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Loop Lope Registration is Now Open

The Friends of the Smokies has announced that online registration for the 3rd annual Cades Cove Loop Lope is open.  The race will be held on Sunday, November 3.  Participation is limited to a total of 750 runners for the 5k or 10 mile event.  The 10 mile race begins at 7:30 am and the 5k begins at 7:35 am.

This is the only run taking place within the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, so it is a not-to-miss experience.  Runners will enjoy the splendor of Cades Cove while raising funds to protect the park for future generations.  Walkers, joggers, and individuals with strollers are welcome to participate.  Please be aware that there is a low water crossing on the 5k course where a creek crosses the road.  Both courses are certified by USATF.  

Cades Cove is a beautiful setting for the Loop Lope.

The morning fog adds to the beauty of Cades Cove.

In addition to the two course options, their is also a Virtual Race option.  This option allows runners to sign up to run the distance at the time and place of their choice and still support the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Virtual runners will receive a t-shirt and a finisher’s medallion.  Registration and additional information may be found at the organization’s website http://www.friendsofthesmokies.org

You should know that Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed until 11 am on Sunday, November 3 due to the race.  Cars without a vehicle pass will not be permitted past the Townsend Wye.

Loop Lope Organized by Friends of the Smokies

Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  The group has raised more than $65 million to support critical park programs in Tennessee and North Carolina.  

Generous support has been provided by sponsors, including:  Fleet Feet Knoxville, Little Arrow Outdoor Resort, DENSO, Rocky Top Tours, Townsend Gateway Inn, and Unlimited Training Systems.