The South Cumberland Chamber of Commerce has announced the inaugural Farmers Insurance Mountain Goat Trail Half Marathon (13.1) miles to be held on April 8. This race will be the final race of the Socumos Mountain Goat Trail Race Weekend and it will provide the ultimate test to competitors who choose to run in the high altitude along the Mountain Goat Trail For those who prefer a little shorter run in the mountain altitude, the Mountain Goat Trail Run and Walk will be held on April 7. These two events will be part of the Socumos Mountain Goat Trail Race Weekend
he Socumos Mountain Goat Trail Race Weekend is held to benefit and promote The Mountain Goat Trail, a multiuse, multimodal walking and cycling trail connecting the communities along the path of the historic Mountain Goat Railroad. From 1856 to 1985, the Mountain Goat Railroad carried coal and passengers between Cowan and Palmer in Franklin and Grundy counties. It was named the Mountain Goat because the climb onto the Plateau was one of the steepest railroad ascents in the world.
Now, the Mountain Goat Trail Alliance is seeking to reclaim the path of the railroad. Working with local governments and other interested groups, the Alliance’s mission is to turn the old railroad bed into a multiuse recreational path. When finished, the over 35 -mile trail will connect seven towns in two counties, offering health, recreational, and economic benefits to the area.
The Farmers Insurance Half-Marathon will begin at 7 a.m., in downtown Tracy City, and follow the future route of the Mountain Goat Trail where possible before joining the trail in Monteagle, and finishing in Sewanee. Awards will be presented to the top finishers and medals will be given to all who compete in Sunday’s race.
Saturday’s 5-mile Mountain Goat Trail Run and Walk will begin at 10 a.m., in downtown Sewanee; a 2-mile walk will begin at 10 a.m. at Pearl’s Fine Dining, located midway between Sewanee and Monteagle on Highway 41A. Both the run and the walk will finish at Mountain Outfitters in Monteagle. Prizes will be awarded for fastest men’s and women’s finisher, and for best participant’s costume.
Drawings for outdoor gear from Mountain Outfitters and presentation of awards are planned after the finish of the run and walk.
On Saturday evening, musical entertainment will be provided by Daniel Troutman, Thumping Richards, and Travis Bowlin in Sewanee’s Angel Park, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There will also be food and beverages available along with activities for kids and the entire family.
To register for either race or for both races and to learn more details go to Acitive.com
“After four fun and rewarding years of the run/walk, we’re excited about this new direction for the weekend. We get to keep the same great Saturday event. Plus, we’re adding new ways to promote the trail and to get people walking and running for a good cause,” said Patrick Dean, executive director of the MGTA.