Love running on the Peaceful Side of the Smokies? Now tell other envious runners about your Great Smoky Mountains experience, and you could run with Vacation Races again for FREE!

Simply post your review for the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon or 5K on by Sunday, Sept 25, and you’ll automatically qualify to win:

  • Grand Prize (1): free entry to the 2022/23 Vacation Races event of your choice (excluding sold-out events), or
  • Runner-up prize (1): $25 gift card for Vacation Races event merchandise

PLUS, increase your odds & earn additional drawing entries by reviewing more races! (one drawing entry per review)

Our winners also receive a stylish RaceRaves race hat by Headsweats®:

It’s easy to create a free RaceRaves account (or sign in via Facebook) to share your ratings and reviews as well as add photos, videos or even a blog report.

Feel free to contact us with any questions. Good luck, and thanks for sharing your race-day experiences on RaceRaves, your most trusted resource to discover, track & review all your races!

HOW IT WORKS: To qualify for and be automatically entered in our random drawing, you must submit your review (= one drawing entry) for the Great Smoky Mountains Half Marathon or 5K between Friday, Sept 9, 2022 and 11:59pm PDT on Sunday, Sept 25, 2022. Every review for a timed race submitted by a qualifying member and official finisher will then count as one (1) additional entry into the drawing. To ensure relevance, only reviews for races run since Sept 30, 2019 are eligible for the drawing. A minimum of four unique reviewers must qualify for the drawing within the specified time frame for the free entry to be awarded. Free entry is valid for a single individual event from Vacation Races U.S. half marathon series (challenges excluded).

On or around Sept 26, 2022, RaceRaves will randomly select the prize winners and notify them by email. If a winner fails to respond and claim their prize within a week of being emailed, then another winner will be randomly chosen and secure all the glory and spoils therein. In the event the winner is already registered for their desired 2022/23 event, their registration fee will not be refunded nor can they defer to the following year; however, their free entry can be transferred to a friend. Previous RaceRaves giveaway winners are not eligible again for a period of one hundred eighty (180) days from the closing date of their winning giveaway period. Free shipping of prize merchandise applies to addresses in the U.S.; addresses outside the U.S. will be charged the cost of USPS Air Mail.

Every eligible race review counts as an entry — positive, negative or indifferent. For other runners looking to discover new races and for race directors looking to improve their events, the most important elements of any review are fairness and honesty. Please keep in mind, the more thoughtful & detailed your review, the more helpful it will be to other runners. Naturally your odds of winning depend on the number of entries received.

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