Mountain Goat Trail Run to Add Sunday Half-Marathon in 2018
Thursday, February 1, 2018
The Mountain Goat Trail Run/Walk will now be known as Socumos Mountain Goat Trail Race Weekend, April 7-8.
The fifth annual Mountain Goat Trail Run & Walk, sponsored by Mountain Outfitters and the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA), will be held on Saturday, April 7. The first Farmers Insurance Mountain Goat Trail Half Marathon will be held on Sunday, April 8.
Sponsors of the weekend to date include the MGTA, Mountain Outfitters, the South Cumberland Chamber of Commerce, Lodge Cast Iron, Tower Bank, the Town of Monteagle, NovaCopy, and Farmers Insurance. Additional sponsors are being sought for the event.
“After four fun and rewarding years of the run/walk, we’re excited about this new direction for the weekend. We get to keep the same great Saturday event, sponsored as always by Mountain Outfitters. Plus, we’re adding new ways to promote the trail and to get people walking and running for a good cause,” said Patrick Dean, executive director of the MGTA.
“Building on the success of the Mountain Goat Trail run by creating a full weekend of enjoyable family activities is a way to bring more people into the event from all over the region. The Chamber is thrilled to work with the MGTA to highlight our beautiful area,” said Jim Harmon, president of the South Cumberland Chamber of Commerce.
The 5-mile run will begin at 10 a.m. in downtown Sewanee; a 2-mile walk will begin at 10 a.m. at Pearl’s Fine Dining. Both will finish at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle. Prizes will be awarded for fastest men’s and women’s finisher, and for best runner or walker’s costume. Drawings for outdoor gear from Mountain Outfitters and presentation of awards are planned after the finish of the run & walk.
The half-marathon (13.1 miles) will begin at 7 a.m. in downtown Tracy City and follow the future route of the Mountain Goat Trail, where possible, before joining the Trail in Monteagle and finishing in Sewanee.
Saturday night’s scheduled events include Thumping Richards and Daniel Troutman in concert in Angel Park. More details and activities will be announced as they are added.
To learn more or to register, go to mountaingoattrail.org/race.