Test your endurance at the XTerra Panther Creek Trail Run

Carol EvansGet Out & Play

Hamblen County residents know well the rugged and beautiful terrain of Panther Creek State Park. The park’s hills and trails see their share of local hikers and mountain bikers who want to get away from it all without spending too much precious time traveling to their destination.


About an hour’s drive from Knoxville, this weekend the park plays host to the XTerra Panther Creek Trail Run kicking off on Saturday at 8 a.m. The two-day event will challenge participants with a 4.2-mile trail race, 13-miles of biking and a half-mile swim.

Organized by Dirty Bird Events, entrants will encounter plenty of “rocks, roots, and climbing” while navigating the park. Sound like your cup of tea? Then hike, bike or swim your way to register online here.

XTERRA Panther Creek Trail Races are part of the XTERRA Tennessee Series. Points are only awarded for the half marathon race. A portion of the proceeds from XTERRA Panther Creek will benefit Panther Creek State Park. For more information on the park, click here.

If you’re still recovering from the mini-marathon, we have just the remedy for you: The Bearden Beer Market Fun Run, 6:30 p.m. on Monday, July 29. This is a group run through the neighborhood open to all levels of runners and walkers. Following the event, you can purchase a pint for $1.00 off the regular price.

Skeptical about a beer market with an interest in fitness? Then consider that this is a market with social awareness. On July 25, the market held the “Clean Water = Clean Beer Fundraiser.” I rest my case!

For information about the Fun Run or general information about the market click here or call 865-851-8922.

Onsight Rock Gym holds a Women’s Group Climb on the fourth Thursday of every month. The July 29 climb begins at 6:30 p.m. For more information call 865-888-9123, or click here.

For other outdoor events see the Outdoor Knoxville calendar.

Carol Evans is executive director of Legacy Parks Foundation, a nonprofit devoted to ensuring that our community enjoys exceptional recreational opportunities, natural beauty and open spaces, and that those assets exist for generations to come.                       

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