Overall Rating
Overall Rating (5 Reviews)
4.8
(5 Ratings)  (5 Reviews)
DIFFICULTY
3.2
SCENERY
5
PRODUCTION
4.8
SWAG
4.8
The Strawberry Plains Half Marathon & 10k run concurrently and start and finish at Rush Strong School in Strawberry Plains, Tennessee. Pre- and post-race activities will occur inside the school. This is a scenic and rolling course that meanders through the Holston River Valley with views of Clinch and House … MORE
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Recent reviews

    ericalweatherbee REPEAT RUNNER '23

    Been running this race for a lot of years and each year I remember why I like it so much. The breakfast was great afterward, the course was as I … MORE

    Been running this race for a lot of years and each year I remember why I like it so much. The breakfast was great afterward, the course was as I remember it (lol), and there were a lot of runners so it was great for pacing.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5

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    M-Hall REPEAT RUNNER '23

    I have ran the Knoxville Track Club’s/Eddie’s Health Shoppe events four years in a row now. They always draw large numbers of runners, for good reasons - beautiful rural course, … MORE

    I have ran the Knoxville Track Club’s/Eddie’s Health Shoppe events four years in a row now. They always draw large numbers of runners, for good reasons – beautiful rural course, excellent production, and generous sponsorhip.

    This was my first year running the half course (last year was virtual, race day cancelled because of weather). It made me think of the Bird In Hand Half Marathon in Pennsylvania Amish country – excellent rural scenery, beautifully planned and executed event, and pretty good food (biscuits & gravy, oatmeal & brown sugar in the school cafeteria). The weather was the best so far, clear skies and 32 degrees at the start – it’s always cold but the clear skies were very appreciated.

    My watch had 666 ft of ascent which really isn’t bad. I was a poor judge of course difficulty this year since I was having what must have been dehydration/electrolyte symptoms, which didn’t affect the fun. While I always prefer top health, it was entertaining to adjust the current situation, and no matter what, everyone out there is always doing their best – one of the things I think are so beautiful about running events.

    The pre-race set up was great – Eddie had his typical great display, packet pick up was smooth, the warmth of being inside a school was appreciated. And afterwards, so was the biscuits and gravy – I knew something was off with me and that hearty food would help, so vegan and gluten free took a back seat.

    Swag is always good, this year was race specific nice looking medals and for the half a pull over-zip soft warmup top with pockets. Eddies & the KTC know how to put on an event, I am looking forward to next year.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    M-Hall FIRST-TIMER '22

    The Knoxville Track Club made the difficult decision early race morning to cancel the half and 10k because of snow and ice on the course, and wind chills around 6 … MORE

    The Knoxville Track Club made the difficult decision early race morning to cancel the half and 10k because of snow and ice on the course, and wind chills around 6 F. They gave the option for virtual runs and modified the runsignup.com website to accommodate adding results. Along with a generous time frame to complete the virtual.
    They had the genius idea to include pics from the course in the cancellation email, including the arched passage under the railroad tracks, an inspired choice since everyone who has ran the course before would remember it and have a frame of reference. What was a dusting over most of the county was what looked like an inch and a half on site that was not going to melt anytime soon on the shaded rural roads or easily accommodate all the traffic coming in to the small town area – this is a popular area race. I ran the virtual the next day in the afternoon – mid 40s and clear skies. That’s life.
    Course scenery and difficulty are what I remember from past 10Ks.
    Email and social media updates were timely and when they said they would be. KTC put so much time into this, I felt badly for them the most of anyone. Looking forward to next year already.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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    JayMo REPEAT RUNNER '21

    First of all this course has HILLS. It's East TN, so you expect that, or you should. The scenery is both pastoral and mountainous, and the quiet countryside is the … MORE

    First of all this course has HILLS. It’s East TN, so you expect that, or you should. The scenery is both pastoral and mountainous, and the quiet countryside is the polar opposite of a loud, urban race, but that’s what I enjoy most. The Knoxville Track Club puts on a quality event always, and this is a longstanding race so the bugs have been worked out of the execution. I have run it in temperatures ranging from 40 to 20 degrees, with or without snow, so the weather is always a gamble, but for a lovely rolling run through the countryside, this one is hard to beat.

    DIFFICULTY
    4
    PRODUCTION
    4
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    4

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    M-Hall REPEAT RUNNER '21

    I ran the 10k for the second year in a row. This is a popular area event, both distances. Fun to see hundreds of runners out in 24 degree cloudy … MORE

    I ran the 10k for the second year in a row. This is a popular area event, both distances. Fun to see hundreds of runners out in 24 degree cloudy weather this year. The course starts and ends in the small town of Strawberry Plains. The 10k (and half) is out and back thru nice river side farm country. My watch had 266 ft elevation gain. The shirt has been nice both years and there is even a medal, not standard in a KTC event, although maybe for an Eddie’s Health Shop sponsored one. Really a fun time.

    DIFFICULTY
    3
    PRODUCTION
    5
    SCENERY
    5
    SWAG
    5
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