Saturday, February 7, 2015 • Lebanon, TN • Course Map
Nicknamed the “Cedar City” for the abundant cedar trees found throughout this city of roughly 20,000 residents just outside the state capital city of Nashville, Lebanon’s Cedars Frostbite Half Marathon takes runners on what can be a cold late-winter run through the Cedars of Lebanon State Park, which like the city itself, gets its name from the dense cedar forests that grew throughout the country of Lebanon back in Biblical times.
The race also is part of the Tennessee State Park Running Tour, a series of 20 races staged in state parks around the state each year — including 10K, 5K, 10-mile and several other distance races — and this year mark’s the tour’s 34th anniversary. The Cedars Frostbite race is the one of the final races in the series, which starts in October and runs through March every year.
On the morning of the race, runners gather for the start at the Assembly Hall on Cedar Forest Road, which lies roughly a mile from the park entrance. From there, runners — and walkers, the race is open to both — follow an out-and-back counter-clockwise loop route out from the park along Cedar Forest Road to the intersection with Highway 231, where they turn left and head south along 231 until they reach Hurricane Creek Road.
Runners make another left onto Hurricane Creek Road and then follow that road for roughly the next 3.5 miles, through the town of Hurricane all the way to Whipporwill Road. The route bears left again onto Whipporwill and then turns left once again onto Cedar Forest Road, which runners then take all the way back to the finish line at the Assembly Hall.
Most of the course is largely flat, though runners can expect some hills around mile markers 5, 8 and 10, as well as a stretch of the race that takes runners over gravel surface. The rest of the race unfolds over paved surfaces, along the rolling country roads in and around the 900-acre Cedars of Lebanon State Park.
More than 530 runners crossed the finish line at the race’s 2014 running, and the scheduled starting time for the 2016 race is 11:00 AM.
Race Weather & Climate
Located in central northern Tennessee, roughly 30 miles east of Nashville, Lebanon typically sees cool to sometimes very cold weather conditions in the late winter season. In February, temperatures average between 27°F and 52°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 4.1 inches for the month.
On the day of the race (Feb. 6), the average low is 25°F and the average high is 50°F.
- $20 for the half marathon, with race t-shirt
- $8 without race t-shirt
To reserve your spot in the late winter 2016 running of Lebanon’s Cedars Frostbite Half Marathon, register online at Reg2Run.com here.
Official Race Website
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