Harrison Bay State Park is the oldest park in the Tennessee State Park system, originally developed in the 1930s. The Run Amok course was developed in collaboration with Harrison Bay State Park ranger staff.
We use a mostly trail course, including packed dirt, some more technical sections with roots and rocks, crushed gravel, and grass. The course is best described as mostly gently rolling hills. Much of the course is wide enough for runners to run two-across; some sections are wider. Approximately 4 miles runs along Harrison Bay, on the dedicated trail.
The entire loop is 6.65 miles long, making it an even 2 loops for half marathoners, 4 for marathoners. 5K, 10K, 50K, 50 mile, 100K, and 100 miles runners will have a marked out-and-back section that will get their mileage up to the correct distance.
You will not be able to find a trail half marathon, marathon, or ultramarathon in this area with this flat of an elevation profile. This race DOES meet all qualifications for Half Fanatics, Marathon Maniacs, and the 50 States Club. This race is USATF sanctioned and is timed.
A portion of each runner’s registration fee will be donated to Harrison Bay State Park specifically earmarked for trail maintenance and upgrades. Money from the first two years of this race was put into action quickly in the form of a boardwalk installed over a section of the trail that frequently flooded and got muddy.
This is not and will not be a certified course. The distance will be correct (we’ve never had a short course and we don’t intend to start now!) If your GPS reads long – we won’t charge you extra. If your GPS reads short, you’re welcome to keep running. Remember that every GPS watch is different and many are not 100% accurate, particularly when you are under tree cover!