND GOT JACK!”
    Visiting Lynchburg makes a neat weekend vacation, as Jack Daniel’s Distillery offers tours, 7 days a week. Definitely worthwhile.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    dansolera FIRST-TIMER '12

    I don't remember how I found out about this race, but I do remember what made me sign up: the medals. They're made of wood and very detailed. I wasn't … MORE

    I don’t remember how I found out about this race, but I do remember what made me sign up: the medals. They’re made of wood and very detailed. I wasn’t disappointed. It begins in the sleepy town of Lynchburg, Tennessee and enters the woods on paved roads. Around mile 5, you’ll crest Whiskey Hill, and from there it’s mostly downhill back to the start. You’ll run on hilly, country roads and see a spectator or two before finishing. Age group awards are pieces of whiskey barrels and the Jack Daniels museum is right in town. Very southern, very charming.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    4
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    SCENERY
    4
    SWAG
    5

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