Frequently Asked Questions
When is the race?
The Cades Cove Loop Lope is Sunday, November 3, 2019. The 10-mi race begins at 7:30AM and the 5k race begins at 7:35AM.
How do I participate in the Virtual Race?
The Virtual Race option is for those who want to support Friends of the Smokies, but aren’t able to attend on Race Day. If you sign up for the Virtual Race, you can run either the 5K or 10-mile distance at any time or place of your choosing. You will still receive a t-shirt and an undated finisher’s medallion.
How long is the race?
A 5-kilometer route and 10-mile route will be available. The 5k route will be swept after 1.5 hours. The 10-mile route will be swept after 2.5 hours.
Will Cades Cove be closed during the event?
Yes. Cades Cove Loop Road will be closed until 11AM on Sunday, November 3. Personal vehicles without a vehicle pass will not be permitted past the Townsend Wye until 11AM on race day.
What about the Cades Cove campground?
The National Park Service offers camping in Cades Cove year-round. During the race weekend, camping is only available on a first-come first-served basis. For questions about camping, please contact the Cades Cove Campground Kiosk at 865-448-4103.
What do I get for registering?
Every participant who registers by October 31st will receive a t-shirt and finisher medal.
Does every participant need a vehicle pass?
Vehicles passes are extremely limited, so we highly recommend carpooling or taking the provided group transportation. If you are planning to participate with your family/friends/team/coworkers, only one of you needs to buy a vehicle pass at the time you register, not every individual. The more people you can safely & legally fit in your vehicle, the better. Group transportation will be available, details to follow.
What if I don’t get a vehicle pass? What if they sell out?
If you registered for the race but did not get a vehicle pass, group transportation will be available. Shuttles will be available to and from Townsend. If you do not have a vehicle pass or are not riding with someone who does, you must take the provided group transportation. Personal vehicles without a pass will not be permitted past the Townsend Wye.
Can I volunteer?
Yes! We love to have volunteers for our events. You can see position descriptions and register as a volunteer at RunSignup.com in July. We will need volunteers for aid stations, course monitoring, and check-in.
Can I walk? What about strollers?
Walkers and joggers with strollers will line-up at the back of the starting group for both the 5k and 10-mile courses. Keep in mind there is a low water crossing on the 5K course near the beginning of Sparks Lane where a creek crosses the road.
Will there be aid stations?
Yes. Aid stations will be available throughout both courses to offer water. We encourage you to bring a reusable water bottle to start the race.
Is this course certified?
Yes, both courses are certified by USATF.
For other questions, please contact Friends of the Smokies at
Kathryn@FriendsOfTheSmokies.org or 800-845-5665