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Tennessee > Ijams Nature Center Dirty South Half Marathon & 10K
Knoxville, TN  •  Saturday, October 15, 2011  •  Course Map

Set for its inaugural running along the nature trails that wind along the Tennessee River and the Island Home area here in the home of the University of Tennessee Volunteers, Knoxville's Ijams Nature Center Dirty South Half Marathon & 10K makes its debut in the early weeks of fall 2011, along an out-and-back loop course that starts and finishes at the nature center.

The race takes runners along the trails of this roughly 285-acre, hundred-year-old wildlife preserve and environmental education center, which lies along a bend in the Tennessee River, near the part of the city known as South Knoxville, just across the river from downtown. From there, the race route winds through Mead's Quarry, the newly renovated Ross Marble Natural Area and Hastie Park, before bringing runners back to the Ijams Nature Center headquarters for the race finish line.

The scheduled starting time for both races (the 13.1-mile and the 10K distance) is 8:00 AM, and the terrain for the course is made up mostly of single- and double-track trails through the forests, including about a mile-long stretch of paved roads.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in East Tennessee, less than an hour's drive from the Tennesee-North Carolina border and roughly 180 miles east of Nashville, Knoxville typically sees October temperatures that average between 72°F and 46°F, while rainfall totals average just over 2.8 inches for the month. On the day of the race (Oct. 15), the average high is 72°F and the average low is 46°F.

Course Map

View the race route map for the Ijams Nature Center Half Marathon


$20 for the half marathon, if registered by December 31, 2010
$25 between January 1 - October 9, 2011
$35 between Oct. 9 - 14


To reserve your spot in the mid-fall 2011 running of Knoxville's Ijams Nature Center Dirty South Half Marathon or 10K race, register online at imATHLETE.com.

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