2017 Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K
The weekend of April 21-22, we encourage everyone to attend the Mountain Man Memorial March held in Gatlinburg to honor our fallen American military heroes. Originally created to pay respects to First Lieutenant Frank Walkup, a University of Tennessee graduate who was killed in Iraq in 2007, this event has expanded as a way to honor all fallen American military members. The Mountain Man Memorial March has become such a big event that it is now the largest Gold Star Mother recognition ceremony in the southeast.
The Mountain Man Memorial March event begins on Friday, April 21 at 7 p.m. in front of *Ripley’s Aquarium where the Gold Star Family Ceremony will take place. This event honors the East Tennessee Gold Star Mothers. The Gold Star Mothers is a group that consists of women who have lost a son or daughter in service in the United States. Attending the Gold Star Family Ceremony would be a great way for anyone to provide support for those who have lost a child in service and show that they care.
The Mountain Man Memorial March marathon will begin with an opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 22 prior to the 9 a.m. race. The run will consist of three events: a full 26.2 mile marathon, a 13.1 mile half marathon, and a 10K race. Entries for individuals or five person teams are accepted, and everyone ages nine and older are welcome to participate.
Competitors in the March are split into two categories: military and civilian. Those who choose to be in the military group must be affiliated with a military organization. However, if desired, those affiliated with a military organization may register in the civilian category. Civilians with no military ties cannot register in the military category. Those who are participating in the marathon will be further split into Heavy and Light divisions. Those choosing to participate in the Heavy division must carry a minimum of 35 pounds during the entire duration of the marathon in either a rucksack or a backpack.
For complete details, official rules, registration information and sponsorship opportunities, visit the official Mountain Man Memorial March web site. More information on the event in general can also be found by calling (865) 974-5371.
Our hope is that you will be able to take time out of your weekend in April to not only participate in a fun and exhilarating race but to honor those who have fallen giving their lives for this wonderful country.
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*Previously held location. 2017 location details TBD.