State Parks Running Tour Grand Prix Welcome note
Welcome to the 35th TN State Parks Running Tour, the oldest State Parks running series in the U.S. Pre-Entry is $8 per race. By running in >4 races, you earn a gift. There are 21 races in the tour, the second being Two Lakes Trail Run in Montgomery Bell S P, on 10-13-12. The Awards Banquet is on the first Saturday in March. Mike Bell is the series new Director.
Please contact the Race Director firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in volunteering. A new award category in the Grand Prix competition was added 3 years ago, where race volunteers will get one point for working (race directors are not eligible). The top 10 volunteers will receive an award at the Banquet following the last race on March 3, 2012. To help with the Two Lakes Trail Run, arrive no later than 9 am.
Walking Start 10 am
There will be an optional start for walkers at 10 am to allow walkers to finish in time to enjoy the post race activities. Walkers will take the course in a counter-clockwise direction which will allow them to see the oncoming runners who will start in a clockwise direction one hour later at 11 am. You can still walk at the 11 am start if that is more convenient for you.
Day of the Race information
-Parking on the baseball field. Follow directions of Park Rangers.-All volunteers need to be at the Ball Field Pavilion at 9 am or sooner.-Registration will open shortly after 9 am.-Walkers start is at 10 am start. Main race is 11 am. Gather at start line 10 minutes prior for instructions.
The Main Entrance in on Highway 70, the Broadway of America. There is a back entrance off of Highway 47 (Part of the old Frostbite Halfmarathon course.) Find your way to Highway 70 and look for the big brown signs for the State Park. All State Parks have big brown signs to direct you. The paragraphs below will help you depending from whence you cometh.
Directions From Nashville
From Nashville, Take exit 192 off of I-40, go North to Highway 70. There go left 17 miles on Hwy 70 past White Bluff. Turn Left into Montgomery Bell Park. The park entrance is ~ 3 miles past White Bluff on the left.
Directions from the West
From the West, take exit 172. Go North on Hwy 46 toward Dickson about 4 mi. until you go under a train overpass. There, turn right onto College Street which joins Hwy 70 in 0.7 mile, go 5.9 miles and you will see the Park entrance on the right.
Directions from Huntsville (and Columbia)
Take 53 to Ardmore and I-65. Go North to exit 35 (Hwy 50) then 9.5 miles west toward Columbia to Tom Hitch Pkwy. Go Right for 3.5 miles to Hwy 412. Turn Left and go 1.8 miles and take Hwy 7 north to Dickson. Stay on Hwy 7 (it becomes Hwy 46) for 34 miles and then crosses I-5 at exit 172. Continue per "Directions from the West" above.
Directions from Clarksville
Take Hwy 13 south as it joins 48 and crosses the Cumberland River. After crossing, stay on 48 for 29 miles until it comes to Hwy 70 in Dickson. Go East 0.9 miles on Hwy 70 to a light and make a left. MB park is then 5.25 miles with entrance on the right.
Link to 300 Photos of the trail
What Jamie Dial said about the 2009 race
I had the pleasure of running the 2 lakes Trail. It was undoubtedly one of the most enjoyable runs I've had. I was in trail running heaven. The RD and MBSP folks must be passionate about having a great race. My first clue was the lady at the campground who gave me a description of the start and got me going. The trail was in EXCELLENT shape. In fact, it was odd to have a trail feel so good. Soon I realized why. I crossed paths with a Park Ranger blowing & CLEARING the trail! It was amazing.
What Cricket said about running in 2008
We ran it for fun last year, stayed near the back of the pack and had a BLAST!!! That was the first time we ever ran a trail run, and are looking forward to running it again.
Trail Marking Volunteers
On Friday October 11th, the race director will need a couple of stalwart volunteers to walk the trail and put up ribbons and flags. They may also wield a root ax. This takes about 5 hours. Contact the RD at email@example.com if you can help with this.
There will be two water stops on the course. One is just before mile three. The other just after mile 5.
Food at the finish line.
It is likely that there will be trail mix bars, some energy bars, some breakfast bars, but we have also had a number of runners and volunteers bring homemade cookies as well and this is encouraged. There will be some electrolyte replacement beverage at the finish line.
This is the second event of the 2012-2013 Tennessee State Park Running Tour. There are 21 races in this series. The campground has 2 modern bath houses with showers. There is ample parking and easy access from Hwy 70.
Map and Directions
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