Saturday, May 8, 2021 • Viola, TN • Course Map
Runners get the chance to run the peaceful, tranquil hills and mountain valleys of the middle Tennessee region just off Interstate 24 between Nashville and Chattanooga at the Viola Valley Half Marathon, which is set for its 11th annual running along the roads just outside this tiny town of less than 200 residents.
The race takes runners through a section of Tennessee known as the Cumberland Plateau, which rises throughout portions of eastern and central Tennessee along the Cumberland River.
Nearby lies the green, tree-covered hills and mountains of the Savage Gulf State Natural Area and the South Cumberland Recreation Area, both popular parkland areas that runners will be able to see off in the distance throughout much of the race.
The course for the race follows a clockwise, out-and-back loop that starts and finishes on the square in Viola, along Lynn Street, and then takes runners out south from town along Viola Road. The race route then loops around Ragsdale Road, Pleasant Knoll Road and Marcrom Road before heading back into town, where runners will cross the finish line along Lynn Street back where they started.
Organizers plan to start runners off with a scheduled starting time of 7:00 AM Central Time, and following the race, there will be a “Breakfast and Bluegrass” festival in town, which runners and their friends, families and spectators are welcome to attend. Registration is limited to the first 650 entrants, organizers note.
In 2014, the half marathon saw about 230 runners cross the finish line. Registration for the race is limited to the first 650 entrants, and runners will have a course time limit of 4 hours to complete the race.
Race Weather & Climate
Located among the hills of middle Tennessee, just over 83 miles southeast of Nashville and roughly 74 miles northwest of Chattanooga, Viola typically sees mild to warm weather in May, a month that has brought record temperatures here as low as 31 degrees (in 1963) and as high as 96 degrees (in 1941).
On race day (May 8), the average low is 53°F and the average high is 77°F.
- 2020 Viola Valley Half Marathon Results
- 2019 Viola Valley Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Viola Valley Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Viola Valley Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Viola Valley Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Viola Valley Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Viola Valley Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Viola Valley Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Viola Valley Half Marathon Results
7:00 AM (Central Time)
- $40 for the half marathon
- price subject to increase as race day approaches
To reserve your spot in the early fall 2020 running of the Viola Valley Half Marathon race, register online at Reg2Run.com here.
Official Race Website
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