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 3:30 – 6:30 PM Friday and from 6:30 AM until 8:30 AM Saturday. On Friday, packets may be picked up at race headquarters at the Pi Beta Phi Elementary School. Race day registration and packet pick up will be at the start/finish line location located at 109 East Parkway, Gatlinburg. Click here to see map of start/finish line.
The Opening Ceremony begins at 8:30 AM on Saturday with the race stepping off at at 9 AM. Winners of the runners and marchers categories will be recognized and prizes awarded throughout the day as the events end.
The route begins in downtown Gatlinburg, and makes it way through the town and into the Smoky 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.