The Mountain Man Memorial March consists of two main categories. The March and the Run:The Run portion of the event consists of three events. The full 26.2 mile marathon, a 13.1 half marathon and a 10 Km run. The run events are divided into categories based on gender and age. The March portion of the event has two distances the full 26.2 mile distance and the 13.1 mile 1/2 distance. The event can be completed as an individual or as part of a five person team. Competitors are further categorized into Military and Civilian categories. Competitors in the Military category (teams or individuals) must be affiliated with a military organization or military type organization. Military teams or individuals may register in the civilian categories but civilians without military affiliation may not register in military categories. The March categories are further divided into Heavy and Light categories. Heavy categories and Light categories have uniform and ruck sack weight requirements. See the official rules for complete breakdown of categories and uniform requirements.
Pre-race packet pick up is 1:30 – 7:30 PM Friday 22 April 2016 and from 6:30 AM until 8:30 AM Saturday 23 April 2014. Location of packet pick up on Friday is at the River Terrace Inn. Race day registration and packet pick up will be at the start line location. Opening Ceremony begins at 8:30 AM on Saturday with the race beginning at 9 AM. Winners of the runners’ categories will be recognized and prizes awarded throughout the day as the running events end. Winners of the Marchers’ categories will be recognized and prizes award during the Gold Star Family Ceremony at 8:00 PM. The route begins in Gatlinburg across the street from the Pi Beta Phi Elementary School and makes it way through Gatlinburg and into the Smokey Mountains. The route consists of paved road, gravel road, and other uneven terrain. The route is made of up of flat stretches, rolling hills, and steep climbs. Water points, snacks, medical aid and support staff will be positioned and available along the route.