Event Course Description/Maps
March 21-22, 2020
Start/Finish Area: Alcoa High School, 1205 Lodge St, Alcoa, TN 37701
Parking Map (download here)
(Summer, 2019: We’re working on some course changes that will eliminate the out-n-back past the start/finish at the school. It involves adding some new trail mid course. So when you reach the school on your final lap. you’ll be done! We’ll update this page later this fall after we have it finalized.)
Note that the info and descriptions below are for the all distances except the Pistol Creek Run full and half marathon. They will generally be on the same course as the Pistol Ultra Run distances with some variations. They will be USATF certified and also internationally certified by IAAF/AIMS later this year and the course info/maps posted. The marathon will be a Boston qualifier.
All ultra distances are USATF certified (see maps below) and are also internationally certified by IAAF/AIMS. Tennessean winners in all distances will be submitted for inclusion in the Tennessee State ultra records here. (A big shout out to the Tennessee record keeper, Buck Jones, for all his work to post and keep up with these!) Will you set a Tennessee record? Maybe even a regional, national, or possibly an international record? Come find out!
We’ll have a large, detailed course map posted in the Pistol Corral at the school. You can also download it here (file size 32MB). The course is a fairly flat, paved, generally eight foot wide greenway that is lit at nighttime. It meanders along the Pistol Creek (hence the name for the event), through Alcoa, by several small bodies of water, and over to Maryville’s Bicentennial Greenbelt Park. It is a linear route approximately 5 miles long with a keyhole configuration at the southern end. All distances start at Alcoa High School and run south for about 4.5 miles, return to the start, then continue north for around a half mile, then return to the start to complete the loop. As described above, runners will pass an aid station every 1-2 miles on each loop.
There is just over 200’ of elevation change per loop. EASY!
There are numerous side trails on this trail system. We will have the official Pistol routes marked with signage, distance-specific colored markings/duct tape/arrows on the pavement, and possibly cones and/or orange flags on wires stuck in the ground. Cutting corners or otherwise not running the entire route is not allowed and may result in disqualification.
This is NOT a closed course. There will be people walking dogs, runners, bikers, baby strollers, etc (depending on the weather and time of day/night). Many wear personal music devices and may be completely oblivious to you approaching. However, they have an equal right to be there too. Let’s show them how courteous ultra runners are!
There are a few minor road crossings. Other than the police escort at the start, no one will stop traffic for you. Use common sense (stop, look both ways, etc.). Do not attempt traffic control at intersections. Wait until traffic has cleared before crossing. To avoid misunderstandings and/or other issues, please do not wave “thank you” at traffic crossings inside Maryville city limits.
For the relay runners, the exchange point will be just past the start/finish area. All relay legs will be 10.36 miles long (one complete loop out of the three needed for the 50K distance). Three-member teams will have each runner complete one leg. On a two-member team, one runner will run two legs, and the other just one (in any order).
From the start/finish line, all runners will proceed to follow the main Greenway Trail down past the the Woody Aid Station and counterclockwise around the loop in front of the Maryville Greenbelt Amphitheater. They will continue back up past the Woody Aid Station to the start/finish line. Then head northeast from the school up to the designated turn-around points (imperial or metric) and then back to the start/finish line for completion of one lap. Those running the 50K will do the metric loop 3 times; the 100K runners will do it 6 times. The 50 milers will complete the imperial loop 5 times; and the hundo runners 10 times. The half and full marathon are brand new this year! The courses for them will generally run in conjunction with the other events. The full marathon will repeat the half course twice. Certification is in the works.
MapMyRun course link: http://www.mapmyrun.com/workout/2723679925
Course Elevation Profile from MapMyRun