Page 60 - Cityview Magazine - July/August 2017
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Trail Running
Get O  the Road and onto the Trail for Some of the Best Running Knoxville Has to O er.
Knoxville Track Club
A good resource to plug into for those looking to run around town. They host 12 trail races each year in and around Knoxville.
Moms Run This Town
A community group of women and moms doing light runs around town and popular 5ks.
Runners Market
Wednesday: 5:30 pm. Social Run from Runner’s Market. Distance varies from 4-7 miles
Bearden Beer Market Fun Run
Monday: 6:30 pm. Group fun run open to all levels of runners. Runners receive $1 o  all pints.
of local breweries, attractions,
and dog parks, the scruffy city of Knoxville is also nationally known for its running trails—complete with gor- geous scenery.
Trail running allows people to connect and stay fit while taking advantage of the fact that, in addition to such close proximity to our beautiful mountains, Knoxville offers over 80 miles of off-road trails.
“A lot of it is about the experience, taking everything in. It’s gorgeous to run through,” says Kristen Stratton, an avid trail runner. “People are realizing that it puts less stress on your joints, and the impact is lighter.” These are just a few of the reasons trail running is overtaking other types in popularity.
Of course, the proper footwear is also important to avoid discomfort or risk
of injury. David Black, Knoxville Track Club’s Interim Executive Director, recommends visiting a runner’s shop to get the best quality for your money and having shoes professionally fitted.
As always, it’s important to stay hydrated,
but carrying a bottle isn’t easy. You may prefer a lean backpack that carries water, such as a CamelBak. Black suggests taking advantage of the brisk mornings and early evenings, and of course, it’s a fantastic way to start or end your day.
There are several trailheads close to downtown, making the sport very accessible. If you’re new to it, make sure to pick up a map, and start out with a partner. Apps like AllTrails and TrailLink allow you to check out reviews and download trail maps,
so you can use them even if you lose service. And it’s nice to have a phone with a good camera, so you can share the beautiful views and awesome wildlife with friends and family.
“It’s not difficult; it’s an adjustment,” adds Stratton. With all the trails and sights to experience, trail running is a signature way to get out and enjoy our scruffy city.
When she isn’t writing or embarking on adventures in the Smokies, you’ll  nd Caitlin McLawhorn passionately advocating for college accessibility.
Third Creek Greenway
3110 Sutherland Ave
Victor Ashe Park
4901 Bradshaw Rd
Ijams Nature Center
2915 Island Home Ave
Forks of the River
3140 McClure Ln
Haw Ridge Park
TN-170 & Harbour Pointe Ln
Concord Park
10960 Concord Park Dr
I.C. King Park
3440 Alcoa Hwy
Norris Dam
State Park
125 Village Green Cir
Melton Hill Park
3230 Williams Bend Rd
Gallaher Bend Greenway
7620 Bull Bluff Rd

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