The sixth annual Mountain Goat Trail Run and Walk, featuring a 5-mile run and 2-mile walk, was held on April 13, and the second annual Mountain Goat Trail Half Marathon was held on April 14.
The 5-mile run began in downtown Sewanee; the 2-mile walk began at Pearl’s Fine Dining. Both finished at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle. Prizes were awarded for fastest men’s and women’s finisher. Drawings for outdoor gear from Mountain Outfitters were held after the finish of the run and walk. The fastest male was Campbell Kerr, of Kansas City, MO, with a time of 36:48. There was a tie for fastest female between Cindy Spratley and Abigail Shipps, both of Sewanee, in 41:38.
The half-marathon (13.1 miles) began after a three-hour weather delay in Sewanee and followed the Mountain Goat Trail and approximately two miles of public roads before finishing on the newest section of the Mountain Goat Trail in downtown Tracy City. The first place female (and 3rd overall) was Lisa Logan of Ringgold, GA, with a time of 1:51:31. First place male was Eli Andrews of Sewanee, in 1:30:00.
Saturday night’s Hootenanny at Baggenstoss Farms was a collaboration between the MGTA and Friends of South Cumberland State Park to raise funds for a connector between the Mountain Goat Trail and the park.
All proceeds from the two-day event go to the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance (MGTA) to aid their efforts to complete the Trail.
To learn more about the Mountain Goat Trail go to mountaingoattrail.org/.
Pictured are members of the Grundy County Run Club who participated in the Mountain Goat trail race.