KODAK, TN – July 17, 2019 – Online registration is now open at www.LoopLope.org for the third annual Cades Cove Loop Lope, the only footrace in Great Smoky Mountains National Park, taking place Nov. 3. Participation is limited to 750 total runners on the 5k or 10-mile courses.
The Cades Cove Loop Lope is hosted by and benefits Friends of the Smokies, an official nonprofit partner of the National Park Service and Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The nonprofit organization raises money to support critical projects and programs in the park including environmental education, historic preservation, wildlife management, and more.
This year, in addition to the 5k and 10-mile courses along Cades Cove Loop Road, the event features a virtual race option for those who cannot visit the Smokies to participate in person. Virtual runners can sign up online, run at the time and place of their choosing, and still support Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
All participants must register in advance and space is limited. To protect the natural and cultural resources of Cades Cove, there are a limited number of parking passes available for runners to purchase at the time of registration. Free parking in Townsend and shuttle buses will be available for all registered runners without a parking pass.
This year’s event is made possible by generous support from Fleet Feet Knoxville, Little Arrow Outdoor Resort, DENSO, Rocky Top Tours, Townsend Gateway Inn, and Unlimited Training Systems.
About Friends of the Smokies
Friends of the Smokies is an official nonprofit partner of Great Smoky Mountains National Park and has raised $65 million to support critical park programs in North Carolina and Tennessee. Discover and donate at www.FriendsOfTheSmokies.org.
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