Cades Cove Loop Lope

Registration Now Open!


The health and safety of our Friends is paramount. We will be following CDC Guidelines and taking precautions to avoid the spread of COVID-19.

The Cades Cove Loop Lope is the only organized footrace held inside Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Townsend, TN, to benefit Friends of the Smokies. All funds raised benefit park projects and programs such as historic preservation, wildlife conservation, native plant and grassland restoration, and much more.

There are two course options, a 5K or a USATF Certified 10-Mile Loop. Participation is limited to 750 total runners. The 2019 Cades Cove Loop Lope sold out in just a few weeks, so don’t wait to register!

If you can’t make it to Cades Cove on Sunday, November 8, 2020 or the race is already sold out, but you still want to support the park, sign up for the Virtual Race! A virtual race can be run (or walked!) anytime, anywhere, even indoors or on a treadmill. Virtual runners will receive a race t-shirt and undated finisher’s medallion via mail, however, they will not be eligible for awards.

Registration is OPEN. To register and for more information, click here.