Motus Knoxville Trail Run

Endurance Trail Races

Date: June 1, 2024

Time: 8:00 am Half Marathon Start

Time: 8:05 am 4.6 Mile Race Start

Location: Ijams Nature Center (Mead’s Quarry)
2915 Island Home Avenue
Knoxville, TN 37920

Distance: Half Marathon (13.1 mi) and 4.6 Mile Trail Runs

The Motus Trail Series moves to Knoxville, TN to bring one of the toughest and most exciting trail runs on the calendar.

Only two miles from downtown, Knoxville’s Urban Wilderness presents a unique urban playground for trail runners. Winding through the Urban Wilderness, participants will encounter plenty of rocks, roots, and climbing to test their grit. Motus Knoxville will take participants through five parks, featuring the old quarries and hills of East Tennessee with a perfect balance of neighborhood backyard feel.

Athlete Guide

Registration Information

Half Marathon Trail Race
Early – $50
Regular – $55
Late – $60

4.6 Mile Trail Race
Early – $40
Regular – $45
Late – $50

* Early Registration (thru 2/11/24)

* Regular Registration (2/12/24 thru 5/5/24)

* Late Registration (5/6/24 and after)

* No race day registration.

Half Marathon Course

The course will explore some of the best single track trails that Knoxville has to offer. The half marathon course starts from the gravel parking lot at Mead’s Quarry and heads down the paved trail for nearly a half mile before funneling down into single track trails. There are 5 road crossings along the course. There is also a brief segment of road running after the first aid station (Anderson School).

4.6 Mile Course

The 4.6 mile course takes a stroll out of the quarry and into the wooded forests of South Knoxville and progressively gets tougher. Rolling hills give way to rocky ascents before ending with a challenging climb around Mead’s Quarry. The views around the quarry are amazing, but you have to earn it. This is also the run course for the Motus Knoxville Triathlon.

Aid Stations

All aid stations will be stocked with water, electrolyte drink, gels, bars, fruit, snacks, and basic first aid supplies.

Half Marathon Trail Race
Aid Station #1 – Mile 4.4 (Anderson School)
Aid Station #2 – Mile 8.0 (Southside Drive)
Aid Station #3 – Mile 13.1 (Finish Line)

4.6 Mile Trail Race
Aid Station #1 (water only) – Mile 3.4 (Gravel Parking Lot)
Aid Station #2– Mile 4.6 (Finish Line)

* Runners are strongly encouraged to carry their own form of hydration on the course.


Friday May 31, 2024

5:00 pm Packet Pickup at Riversports Outfitters Begins
7:00 pm Packet Pickup Ends

Saturday June 1, 2024

6:30 am Packet Pickup at Ijams Nature Center (Mead’s Quarry)
7:30 am Packet Pickup Ends
7:45 am Pre-Race Instructions
8:00 am Motus Knoxville Half Marathon Starts
8:05 am Motus Knoxville 4.6 Mile Trail Race Starts
TBD Awards Ceremony
12:00 pm Courses Close


Age Groups – Top 3 Male and Female

15 – 19
20 – 24
25 – 29
30 – 34
35 – 39
40 – 44
45 – 49
50 – 54
55 – 59
60 – 64
65- 69
70 and over


Athletes must have their official race number visible at all times.

If participants would like to drop out of the race, they must inform the nearest aid station or timing booth at the finish line.

Unsportsmanlike conduct, course cutting, littering, or violation of any of the policies set forth will be grounds for disqualification.

Although we will make every effort, event t-shirts are not guaranteed to participants who register during the late registration period.

Dirty Bird Events has a no refund policy. Race entries cannot be transferred between events, years, or individuals. Refunds will not be issued in the case of inclement weather, natural disaster, or other unforeseen circumstances out of our control.

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