KNOXVILLE, Tenn.—Crux Ridge Running is hosting its inaugural event, ‘Ultra Trail Knoxville’, at Ijams Nature Center on Sunday, October 15, 2017. Runners can sign up until October 11 for 50k or 25k trail running races within Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness. 

Ultra Trail Knoxville will be the first ultra trail race within the city limits of Knoxville. The unique area provides a fast trail with rolling and flat terrain along downtown’s south waterfront that is sure to be breathtaking at this beautiful time of year for Knoxville. 

One of the race directors, Janessa Taylor, says “I am a professional ultra runner myself, and I wanted to return to my hometown to further the efforts of Knoxville’s urban wilderness and provide an opportunity to race an ultra trail right in Knoxville.”

The schedule of events includes packet pick up at the Runners Market in Knoxville Friday, October 13 from 3-6 p.m and the ultra run on Sunday, October 15. The 50k and 25k will start at 8:00 a.m. at Ijams Nature Center. 

Registration is up and running with fees of $75 for the 50k until August 31 and $85 September 1 until October 11. For the 25k race, the fees are $40 until August 31 and $50 September 1 until October 11. 

All are welcome to Ijams Nature Center after the race for food, raffle prizes, awards, and fun! Ultra Trail Knoxville will donate a portion of its proceeds to further the efforts of The Legacy Parks Foundation, existing to preserve East Tennessee’s natural resources, open spaces, parks and trails.  

Crux Ridge Running exists to create challenging tail races from the mountains of Oregon to the urban wilderness of Tennessee. For more information on this race, visit 

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Janessa Taylor

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