Saturday, August 26, 2023 • Winchester, TN • Course Map
A place filled with forests, hiking trails, cabins, a lake famous for its bass fishing, and a golf course designed by Jack Nicklaus awaits inside the 3,546-acre Tims Ford State Park, which lies along the Cumberland Plateau in southern central Tennessee, roughly an hour’s drive from Chattanooga and Nashville – and a much closer drive to the famed Jack Daniels Distillery in nearby Lynchburg.
Runners start the out-and-back course for the half marathon near the picnic area – the same spot where those running the 10K start – and then head out on what is (very!) roughly a counter-clockwise loop route through the woods and along the lakeshore.
You’ll wind your way along many of the park’s 15 miles of single-track trails, hewing close to the lakeshore in some stretches while other stretches take you through the woods. You’ll experience several bridge crossings during the half marathon, organizers note, as well as plenty of views of the lake.
Lodging for the race weekend will be available in Tims Ford State Park, and organizers ask that if you cannot maintain a pace of 18 minutes per mile or faster for the half marathon, that you please consider running the 10K instead.
Race Weather & Climate
Nestled among the Cumberland Plateau of middle Tennessee, just over 80 miles from Chattanooga and nearly 90 miles south of Nashville, Winchester typically sees its warmest and some of its driest weather of the year in August, which brings temperatures that average between the mid-60s and the upper 80s, and about 6 days of rain each year.
- August 26 average low temp: 65°F
- August 26 average high temp: 86°F
Course Time Limit
- $75 and up – half marathon
- $60 and up – 10K
To reserve your spot in the late summer 2023 running of Winchester’s Swinging Bridge Half Marathon or 10K trail race, register online at UltraSignUp.com here.
Official Race Website
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