Motus Panther Creek Trail Run

Endurance Trail Races

Date: July 27, 2024

Time: 8:00 am Half Marathon Start (course closes at 12:00 pm)

Time: 8:05 am 4.2 Mile Race Start

Location: Panther Creek State Park (Boat Ramp)
2010 Panther Creek Park Road
Morristown, TN 37814

Distance: Half Marathon (13.1 mi) and 4.2 Mile Trail Runs

Trail running comes to Morristown, TN to bring one of the toughest and most exciting runs on the calendar.

Nestled around a finger of Cherokee Lake, Panther Creek State Park presents a rural playground for trail runners. Winding through the State Park, participants will encounter plenty of rocks, roots, and climbing to test their grit. Motus Panther Creek will take participants through the landscape and rugged hills of East Tennessee while exploring this magnificent park.

Athlete Guide

Registration Information

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

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

* Early Registration (thru 4/7/24)

* Regular Registration (4/8/24 thru 6/30/24)

* Late Registration (7/1/24 and after)

* No race day registration.

Half Marathon Course

The half marathon course starts off on the same trails as the shorter trail race but then migrates to the more technical and scenic parts of the park. A good portion of the half marathon course runs along the shoreline of Cherokee Lake before tackling the lesser known areas of Panther Creek State Park when rolling hills give way to steady climbs.

4.2 Mile Course

Most of the run course resembles that of a cross country course. The most technical part of the run occurs near the halfway point after a wooden bridge crossing, but then gives way to open fields and rolling hills. A great course for beginner trail runners.

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 4.75 (Sink Hole)
Aid Station #2 – Mile 10.1 (Spoone Recreation Area)
Aid Station #3 – Mile 13.1 (Finish Line)

4.2 Mile Trail Race
Aid Station #1 (water only) – Mile 1.4 (Wooden Bridge)
Aid Station #2 (water only) – Mile 2.4 (Wooden Bridge)
Aid Station #2 – Mile 4.2 (Finish Line)

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


Friday July 26, 2024

5:00 pm Packet Pickup at Panther Creek State Park (Boat Ramp) Begins
7:00 pm Packet Pickup Ends

Saturday July 27, 2024

6:30 am Packet Pickup at Panther Creek State Park (Boat Ramp) Begins
7:30 am Packet Pickup Ends
7:45 am Pre-Race Instructions
8:00 am Motus Panther Creek Half Marathon Starts
8:05 am Motus Panther Creek 4.2 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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