The Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire Department’s Pigeon River 5K is a unique and great opportunity to enjoy the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Eastern Tennessee along the Pigeon River. This event offers participants an option to run a standard officially timed 5K and/or to join a 1 Mile Color Fun Walk/Run. The course is flat and very scenic traveling through the Appalachian Mountains. The BONUS to this run, is that it is helping to fund the operations of Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire & Rescue. Grassy Fork Volunteer Fire & Rescue Station 1 (Grassy Fork) and Station 2 (Hartford) are both 100% Volunteer. These two stations provide protection for our local rafting companies which raft the Pigeon River, 13 miles of I-40, the community of Hartford, Tennessee as well as the community of Mount Sterling, NC and the Big Creek area of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. This event will be an excellent event for the whole family!
Registration will open at noon. There is plenty of parking. Each pre-registered participate will receive a number, t-shirt, 2 bags of color (color run registrants only), and a fun bag. Extra t-shirts, color and sun glasses will be for sale while supplies last. The course will start in front of Rafting in The Smokies – Pigeon River Rafting, Ziplining & Family Adventures. The 5K Run will start at 2:00 PM and the 1 Mile Color Fun Run/Walk will start at 3:00 PM. The Sheriff’s Department will close the course (Hartford Road) just before the run. The relatively flat course will travel Hartford Road towards Lindsey Gap Bridge and return to Hartford. Run waivers will need to be signed at registration. Those participating in the Color Run will also need to bring appropriate clothing and eye protection (we will have some sunglasses for sale) for this run. There will be several options for food at local restaurants, before, during and after the runs. Local and regional firefighters joining us in the 5K run are welcome to wear turnouts.